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.

Thank you to those who joined us for a stroll down Rehoboth Avenue on April 21st to raise money for our suicide prevention efforts in Kent and Sussex Counties. We were able to raise over $15,000 for our important work.

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.

Koin us in a large scale guided meditation and yoga practice while raising money to help support veteran mental health! Event will take place on May 19 at Rockford Park. Stay tuned for registration information.

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 hereA 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.

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!

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.