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 over 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.
You Are Not Alone. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, there are approximately 70,851 residents in Wilmington, DE and of those residents approximately 53,563 are over the age of 18 years old (75.6%). The World Health Organization states that one in four adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, therefore over 13,000 adults in our city have or will suffer from a mental illness. It is important to talk about and educate ourselves and our community about mental illness because we also know that 90% of people who take their lives by suicide suffer from a mental illness that has either been diagnosed or undiagnosed. Please come out to join us on 5/26.
3rd Annual Rob Hill Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, May 6 at Rock Manor Golf Course raising vital funds for our programs. The 2016 tournament will be held on May 4.
E-Racing the Blues South took place on Saturday, May 9 in Rehoboth Beach. Participants walked and learned more about mental health and suicide prevention.
E-Racing the Blues© for Mental Health was held on October 26 on Wilmington’s Riverfront for the 12th time featuring a 5K run and walk and a 10K run. To view exciting photos from the day, visit www.eracingtheblues.org. Thank you to our many sponsors, donors and participants who have helped us near $900,000 raised! Mark your calendars for 10/25/15 for the 13th annual race.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Mental Health Association in Delaware held our 13th annual Community Mental Health Conference. CMH is more than a conference; it is a one of a kind event that started off at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware on October 12, 2002. Originally coined, People of Color Mental Health Conference, this gem began to shed light on the topic of mental illness, as reported by the Surgeon General, as a public health concern and to end the stigma associated with it in our communities. Mark your calendar for November 12 for this year’s event. Learn More