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NOLA mental health help info

If you know anyone who is having trouble coping with the anniversary of Katrina - or who is just having problems trying to get things moving again in their life.... here is some helpful info to pass along. I have talked to so many people who just feel overwhelmed that I thought this might be a useful post.

-- Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery provides individual and group crisis counseling services. Call (225) 219-5000. The agency also operates a crisis line at (800) 273-TALK.

-- Family Service of Greater New Orleans offers counseling to victims of Hurricane Katrina at four locations: 2515 Canal St., New Orleans, (504) 822-0800; 201 Evans Road, Harahan, (504) 733-4031; 1799 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna, (504) 361-0926; 317 N. Jefferson, Covington, (985) 641-1025: 3002 Jean Lafitte Parkway, Chalmette, (504) 271-3781; 1377 Lindberg St., Slidell, (985) 641-7185.

-- The Center for Family and Youth Services 13101 River Road, Luling, offers counseling and educational services on a sliding fee schedule. Visit www.centerhope.org. or call (985) 331-1999.

-- The Metropolitan Human Services District is providing services for addictive disorders, developmental disabilities and mental health treatment at these clinics: Central City Behavioral Health Clinic, 2221 Philip St., New Orleans, (504) 568-6686; Chartres Pontchartrain Behavioral Health Clinic, 719 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, (504) 942-8101; Plaquemines Behavioral Health Clinic, 3708 Main St., Belle Chasse, (504) 393-5624; Algiers Fischer Community Clinic, 4422 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans, (504) 210-7611; Tulane Medical Clinic at Covenant House, 611 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, (504) 584-1100; and MHSD Division for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, 1010 Common St., New Orleans, (504) 599-0245. Call (504) 568-6686 or (866) 248-0662. After hours and weekends, call the Cope Line at (800) 749-2673.

-- Odyssey House Louisiana offers several programs: Katrina Aid Today provides support services for hurricane victims, connecting victims to resources and assisting in developing personal recovery plans. Substance Abuse Treatment provides outpatient counseling, including services for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Community Prisoner Re-entry program assists nonviolent, non-sex offenders with transition to the community after release from prison. Call (504) 821-9211.

-- Volunteers of America offers free adolescent suicide prevention counseling for ages 13 through 24. Contact Elaine Lane at (504) 485-0147.

-- The National Suicide Hotline offers mental health support and counseling 24 hours a day. Call (800) 273-8255.

-- First Baptist Church of New Orleans offers free crisis counseling for those affected by stress from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Call (504) 482-5775.

-- The T.E.C. Counseling and Training Center at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, Algiers, offers counseling services Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (504) 398-2168.

-- The Orleans Parish coroner's office has a psychiatrist available to process requests for orders of protective custody. These allow emergency psychiatric evaluations for people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse. Concerned family members or caretakers may call Dr. Jeffrey Rouse at (504) 658-9660.

-- The Greater New Orleans Mental Health and Resilience task force is a group of public and private behavioral health partners working on post-Katrina mental health. For information on community resources and meetings, e-mail NOMHR-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

-- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a confidential help line for hurricane survivors. Call (800) 789-2647.

-- National Suicide Prevention crisis counseling hotline: (800) 273-8255.

-- American Red Cross' Access to Care provides long-term recovery support to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Visit www.a2care.org or call (866) 794-HOPE.


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Aug. 26th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks - hope it helps, I know it is needed in this town. I have had so many people ask that I thought I would send it out on these days before the anniversary. Resources have been late coming, but finally they are getting the message that the entire city has some needs in this area.
Sep. 1st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting this. I have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD. This is a huge help. I lost everything in katrina and lived in Lakeview.
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