Press Release - May 3, 2011

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

“Get the Scoop on Mental Health” Dishes out Information and Italian Ice

WILMINGTON — In an effort to promote “May is Mental Health Month,” the Delaware Children’s Department’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, along with participating Rita’s locations and several community partners, is hosting its annual “Get the Scoop on Mental Health” event tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. Children and families can go to a participating Rita’s location to receive a free water ice as well as materials designed to raise awareness and offer ways to seek help regarding various behavioral health and substance abuse challenges.

“Awareness and education are the first steps toward helping children and families who are facing behavioral health and substance abuse challenges,” said Vivian Rapposelli, secretary of the Delaware Children’s Department. “We’re grateful to Rita’s for providing a wonderful incentive to come out and learn more about how to recognize these issues and seek help when needed.”

Studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents has had or is experiencing a mental health disorder. At least one third of these youth do not receive help to address these issues. With the right resources, children and youth with mental and behavioral health needs and their families can achieve a better quality of life.

“Our children are our future – our responsibility,” said Rapposelli. “It is up to us as adults and caretakers to be informed and educated on ways in which we can better support their development and nurture their individuality.”

Hosting the event on May 3rd coincides with National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, a day dedicated to promoting positive mental health through building resiliency. This year, 10 Rita’s Water Ice locations throughout the state have agreed to provide a free kid size water ice to customers from 6 – 8 p.m., to help spread the word. 

The Delaware Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, are dependent, have mental health or substance abuse problems and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts. Through the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, the Department reaches out to children, youth and their families to eliminate the need for state intervention and to facilitate transitions of children in care back to the community.  For more information, please visit

Participating locations confirmed to date:


3230 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont
Community Plaza Shopping Cntr, Rte. 273, New Castle
Midway Galleria, 18701 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach
124 N. DuPont Blvd., Smyrna
3730 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington

7313 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin
600 Newark Shopping Center, Newark
1730 W. Newport Pike, Stanton
2909 Concord Pike, Wilmington
2222 Silverside Rd., Wilmington