Delaware non-profit offers mental health services for kids, families


MILFORD, Del. – A Delaware non-profit launched its virtual support group service on Wednesday for families who have children with mental health challenges.

Champions for Children’s Mental Health is a Milford organization that was established four years ago. They provide family peer support to parents and caregivers all across the state by offering services like support groups or individual peer support. They believe their services are especially helpful now as the community navigates unique situations like adapting to new school situations as well as changes during the pandemic. Additionally, all of their staff have at least one child with a mental health diagnosis so they believe they can offer personal perspectives.

“We base what we do off our lived experience and that’s how we help others. We had to learn the hard way by ourselves. We don’t want anyone else to have to learn the hard way and do it alone so we want to walk that journey with you,” says Barbara Messick, the Executive Director for Champions for Children’s Mental Health (CCMH).

Staff say many of their services are reimbursable through Medicaid and they may be able to offer grants for people who are uninsured or who have private insurance. For more information about their programs visit

If your child is experiencing a mental or behavioral health emergency, contact Delaware Guidance’s Crisis Team at 1-800-969-4357.

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