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 of 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.
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.