People with mental illness, and their friends and family, can find resources and support through NAMI New Orleans, 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. The organization’s executive director is Lisa Romback; its phone number is (504) 896-2345 and its website is

NAMI New Orleans offers support groups for friends and relatives of people with mental illness. Group meetings are led by trained facilitators and provide opportunities to share, discuss and resolve issues as they come up. Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at 2051 8th St. in Harvey.

The Sojourner Truth family support group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St., New Orleans. Visitors should enter the parking lot from North Galvez Street.

Connection support groups for people with mental illness are held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday at 1538 Louisiana Ave. in New Orleans and from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Friday at 2051 8th St. in Harvey.

People who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide may benefit from a support group that meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans.

Those planning to attend are asked to call (504) 410-7025 or send an email to in advance.

NAMI New Orleans also publishes a Family Resource Guide, which offers guidance for families navigating a mental health crisis. It is available to download at

NAMI New Orleans has a family resource specialist, Cecile Tebo, available to assist those in the New Orleans area in finding resources for themselves or loved ones. Call NAMI New Orleans at (504) 896-2345 for more information or to schedule an appointment.