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.
Thank you to whose who joined us for E-Racing The Blues for Mental Health South on April 21st to raise money for our suicide prevention efforts in Kent and Sussex Counties. We were able to raise over $15,000!
The 16th annual Community Mental Health Conference was held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Participants enjoyed a full day of workshops, guest speakers, and panel discussion on this year’s theme of “Substance Abuse and Mental Health – In Our Communities”. Join us on November 8th for our 17th annual conference centered around trauma.
The 2017 Veterans Mental Health Summit was held on Thursday, September 14th at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. We had approximately 220 people attend with workshops from experts on suicide prevention and resources for the military community. Thank you for making this year’s summit a great success! Our 2018 event will be held on Tuesday, September 11th.
Thank you to those who joined us on Saturday, May 19 for Meditate For A Vet. Because of the rain, we thank AI duPont Middle School for the use of their facilities. Thank you to WSFSBank, our presenting sponsor, and Binkley Horticultural & Mr. and Mrs. Ray Boston, our gold sponsors.
Thank you so much for making our 15th annual E-Racing The Blues for Mental Health a huge success! The weather wasn’t in our favor, but we still had an amazing turn-out. Thank you to our sponsors, our volunteers, our team captains, our participants and our donors!
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 Boyle, Ellen Catanzaro, Robert Jackson, Julia Johnson, Heather Schaen, Danny Schweers, Fern Skelly, Dana Talmo, Beth Trepper, Delaney Vorwick, Leah Wells, and Jan Wilkinson.
Mental Health Updates
NIMH’s Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) | NIH News – Symptoms Outdo Diagnoses in Predicting Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Youth
NIMH Strategic Plan Update | NIMH-funded Study Shows Early Intervention Has Best Outcomes | A Patient’s Budding Cortex…in a Dish!
NIH Bipolar Research Study | NIH Depression Research Study | SAMSHA posts FDA’s “Do Not Leave Childhood Depression Untreated”
Updated Count – Mental Disorders in America | Director’s Blog | Bullying Information | NIH Clinical Trials | Guide to NIMH and NIH Clinical Trails
NIMH Funded Studies Recruiting Participants