NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined leaders around the United States in recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time for us to strengthen our efforts to address behavioral and mental health. As a City, we are committed to improving the total health of our population, and our aim is to ensure delivery of affordable, quality healthcare services for all residents,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
“Mental health and substance abuse are significant public health challenges in our country and our community,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the City’s Health Commissioner. “The Health Department has been focused heavily on linking those in need with existing services, and has brought together leaders and advocates who impact mental health care in New Orleans to ensure that the system is truly benefitting its patients."
In keeping with Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to improve the quality of life for citizens of New Orleans, Mayor Landrieu and Health Commissioner Dr. DeSalvo have released two versions of a comprehensive Behavioral Health Resource Guide. Both the adult and child versions of the guide serve as tools for individuals seeking care and working toward wellness. They can be found at www.nola.gov/health.
The Behavioral Health Resource Guide provides a comprehensive inventory of all mental health and substance abuse services and resources. It includes information about programs and services offered in community and clinic-based settings by area public and private sector providers and organizations. It also includes resources to help with accessing these services, such as information on public funding options and housing and supportive services throughout New Orleans, and websites with additional useful information.