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NAMI New Orleans offers a variety of support programs for family members and caregivers of people living with mental illness.  These programs include three monthly Family Support Groups, the Family-to-Family education course, and our Family Guide: A Roadmap to Resources and Support, which can be downloaded by clicking here (or call our office at 504-896-2345 if you would prefer that we mail you a copy).  See below for more information on each of our family programs.


Do you ever feel alone in the world? Coping with mental illness can be one of the toughest experiences one can endure. NAMI New Orleans offers three monthly Family Support Groups that are open to anyone with a family member living with a mental illness. Feel free to any or all of these groups.

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The first Wednesday of each month – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

NAMI New Orleans Uptown Friendship Club
1538 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Parking on the ground floor, meeting room on the 2nd floor.


The third Tuesday of each month – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

NAMI New Orleans Westbank Friendship Club
2051 8th St.
Harvey, LA 70058
Park in lot behind building and enter through rear door.


The fourth Thursday of each month – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Congregation Beth Israel
4004 West Esplanade Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002

In a support group no one is alone. Everyone has the opportunity to share their experiences with others in similar situations. You may learn of new resources and gain knowledge and confidence in dealing with a loved one’s mental illness.

For more information, please contact Shannon at or (504) 896-2345.


The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12 week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members and provides: current information on the major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and others; information about medications; strategies for handling crises and relapse; and most of all, how to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, which will in turn allow you to best support your mentally ill loved one to work toward recovery.  The course is open to anyone who has a family member living with a mental illness.  To register or for more information, please contact (504) 896-2345 or email



Survivors of Suicide Loss is a free peer-led support group for adults whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide, whether recently or in the past.  The group meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are held at the: NAMI New Orleans Uptown Friendship Club at 1538 Louisiana Ave. in New Orleans (parking is on ground floor, meeting room on the 2nd floor).  Please call (504) 410-7025 or email before attending and a volunteer facilitator will contact you as soon as possible.


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