NAMI New Orleans, Inc.


NAMI New Orleans offers hope, help, and healing to people with mental illness - and to those who share their lives - through family support, education and advocacy, and quality psychosocial services. Our work helps individuals live with dignity and independence within the community, enriching all our lives. In 2018, NAMI New Orleans celebrates 40 years as the leading voice on mental illness awareness in the region.

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Category: Human Services
Parish: Orleans
NAMI New Orleans began as a psychosocial program in 1978. Its mission at that time (and still today) was to provide psychosocial supports for persons with mental illness and to be a family support and advocacy program for the community. Each year, NAMI New Orleans serves over 4,900 individuals and families residing in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes. Many of our constituents live with severe and persistent mental illness including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, major depression, and anxiety. NAMI New Orleans offers a variety of opportunities to empower and support individuals and families impacted by mental illness including: Mental Health First Aid; Family-to-Family Course; Peer-to-Peer Course; Mental Healthcare Navigation Team; Family Support Groups; Connection Recovery Support Group; Education Presentations; Drop-In Center; case management; therapeutic counseling; and day treatment programs.
"NAMI New Orleans is a community. I enjoy connecting with others and participating in group activities." - Kate, NAMI New Orleans Member

"It was great to connect with other family members. We shared our experiences and coping tips. We truly learned from each other." - Eileen, Family-to-Family Course Participant and NAMI New Orleans Member

"I started attending Drop-In and found a community of people who accept me. It instantly felt like I had a home at NAMI New Orleans. I no longer felt alone." - Morley, Drop-In Center Peer Mentor and NAMI New Orleans Member

"Connecting with others and attending the support group helps when I'm down or having a hard time. I'm not afraid to talk about living with a mental illness." - Nina, NAMI New Orleans Member

"NAMI New Orleans was the only place that gave Nina her independence. She was once withdrawn. Nina is now outgoing and self-sufficient. Nina is thriving." - Denise, Family Member, NAMI New Orleans