There are around a million residents of Delaware, and nearly 4% of them suffer from serious mental conditions. One in five suffers from some form of mental illness. Less than half of these people receive any treatment. The youth of Delaware are particularly vulnerable. An astonishing 16% of high-schoolers report suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Delaware residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
The state government offers help through Mobile Crisis Intervention Services. The phone number for northern Delaware is 1-800-652-2929 and for southern it’s 1-800-345-6785. The hotlines are open 24/7 and the goal of MCIS is to connect those in need with resources.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10AM until 8PM EST, there is a 24/7 text-line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.