Many people in Delaware experience mental health challenges. Some are not serious. Others may be signs of serious mental illness. Stress, depression or confusion. Changes in relationships, moods and feelings. Learn the signs of mental illness. Learn about treatment and counseling for mental illness in Delaware. Find out more about mental illness, including early onset psychosis and other mental illness that affects teens and young adults.

Psychosis is a brain-based condition that is made better or worse by factors like drug use and stress. Children and youth who experience psychosis often say “something is not quite right” or can’t tell if something is real or not real.


What to Know

When life’s challenges seem too big to cope, take a step back.  Think about how you’ve gotten through challenges in the past.  Think about how you can handle your current challenges.  Sometimes we need help, and that is OK! Talk to a relative, friend, or a professional counselor.


What to Look for

When over-stressed, people show different signs and symptoms. They can become upset, depressed or anxious. Others turn disruptive, impulsive or angry. Some may struggle with tasks that used to be routine. They may lose interest in activities they once loved. It’s important to take notice of any sudden changes in behavior or activities.


What to Do for You

It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Most people struggle to cope at some point in their life. Give yourself some time to understand what you’re going through. Write down your experiences. Talk to someone who can listen without judgment. If you ever feel so bad that you think of harming yourself, call 1-800-969-4357.


What to Do for Others

When someone you know is overwhelmed it is best to just listen. Try to understand before you attempt to help them solve their problems. Make sure they feel heard. Sometimes that’s enough to make them feel better. If anyone you know ever feels so bad that they are thinking of hurting themselves, call 1-800-969-4357.


Promotion / Prevention

Mental health challenges are usually not treated in one visit. Success might mean changing one’s lifestyle over time. Be sure to celebrate small victories. Take preventative measures. Exercise. Manage your stress. Avoid friends that use drugs. These activities will start to become part of the new norm.