May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1st, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States during May. The Library’s Health Literacy Educator has partnered with community organizations to provide a variety of mental health-related programs throughout the month. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.


Basics of Substance Use Disorders and Treatment Options
This workshop, presented by Christina Illarmo of the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies, will cover the basics of substance use disorders, how to recognize them, and how to get help locally.
Norman Mayer Library
Monday, May 6 from 6pm -7pm

Relax & Restore
Meditation can reduce stress, improve concentration, and help manage emotions. Unplug and unwind in the meeting room with this mid-day meditation session. Registration encouraged.
Mid-City Library
Wednesdays in May beginning on May 8 from 12pm - 1pm

Mental Health: Stigma and Treatments
A presenter from Jackson Hands of Change, a behavioral health agency, will be discussing mental health, stigma, and local treatment options.
East New Orleans Regional Library
Thursday, May 9 from 6pm - 7pm

Registration encouraged.

Keller Library & Community Center
Tuesday, May 14 from 6pm - 7pm

Registration encouraged.

NAMI: In Our Own Voice
Representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will speak openly about their own experiences with mental illness, with an opportunity for dialogue, questions, and resources.
Algiers Regional Library
Monday, May 13 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Registration encouraged.

Alvar Library
Wednesday, May 22 from 6pm - 8pm

Registration encouraged.

Cure Violence: Strategies for Teens
A representative from Cure Violence will discuss conflict resolution, decision-making, anti-bullying, and more with teens. Healthy snacks will be provided. Registration encouraged.
East New Orleans Regional Library
Tuesday, May 14 from 5pm - 6pm

Transcending Trauma: How Yoga Heals
Join certified trauma-informed yoga teacher Sheetal Kandola to learn about different types of yoga, how it can help in the healing process, and tools for relaxation and stress management. Registration encouraged.
Nora Navra Library
Tuesday, May 14 from 6pm - 7pm

Children's Mental Health & Wellness
Childhood mental health and wellness topics will be featured through family-friendly interactive discussions, games, and art-based tools, with a licensed counselor from Daughters of Charity. Registration encouraged.
Children's Resource Center Library
Saturday, May 18 from 11am - 12pm

Mental Health Matters Local professionals and organizations will be on hand to provide mental health information and resources. There will be raffle prizes and light refreshments. In partnership with 504HealthNet, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Daughters of Charity, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Jackson Hands of Change, Metropolitan Human Services District, and Odyssey House Louisiana.
Algiers Regional Library
Saturday, May 25 from 11am - 3pm

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