MENTAL HEALTH AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS: NAMI New Orleans, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is sponsoring a presentation and discussion about mental health among African Americans from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 LaSalle St., New Orleans.

The presentation, “Sharing Hope,” is led by an individual living with a mental illness and a family member of someone with a mental illness.

Presenters share their personal experiences as well as information about signs and symptoms of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression, and guidance for families dealing with these illnesses.

The presentation is part of the observance of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental illness affects one in four adults in America.

While rates of mental illness are similar in all population groups, the U.S. surgeon general has noted that African Americans:

  • are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness
  • have less access to and availability of mental health services
  • often receive a poorer quality of mental health care
  • are underrepresented among mental health professionals
  • are underrepresented in mental health research.

For additional information about NAMI New Orleans, visit To learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month visit

AGING AND YOUR EYES: Touro Infirmary ophthalmologist Kevin Kirchner will lead a seminar on “Aging and Your Eyes” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Foucher Room on the second floor at Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans.

Kirchner will cover topics including dry eye syndrome, macular degeneration, cataracts, tear duct problems, sagging eyelids and cosmetic procedures.

The event is free, and lunch will be provided, but registration is required. To register, call (504) 897-8500.

SIBLING CLASS: A free sibling class for children ages 3-11 in growing families will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in the River Room on the first floor of the Ochsner Medical Center West Bank Campus. There will be activities and a tour of the mother-baby unit. To register, call (504) 391-5529.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP GUEST SPEAKER: Marie Clesi, of the Jefferson Council on Aging, will be the guest speaker when the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s support group meets at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Esplanade One room of the first-floor conference center at East Jefferson General Hospital.

The Big Easy group meets on the last Monday of each month. For information about the group, contact Bonnie Huddleston at (504) 905-6355 or

LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER: Volunteer cosmetologists will help women undergoing cancer treatment learn how to deal with appearance-related side effects from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Dreyfous 1 Conference enter at East Jefferson General Hospital.

This is a free hair and make-up program for women with cancer who are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

Please provide us with your skin type: such as, light, medium or dark. Also please do not wear make-up to class.