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October is National Depression Awareness Month. Everyone occasionally has bouts of sadness, but these feelings are usually fleeting. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. Depression is a common but serious, and sometimes, life-threatening illness that often goes undiagnosed. The good news is that depression is highly treatable. The first step is to talk with your doctor about having a mental health screening. More information about available resources to manage depression can be found on this page, as well as at https://www.samhsa.gov/.

Healing and Wellness Resources

The State of Delaware places the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and members of the State of Delaware Group Health Insurance Plan. Behavioral health and emotional wellbeing are essential components of overall wellness. Finding strategies to help control your overall wellness can improve your quality of life, interpersonal relationships, and physical health outcomes. We’ve put together the following resources in one easy to find location to help you and your families manage your behavioral health and emotional wellbeing.

24/7 Support & Referral Services

  • ContactLifeline Crisis Helpline provides sexual assault counseling for victims and family members: 800-262-9800

  • Delaware 2-1-1 provides Delaware residents with an easy way to get connected to help for essential health and human services, including affordable housing, utility assistance, health care, senior services, food and other vital programs. There are several ways to get connected to a resource specialist: Dial 2-1-1; text your zip code to 898-211; or chat online at delaware211.org. All services are free, multilingual, confidential and available 24/7.

  • Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Hotline:

    • New Castle - 800-652-2929
    • Kent and Sussex - 800-345-6785

  • Help is Here provides addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources. Call 833-9-HOPEDE (833-946-7333)

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration treatment helpline: 800-662-4357