2015 Impacts & Achievements
Throughout 2015, NAMI Delaware provided support, education, and advocacy to over 7,000 individuals living with mental illness and their families through HelpLine, housing and support program initiatives
- NAMI Connection recovery support meetings continued to meet regularly in all 3 counties. Meetings were held in 5 locations including Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, where new participants found this meeting supportive of their recoveries.
- Family Support Meetings met monthly in 5 locations – 2 new in Sussex County- one in Spanish.
- Provided direct HelpLine support, receiving over 4,500 individual inquiries made by people living with mental illness, family members, caregivers, and other looking for supportive programs and resources.
- Maintained an active role in job training initiatives allowing individuals to gain the skills and tools required to re-enter the workforce. Active with Career Team, Salvation Army’s Keep a Job and Autism Delaware’s POW&R.
- Strengthened the Hispanic outreach initiative through the addition of a Hispanic Programs Specialist. This initiative is supported by Arsht-Cannon Fund and serves the Hispanic community through a bi-lingual HelpLine, bi-lingual family support group and educational opportunities.
- Introduced Compartiendo Esperanza/Sharing Hope, a 90-minute, Spanish or English interactive dialogue which is centered on the presenters’ personal connections to mental health and journeys to recovery, also highlighting how and where to find help and support.
- Launched Hope For Recovery program in all three counties. This one-day, six hour workshop is an overview of mental illness, support options and Delaware resources designed for family members and close friends of people living with mental illness. It is offered at no cost to the participants.
- 44 loved ones received education and support through the 12-week Family-to-Family program in all three counties.
- Continued providing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to 113 officers from 16 agencies. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is an internationally used best practice to train law enforcement officers in ways to manage mental health crisis encounters through a 40 hour training program.
- Continued providing Mental Health First Aid training to partner organizations. 67 human service community partners were trained and certified as Mental Health First Aiders.
- Maintained monthly in-patient and day program educational programs at Delaware Psychiatric Center, Rockford Center, and MeadowWood Hospital that discuss the resources available in Delaware and share recovery stories from volunteer presenters.
- Supported 27 student nurses from Delaware Technical Community College and University of Delaware. The students received education about living with mental health conditions through discussions with NAMI Delaware staff and volunteers. They also met with a variety of people in the community who have mental health conditions, along with professionals who work in the community.
- Annual statewide educational conference, “Inspiring Hope” was held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Chase Center on the Riverfront offering three learning tracks to better address the needs of attendees. This event saw record-breaking attendance of almost 350 with over 40 exhibitors and sponsors, 8 total presentations, and an opening address by Attorney General Matt Denn.
- Further expanded partnership with Department of Corrections by providing speakers (family members and people with mental health conditions) to share their experiences to over 50 participants in the first statewide Department of Corrections Mental Health Training. We also provided educational information for participants’ manuals.
- In partnership with Wilmington University, NAMI Delaware staff participated in psychology classes, introducing NAMI Delaware to the students as well as sharing perspectives of people with mental health conditions through speaking engagements throughout the year. This led to partnering with students in marketing – they combined information received from NAMI Delaware leaders and psychology students to create interesting advertising materials.
- Provided supplemental learning opportunities and job mentoring for interns from area colleges and universities such as University of Delaware’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Department and Delaware Technical Community College.
- As part of Christiana Care’s ongoing training education to psychiatric clinical specialists, nurses, and ER staff, NAMI Delaware staff provides additional education and volunteer speakers living with a mental health condition.
In the Community
- Provided affordable housing to 249 members of our collective community living with mental illness in 60 homes located throughout the state.
- Active participant (through volunteers, Board and Staff) in Delaware Disabilities Council’s Disability Day at Legislative Hall in Dover.
- Provided guest lectures and initiated class projects at high schools and colleges and universities.
- The 13th Annual NAMIWalks Delaware was held at the new location of Glasgow Park, Newark on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. The event raised $64,056 from donations and sponsorships and over 350 participants attended the Walk day celebration.
- First Delaware chapter of NAMIonCampus was established at Wesley College in Dover with 15 student members.
- October’s Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) was recognized with the statewide educational conference as well as first downstate “Shining Light Into Darkness” candlelight service at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Rehoboth. NAMI Delaware also encouraged a week-long interaction on social media, providing users with resources and ideas to promote MIAW.
- Launched “La Voz!” (The Voice), NAMI Delaware’s Spanish language newsletter and released two editions in 2015 to approximately 100 recipients.
- In celebration of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Delaware partnered with Delaware’s Mental Health Association to host a public reading of the Governor’s proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month.