Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

UPROOTING Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Carolina Coronado never thought she’d leave her native country. But one day in the mid-2000s she received a phone call from a Colombian guerrilla group — part of a rebellious anti-government movement — threatening her family. “We moved immediately from Barranquilla,” Coronado said. “I left everything behind. Dog, […]

 

Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Every Tuesday morning elderly Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees come together to socialize, strengthen community ties and improve their mental and physical health. Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at coworking space Bok on Ninth Street near Mifflin Street. The program, run by SEAMAAC, serves […]

 

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

The Nationalities Service Center at 1216 Arch St. helps more than 5,000 immigrants and refugees every year adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia. They offer a range of services including English classes, legal services and connecting people to health services. Gretchen Shanfeld has worked at NSC for more than eight years and currently serves as […]

 

North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

Tyrone Goldsmith used to sit at his grandmother’s window, his backpack ready, and wait for his father. He was 6 years old and had just moved from South Philadelphia to West Oak Lane with his mom. As time went by, Goldsmith (above) realized his dad wasn’t coming.  But he had other male figures in his […]

 

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Improv comedy is a relatively new art form in which many of its performers advocate the benefits which extend far beyond the stage. The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that one in five American adults experience mental illness every year. While improv comedy has become therapeutic to many, role play wasn’t officially established in […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

 

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

The physical benefits of sports and exercise have long been established. Staying active can help fight disease, improve your immune system and show better character traits to help you develop as a person. But what about the mental health side of sports? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common […]

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Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

It has been a decade since the 2006 demolition of much of what was once the Philadelphia State Hospital, more commonly known as Byberry. The mental health institution, established in 1906, quickly found itself in constant battle for funding among the city of Philadelphia, the state and the hospital’s staff — all, many said, at […]

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Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Philadelphia State Hospital, once located in the far Northeast, was built on more than 1,000 acres of land that already had a rich history. In the 1600s, the unmarked land was settled upon by English families and named it after a town in England called Bibury. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the area’s inhabitants […]

 

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

A growing population of Southeast Asian refugees comes with an exciting new culture to learn from, along with serious health needs that require specific attention. Those who lived or immigrated during times of unrest, like the Vietnam War era or the rule of the Khmer Rouge, arrived with specific mental health needs that not all […]