The Louisiana conference of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will take place Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, at the Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $80, with discounts for NAMI members, consumers and students. To register, visit

The keynote speaker Friday will be Joshua Rivedal with “Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt.”

Friday’s agenda includes a discussion of the Louisiana primary care and behavioral health integration strategy with Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham; a discussion of the Louisiana behavioral health partnership with Foley Nash and Margaret Mitchell; and a discussion of trauma informed care with Dr. Maxine Campbell-Flint.

Also, Dr. James Hussey and Dr. Kris Kaliebe will discuss ways to take control of mental health through mindfulness, meditation, exercise and nutrition. Dr. George Schreiner and Tracy Boudreaux will discuss early identification of mental illness in children and adolescents.

On Friday afternoon, Blake LeVine will discuss maintaining a positive attitude during treatment for mental illness, and Cecile Tebo will discuss mental health crisis intervention for professionals. Alma Stewart will discuss taking a public health approach to preventing youth violence, and Tai Venuti will discuss mental illness and Social Security insurance.

Saturday morning, Tebo will discuss crisis intervention for families, and Dr. Leanne Truehart will discuss firearms access and mental health. Rivedal will discuss how to support friends and relatives after a suicide loss.

On Saturday afternoon, Rivedal will discuss the role of storytelling in suicide prevention, and Melanie Mann will discuss help-seeking behaviors in depressed college students.