BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of children with autism or attention disorders can learn about alternative and complementary treatments when the Louisiana Chapter of The Thinking Moms Revolution meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 16 in St. Joseph Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

Biomedical treatments work with a child’s body, using vitamins and other natural medicines to treat the underlying source of the problem and not the symptoms.

For information, contact Rainna Moran and Jeanna Broussard at

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A free grief and loss support group sponsored by the Akula Foundation meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call to learn the meeting room. The next meeting will be May 20. To register or for information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.

MENTAL ILLNESS EDUCATION: Relatives and friends of people living with mental illness may benefit from the free, 12-session Family-to-Family Education Program that the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 28.

The class will meet at the Uptown NAMI New Orleans location at 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. The course is designed to help family members and friends understand and support their loved one, while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. To register, call Renee at (504) 896-2345 or send email to

STOP-SMOKING PROGRAM: The Smoking Cessation Trust has reached a milestone in its efforts to help Louisianians quit cigarettes.

In April, the Trust received 1,301 applications for its free products and services, bringing its total enrollment number to 30,140 Louisiana residents who have committed to quitting cigarettes. The Trust’s goal is to help 210,000 Louisianans become smoke-free by 2022.

“As smoking bans in New Orleans and other cities across Louisiana go into effect, we are seeing more people take advantage of these opportunities to give up cigarettes,” said Mike Rogers, CEO of Smoking Cessation Trust Management Services, L3C.

The Smoking Cessation Trust is the result of a court judgment that ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 210,000 Louisiana smokers who began smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988.

Qualified applicants are eligible to receive any of the following Trust program cessation services completely free: cessation medications, individual/group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or intensive cessation support services.

For information or to register online with the Smoking Cessation Trust, visit: or call (504) 529-5665 or toll free (855) 259-6346.