A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Philly health officials want to 'boost your mood'

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services has launched a new effort for Philadelphians who feel down, or overwhelmed, by COVID-19 or any of the other challenges the city has faced in the past year.

"In the year since COVID arrived in Philadelphia, we all have experienced a prolonged trauma," said Behavioral Health Commissioner Julie Bowen.

The "Boost Your Mood" campaign has two key messages, says Bowen: One, it’s okay not to be okay. And two, you don’t have to simply bear it in silence and isolation.

"You are not alone. We are here to help," Bowen said.

On its website, DBHIDS.org/boost, the department offers wellness tips, resources for children and families, a screening questionnaire and places to go — online or in-person — for services, 24 hours a day.

"DBHIDS is committed to reducing the stigma of seeking mental health and substance abuse services," Bowen said.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story referred to the agency as the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities.