FREE SERVICES - Acadiana NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
posted over 3 years ago by huntercous from Site Organizer/Admin
From the Program & Education Director for NAMI Acadiana:
NAMI Acadiana is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest national mental health advocacy organization who is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with mental illness & their families.
I can attest to the fact that after Katrina hit, many of those with a mental illness could not cope with the aftermath. I know this because all of the mental health workers that came to town to offer help stayed at my house because the motels were full of people who had no where else to live.
Many of those who have a mental health diagnosis were among those here heroically rescuing others in this recent historic flooding at the risk to their own lives & we are grateful. The devastation & loss the flooding has caused grief on a huge scale. This is a trauma for everyone, but is an enormous compromise to the wellness of someone who has a mental health diagnosis.
Though any loss of life is tragic, the small number of lives lost during the flooding was amazingly low due to our wonderful Cajun Navy & neighbor helping neighbor. I must tell you that I have already seen many, who are most vulnerable, in mental health crises and the results are tragic for them and for their families. This isn't just about rebuilding homes, it's about rebuilding lives.
Please know that we at NAMI Acadiana are here for you with free support groups, education classes, educational literature, leads to needed resources & a compassionate listening ear. We provide hope where seems to be none.
My name is Karen DuBois & my number is 337/654-2138 & our office number is 337/504-4753.
Please leave a message if we are on another call & don't immediately answer. We do care & want to help.
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