As part of the state’s efforts to connect residents to needed mental health and addiction recovery resources, Delaware has launched its revamped Help is Here website.

“Today, we are excited to share the revamped website,” said Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, PhD, RN, and Chair of the Behavioral Health Consortium.

“Delaware’s a small state, but that means we are uniquely poised to bring people together to get things done,” she said. “The behavioral health and substance use crisis impacts all of us – regardless of Zip code, background, experiences – and we need to continue to address it with urgency and action. Connecting Delawareans to resources is critical and that is exactly what this redesigned website will do.”

The website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for those seeking help for substance use disorder or mental illness, along with their family members, community organizations, and health care providers. The site was developed primarily by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and is available in English and Spanish. While developing the revamped website, DHSS held months of listening sessions and focus groups.

“This new and improved website is the result of months of listening sessions with community members, support groups, and substance use professionals,” said DHSS Cabinet Secretary Josette Manning. “Through these focus-group sessions and one-on-one interviews, we heard what was needed, and we developed a website with those needs and concerns at the forefront.”

As part of the website revamp, DHSS focused on developing an easy-to-navigate design. The new website also offers resources including lists of treatment providers and facilities, with information on where to find an open bed nearby. There is also free and easy access to Narcan, an over-the-counter drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, along with training on how to use it.

“Creating this website was a joint effort,” Secretary Manning said. “And now we need a continued joint effort to ensure anyone in Delaware who is struggling with substance use disorder or mental illness, as well as their loved ones, is aware of this potentially lifesaving resource.”

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