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.
E -Racing the Blues© for Mental Health was held on October 25 on Wilmington’s Riverfront for the 13th time featuring a 5K run and walk and a 10K run. To view exciting photos from the event, visit www.eracingtheblues.org. Thank you to our many sponsors, donors and participants who have helped us near the $1,000,000 mark! Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 30 for the 2016 event.
Comedy Night – Please join us on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 at the Grand Opera House for MHA’s First Annual Comedy Night. The event will feature 8 comedians, namely: James Mattern, Vinnie Vitale, Paul, Goncalves, Lauren Chicklo, Andrew Ginsburg, Sheba Mason, Terry Trespicio and Erik Braunstein, and will benefit MHA and area animal shelter organizations. You can join the fun of the evening for just $40 per person or sponsor the night and attend our VIP reception prior to the show and meet the comedians for $500, including show tickets for two. Call Laurie McArthur today at 302-654-6833 to order tickets!
4th Annual Rob Hill Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, May 4 at Deerfield Golf Course raising vital funds for our programs including our suicide prevention initiative. The event will be held in 2017 in June.
The 3rd annual E-Racing the Blues South was held on Saturday, April 30 in Rehoboth Beach. Participants walked just under 2 miles to learn about mental health and suicide prevention for a chance to win great prizes. Our 2017 event will be held on April 29.
The 2016 Veterans Mental Health Summit will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 8:30 to 3:00 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The conference is free to the public and will include workshops from experts on suicide prevention and resources in the military community, along with local exhibitors, lunch and 3 CEU’s. Click here to register and/or to exhibit.
On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Mental Health Association in Delaware held it’s 14th 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. The event was held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront and the topic was “Understanding Mental Wellness”. Mark your calendar for November 10 for the 2016 event.