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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Orleans

NAMI New Orleans is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI New Orleans provides services and resources for people and families struggling with mental illness. For more information visit

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Children's Hospital Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Center

Located at Children’s Hospital’s Calhoun Campus, this program offers acute inpatient treatment specifically designed to meet the needs of children ages 7 to 12 and a separate adolescent unit for teens ages 13 to 18 (must be in high school).

Quick reference

When you or someone you know undergoes a crisis, the New Orleans community offers some resources for free.

These local resources include:

  • Link 211 – Call 211 or 1.800.749-2673 24/7 for information and resources on health services.
  • Jefferson Mobile Crisis Team – Call 504.832.5123 for service to Jefferson Parish youth and adults.
  • Metropolitan Crisis Response Team – 504.826.2675 for service to Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes adults and youth.
  • When in doubt, call 911 – Tell them there is a “mental health emergency” and officers will be sent to assist you and your loved one. Ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer. If your loved one is in crisis in New Orleans, ask for Unit 6512, which is the NOPD Crisis Transportation Unit.

Crisis hotlines to pass along to your loved one

Oftentimes, speaking with someone about a crisis can make a major difference in how a person is able to understand and cope with their situation.

Some free hotlines people can call include:

  • 24/7 VIA Link Cope Line – Call 504.269.COPE (504.269.2673) or 1.800.749.2673 to speak with a crisis counselor. Chat to a crisis counselor online 3 pm - 10 pm Monday.-Friday by going to and opening the chat box.
  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 1.800.273.8255 Deaf/hard of hearing: 1.800.799.4889 for TTY. En Español: 1.888.628.9454. Chat with a crisis counselor 1:00 pm -1:00 am Monday.-Friday by going to Lifeline Crisis Chat online
  • 24/7 Crisis Text Line – Text START to 741741


Clear Answers to Louisiana Mental Health (C.A.L.M) combines a public health, real world approach with academic expertise to help New Orleans better understand and treat psychosis. Click to learn more about the campaign.

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