Behavioral Health

October 09, 2020
This blog post was originally published in July 2019 as Hurricane Barry approached Louisiana. With 2020's especially active hurricane season, we are sharing it again with updated resources and information on COVID-19 and flu season.
October 08, 2020
Hurricane season has put additional emotional stress upon us even as the COVID-19 response continues. These resources provide trained and compassionate individuals to support you during this time.
September 28, 2020
"I slowly drank and drugged my way out of one high school and into another. I partied my way out of LSU as a freshman and continued to watch opportunities evaporate before my eyes," Daniel Freedman writes of his experiences with addiction.
September 22, 2020
"By the age of 25, I had been raped, discarded into a canal and left for dead. I had been incarcerated, was living on the streets and had almost lost my life during an overdose," Lori Stone writes. "I had to bury one of my children because of my addiction and an abusive relationship I was in."
September 14, 2020
The LaSOR 2.0 grant allows the State to continue addressing the needs of residents facing the challenges of opioid and stimulant use and misuse — a population which has faced increased difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 14, 2020
"I thought I was going to die with a needle in my arm, all alone and empty inside. I had fully accepted this as my fate because I had tried to quit shooting heroin so many times before and nothing ever seemed to work. When in those dark and hopeless moments of despair, I would often wonder how I got there," Katherine Penton writes.
September 06, 2020
In 2019, Brent Ambacher shared his recovery story in honor of National Recovery Month, observed every September as a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. The Department of Health is reprinting his story as the state celebrates Recovery Month 2020.
September 05, 2020
During Recovery Month, the Department of Health wants the public to know that recovery is possible by promoting resources that are available to anyone who needs help coping with an addiction or mental illness.
September 01, 2020
Magellan Health, Inc. today announced that it will open a free 24-hour crisis line for all individuals impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The number to access confidential consultation services is 1-800-327-7451.