Welcome to the MHA

The Mental Health Association in Delaware promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.

The Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) is a statewide, nonprofit organization founded in 1932 to promote mental health. MHA provides services throughout Delaware, and our focus is education, support and advocacy for mental health issues.

MHA is an affiliate of Mental Health America. With 240 affiliates, Mental Health America represents the largest and oldest voluntary citizen’s organization concerned with mental health and mental illness.

Mental illness is a major public health problem, with one in five Americans experiencing depression or anxiety disorders every year. This means more than 100,000 Delawareans, including children, are affected by these illnesses annually.

Depression, if left untreated, is as costly to the American economy as heart disease or AIDS. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the annual cost of depression in the United States is estimated to be $43.7 billion dollars in lost productivity, absenteeism, treatment cost and mortality.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, UMatter2DE, the Higher Education Suicide Prevention Subcommittee of the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, will be hosting the first Higher Education Suicide Prevention Conference at Wilmington University Dover Campus. The keynote address will be delivered by Jennifer Smolowitz, Project Director for Suicide Prevention at the Mental Health Association in Delaware. If you work in the higher education setting and/or are a student, come join us to learn more about higher education suicide prevention and topics on self-care. Click here to register.

MHA has recruited 12 local artists to provide their favorite piece to grace the cover of a note card. Pack of 12 cards (including envelopes) with inspirational sayings on the back for $15. Choose between a set of one artist or a variety pack. Get yours here! A BIG thank you to the artists: Katee BoyleEllen CatanzaroRobert Jackson, Julia Johnson, Heather SchaenDanny Schweers, Fern Skelly, Dana TalmoBeth Trepper, Delaney Vorwick, Leah Wells, and Jan Wilkinson.

Join us on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:00 for our 16th Annual E-Racing the Blues for Mental Health at our new location.  The beautiful Glasgow Park in Bear will be our new site featuring a walk and surprise contests. Click here to register, start a team, donate, and/or sponsor!

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Mental Health Association in Delaware will be hosting the 17th annual Community Mental Health Conference featuring our Keynote Speaker, Pamela E. Freeman, LPC who’s topic is “Trauma:  Moving from Surviving to Thriving”.

Attended by all walks of life from social workers, students, educators, community advocates, nurses, faith-based communities and those with lived experience, we hope that you may find the time to come join us for this event.  Admission includes hot lunch and full-day of workshops and networking. Click here for printable sponsorship form.