(a work in progress)
Wellness and spiritual practices to promote mental health:
Phone apps for guided meditation / progressive relaxation/managing stress. They are both free.
- PTSD coach: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/ptsdcoach.asp
- Mindfulness: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/top-meditation-iphone-android-apps#the-mindfulness-app
Black Lives Matter Mindfulness Meditation and The Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset. Both free and found on this website: http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes and workshops (at Penn and Jefferson). Every so often Penn also offers a class specifically for teens and tweens on managing stress.
Free online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course:
Free and low cost yoga and wellness in West Philly :
Studio 34: http://studio34yoga.com/yoga-movement/class-schedule/
Ahimsa House: http://www.ahimsahousephilly.org
West Philly Community Acupuncture http://www.westphillycommunityacupuncture.com
A Community Acupuncture Clinic in West Philly
We want acupuncture to be accessible to as many people as possible.
We charge on a sliding scale of $20 – $40 per treatment, you choose what to pay – no questions asked. (215) 222 – 2303, or walk in during business hours.
Located at 4636 Woodland Avenue, next to Four Worlds Bakery, closer to the corner of 47th Street.
Welcoming West Philly Communities
- West Philadelphia YMCA 52nd and Chestnut Street https://philaymca.org/locations/west-philadelphia/ Not only is the West Philadelphia Y the place for you to stay active and healthy, but it is a safe, fun environment to make new friends and volunteer to help others. There are many programs and services offered at the Y each day to help all our community members learn, grow and thrive in their own unique way. Financial assistance available.
- Studio 34 http://studio34yoga.com/ To foster wellness and community through the healing and creative arts
- Faith Communities that share space at 48th and Baltimore:
- Calvary United Methodist Church http://www.allmeansall.org/
A reconciling community where all are welcome in God’s inclusive love and where all means all.
- Kol-Tzedek http://www.kol-tzedek.org/
A young and growing Reconstructionist social justice-focused synagogue in West Philadelphia with a vision of being a neighborhood Jewish community for people who otherwise didn’t fit into synagogue life.
- West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship http://www.wpmf.org/
A welcoming Anabaptist congregation that meets for worship and fellowship, journeying together as followers of Jesus in Philadelphia. We welcome people of any ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, status, physical or mental ability to join us on this journey drawing closer to God.
General Community Resources
Close at Hand https://www.universitycity.org/publications a directory of local resources from health centers and fitness places, to parks and community organizations, to community gardens and free food…. available online at this link or pick up a paper copy at 3940 Chestnut.
Philadelphia Health Centers https://beta.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/city-health-centers/ The closest center to Studio 34 is at 555 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia FIGHT https://fight.org/ Community Health Centers provide culturally competent comprehensive primary care, and state of the art HIV primary care to low income members of the community, along with research, consumer education, advocacy, social services and outreach to people living with HIV and those who are at high risk, including family members, communities with high rates of HIV, formerly incarcerated persons, and young people at risk; and access to the most advanced clinical research in HIV treatment and prevention.
The People’s Emergency Center https://www.pec-cares.org/
The People’s Emergency Center’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia. PEC offers more than 250 affordable housing units, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology coursework. PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights.
Mental Health Resources in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services https://dbhids.org/mental-health-services/
The Mazzoni Center https://www.mazzonicenter.org/ LGBT Health and Wellbeing. Health care, counseling, individual and group therapy, legal services
The Open Path Collective https://openpathcollective.org/open-path-staff/ Affordable counseling services for uninsured and under insured
Mental Health Care for People with No Insurance http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/departments-centers/psychology/clinic/ Therapy provided by students who are supervised
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness https://www.nami.org Local phone number: (267) 687-4381 The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
1-800-273-8255 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
215-685-6440 Call the Mental Health Delegate Line (Philadelphia) if you are seeking help for yourself, a family member, a friend, etc. (available 24-Hours a day, 7 days a week) to obtain the following service(s):
- Information, consultation, guidance, technical advice and referral
- A Mobile Crisis Team for on-site assessment and intervention
- Referral to a nearby Crisis Response Center for evaluation, treatment and recovery services
- Deployment of a Crisis Specialist to provide appropriate support and related service for a limited period of time to a person in their own home who is experiencing a significant crisis
- Applications for Involuntary Emergency Examination and Treatment for Persons who have a mental disability, are a danger to themselves or others and refuse to accept treatment
- A short term mental health crisis residence providing intervention for various psychiatric stress conditions
- A Community Response Team for communities experiencing violence and other traumatic events to foster resilience by offering support, crisis counseling, psychological first aid, psycho-education and referral for other appropriate service
215-685-6440 Mobile Crisis Unit https://dbhids.org/about/organization/office-of-mental-health/behavioral-health-crisis-intervention-services/24-hour-mental-health-delegate-line-215-685-6440/ Offering 24 hour support, offering guidance, answering questions, and can come onsite to help with managing a crisis and helping with a hospital admission if needed.