Message from the Director
As a longstanding business owner and service provider in Delaware, I, alongside many other national and state leaders, have grave concerns over the general wellbeing of our family, friends, and neighbors. According to the Oxford Dictionary, wellbeing is, “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.”
By this definition alone, it is evident that an increasing number of Delawareans are not well. Mental health concerns were already on the rise across America prior to the pandemic. In 2019, 19.86% of adults experienced a mental illness, equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans. Post-pandemic, the numbers are considerably worse. For example, almost 5% of all American adults report having serious thoughts of suicide, an increase of 664,000 people from last year.
We are experiencing in real time how the collective trauma caused by the pandemic amplifies present issues across the state. - READ FULL MESSAGE