Connecting patients to effective mental health resources in the New Orleans community
Through providers and community partners, we offer patients a full range of mental health services including counseling, psychiatric support and treatment, addiction treatment and recovery, community education and more. To learn more about mental health services available at the NOMC, visit our Mental Health webpage.
MENTAL HEALTH – KNOW THE FACTS:
1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition
Musicians are three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders than the general public.
Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
In Louisiana, due to the loss of the public hospital system, people with mental illness have almost 5 x more chance to be jailed than hospitalized. (2015)
If you or someone you know is in crisis and/or suicidal (in Orleans Parish)
- Call the Metropolitan Crisis Response Team at 504-826-2675 which provides 24/7 urgent access to clinical services
- Go to the nearest hospital
- If all else fails, call 911 and ask for Unit 6512 which is the NOPD Crisis Transportation Unit
- If you are not in Orleans Parish, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SAD HISTORY OF NOLA MUSICIANS LOST TO MENTAL ILLNESS
BUDDY BOLDEN: KEY FIGURE OF JAZZ
The famed cornetist, for whom the US National Jazz Park is named, was a key figure in the development of jazz. While performing in a second line parade in 1907, he suffered a violent episode of acute alcoholic psychosis. With the diagnosis of schizophrenia, he was committed to the Louisiana mental asylum where he remained for more than half of his life. He never agin performed, remaining in the hospital for 24 years until his death on November 4, 1931 at 54 years old. Bolden was buried in a paupers cemetery in an unmarked grave. Bolden’s song, “Funky Butt” remains a well-known traditional jazz standard and the inspiration for the Musicians’ Clinic NAMI Walks Team.
JAMES BOOKER: THE BAYOU MAHARAJAH
Booker, known to fans as the ‘Bayou Maharajah’, met a similarly tragic and premature death. Publicly, he attracted audiences the world over with his unique virtuosic style combining blues, boogie-woogie, gospel, stride, jazz, latin and classical piano. In private, he self-medicated his mental illness with alcohol and drugs and routinely checked himself into Charity Hospital’s mental ward.
Booker overdosed on cocaine in 1983 and was left unattended for hours in an emergency room. He died before receiving treatment at the age of 43.
Our Community Mental Health Partners
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic partners with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their annual NAMI WALKS fundraiser. Learn More
The mission of the Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation Nonprofit Corporation is to raise mental health awareness by means of advocacy, education, and music. Through our endeavors in the Greater New Orleans area and across the Gulf South, we hope to keep the legacy of our beloved friend, Brett Thomas Doussan, alive in the community that fostered his deep passion and appreciation for music. All funds donated to NOMAF from The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation are allocated towards Mental Health.
Odyssey House Louisiana is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare facility with an emphasis on addiction treatment. OHL offers comprehensive services and effective support systems- including detox, treatment, physical and mental healthcare, life-skills, counseling and case management-that enable individuals to chart new lives and return to their communities as contributing members.