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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Breaking the Silence

Register Now for Free Conference on Mental Wellness - April 4th & 5th - Philadelphia, PA


Sens. Costa, Wiley, Hughes, Smith, Teplitz
Click here to watch

Behavioral health* issues take a tremendous toll on our community due to the associated stigma, the strong tendency to remain silent when confronted with behavioral health concerns, the misunderstanding of the nature of the illnesses, and the lack of clarity about how to identify and access available, appropriate services and resources.

That’s why I’m excited to announce that my office, partnering with Temple University Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy, and the Black Women’s Health Alliance, is once again organizing “Breaking the Silence: A Summit on Mental Wellness” on April 4th and April 5th of 2014. The event will feature guest speakers, workshops, and panel discussions to address behavioral health issues in our community.

Check out this website to learn more and register:

You can view the full schedule at the link above, but some of the topics will include: Affordable Care Act and Behavioral Health Services, Empowering Parents Impacted by Autism, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, Blurred Lines, Re-Entry 101: Living For The City, I'm Human Too! LGBTQIA Populations and Mental Health, What Happens In This House Stays In This House, BINGE EATING, The Art of Counseling African-American Men, and many more!

Please note that over the course of just 2 days, we will have over 100 workshops! Some of these workshops are eligible for CEU credits. The presentations will also cover employment services to adult consumers of mental health services through the city of Philadelphia.

Please visit the website to register and pass along this e-mail to your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can break the silence and become a healthier community!

State Senator Vincent Hughes

 * The new term behavioral health replaces the term mental health


PA Senator Vincent Hughes Makes Mental Health a Priority

Mar 12, 2014 | By Tonya Pendleton |

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes is known by Philadelphians as a hands-on legislator with an active community agenda. As part of that agenda, the West Philadelphia native has been a major part of raising awareness for HIV/AIDS along with his wife, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and for sponsoring events that deal with finances and assistance for the elderly.

Hughes is also very passionate about mental health. This year, he will hold his fifth mental health symposium, ‘Breaking The Silence’ at Temple University’s medical school on April 4th and 5th. Here’s why Hughes feels that mental health is particularly important in the African-American community. » Continue Reading

You can find out more specifics about the Breaking the Silence: A Summit on Mental Wellness and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579
Watch Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness