• 2017 NAMI Louisiana State Conference

     

    April 8th
    First United Methodist Church
    Baton Rouge, LA

    2017 NAMI LA State Conference Sponsored by

  • About NAMI

    In August of 1984, a statewide meeting of 108 family members convened in Alexandria, Louisiana. The purpose was to bring together families to discuss the need organize a Louisiana state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). On September 18, 1984, the Louisiana Alliance for the Mentally Ill (L’AMI), was formed. In 1998 the name of L’AMI was changed to NAMI Louisiana in compliance with changes made at the national level of the organization.

    NAMI Louisiana is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization made up of family members, peers, behavioral health professionals, and friends. The mission and purpose of NAMI Louisiana shall be to support and advocate at the local, state, and national levels the promotion of the quality of care, rights and interests of those affected by mental illness. NAMI Louisiana is dedicated to eradicating the stigma, myths, and misconceptions of mental illnesses, to improving the quality of life for all who are affected by these illnesses, and to supporting recovery. It supports local affiliates by providing leadership, training, and technical assistance. It is dedicated to serving our communities by empowering peers and families and promoting meaningful systems change.

    As mental illness strikes people regardless of age, race, creed, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or many other differences we may have on the surface, we are working to be inclusive of everyone.

     

    Please follow us on facebook and twitter! (@NAMILouisiana)

     

    Central to NAMI Louisiana is a commitment to programs that are both peer/consumer-driven and family-driven; to the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support that are essential to wellness and quality of life; and to full and meaningful lives for all persons. We are indebted to all of our supporters who demonstrate concern and support for our work on behalf of all people affected by mental illness.

    NAMI affiliates are located throughout the state (see affiliates tab on this website). Our free educational programs offer resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support for families and those in recovery. NAMI’s Family to Family program was recently added to the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) National Registry of Evidence Based Practices, a major accomplishment. Our volunteers who run our educational offerings strive to better equip the class participants with the knowledge they need to navigate the mental health system in the state of Louisiana.

    All of our programs are taught by peers and family members; people who have lived the journey and can relate on a personal level to those seeking knowledge and comfort. These volunteers are trained by NAMI Louisiana according to the best practices instituted by NAMI National. The highest standards are maintained by this practice and are governed by the oversight of each program’s Steering Committee and the Education Committee.

     

    Even though one in four families experience some form of brain disorder, there are few educational sources that explain the treatment and recovery process. The lack of knowledge about brain disorders in the medical profession and the public is immense. Through peer courses, frequent newsletters, electronic media, and a close working relationship with many collaborative coalitions, we are able to educate our members and the public. NAMI has been leading the way to fill the many gaps by acting as an educator and communicator of information.

  • Programs

    We offer a variety of education classes, presentations, and support groups.

    NAMI Basics

    Education Class

    NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. This course is also available in Spanish, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Family-to-Family

    Education Class

    NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA. The course is also available in Spanish, De Familia a Familia de NAMI. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Homefront

    Education Class

    NAMI Homefront is a class for families, partners and friends of military service members and veterans experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed specifically to help these families understand those challenges and improve the ability of participants to support their service member or veteran. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Peer-to-Peer

    Education Class

    NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants. This program is also available in Spanish, De Persona a Persona de NAMI. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Provider Education

    Education Class

    NAMI Provider Education is a class for line staff at facilities providing mental health treatment services. The NAMI Provider Education class is designed to expand the participants' compassion for the individuals and their families and to promote a collaborative model of care. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Ending the Silence

    Presentation​

    NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI In Our Own Voice

    Presentation​

    NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation for the general public to promote awareness of mental illness and the possibility of recovery. This program is also available in Spanish, En Nuestra Propia Voz de NAMI. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies

    Presentation​

    NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies is a presentation for teachers and other school personnel to raise their awareness about mental illness and help them recognize the early warning signs and the importance of early intervention - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza

    Presentation​

    NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza is a bilingual presentation for Latino communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and highlight how and where to find help. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Sharing Hope

    Presentation​

    NAMI Sharing Hope is a presentation for African American communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and highlight how and where to find help. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Connection

    Support Group

    NAMI Connection is a weekly or monthly support group for people living with a mental health condition. This program is also available in Spanish, NAMI Conexión. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Family Support Group

    Support Group

    NAMI Family Support Group is a weekly or monthly support group for family members, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

    NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

    Outreach & Advocacy​

    NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs#sthash.Gp5Brs1e.dpuf

  • Staff

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    Board of Directors

    NAMI Louisiana
    Leadership:

    Nicole McGee

    Executive Director

    nmcgee@namilouisiana.org

    Anthony Germade

    Kaila Hutchison

    Administrative Assistant

    khutchison@namilousiana.org

    Dr. Holly Houk-Cullen

    Board President

    Antonio Carriere

    Board Vice President

    Dr. Tiffany Bates

    Board Secretary

    MaryEllen Pratt

    Board Treasurer

    Greg Mullowney

    Board Member

    Dr. Linda Kelly

    Board Member

    Dr. Brian Turner

    Board Member

    Denise Grigsby

    Board Member

    Dr. Juliana Fort

    Board Member

    CJ Johnson

    Board Member

    Denver Nobles

    Board Member

  • Events

    Be a part of our upcoming events!

    In Our Own Voice Training

    March 17th & 18th in Baton Rouge

    Please contact your local affiliate for application.

  • 2017 NAMI Louisiana State Conference

    April 8th

    First United Methodist Church

    Baton Rouge, LA

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  • NAMI Louisiana Affiliates

    We are Statewide!

    NAMI St. Tammany

    Nick Richard- Executive Director

    nrichard@namisttammany.org

    www.namisttammany.org

    NAMI New Orleans

     

    Lisa Romback- Executive Director

    NAMI Southwest

     

    Lolita Ceaser- Executive Director

    Lolitaceaser@aol.com

    www.namiswla.org

     

     

     

    NAMI Central

     

    Paula Johnson- President

     

     

    NAMI Northwest

     

    Brian Byrd- President
     

    NAMI Ruston

     

    Dr. Jerrilinne Washington- President

    NAMI Baton Rouge

    Florence Day- President

    fday@entergy.com

    namibr.org

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