MHA hosts community events across Louisiana for caregivers, friends and family and those living with mental health diagnoses. The events are free and  offer insights into local and statewide resources.  Behavioral Health experts lead each forum to share  information and suggestions. Attendees are invited to participate during the robust question and answer section.   

The following events are scheduled around the state. Please check back for events in your area. 

In June 2019, the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge (MHAGBR), also the Louisiana Mental Health America affiliate was awarded a contract from the Office of Behavioral Health. MHAGBR is tasked with running a statewide advocacy initiative for citizens and their caregivers grappling with behavioral health issues. MHAGBR is hosting a series of informational meetings, called Mental Health 911, intended to help individuals and families learn about the behavioral health system and the related resources in our state.  Many individuals and families find themselves in crisis before they realize they need this type of information. Most of the general public are intimately familiar with the physical health care system but few know how to navigate the mental healthcare system for themselves or our loved ones.  

The Mental Health 911 events begin with welcoming the community members and setting the stage for an open dialogue.   Panel members, who are intimately familiar with the local mental healthy system, take turns presenting their role in behavioral health and a general overview of services they offer.  Panel members will also offer ways they can help individuals or families with behavioral health challenges.  Once the presentations have concluded, MHA staff guides the group through a robust question and answer session.    Panelists typically invite participants to speak with them after the meetings or contact them at a later date.

All of the events are free and open to the public. Check Eventbrite.com for registration information.