OUR APPROACH

COMPASSION

It’s ok to speak up and you are not alone. The YGT community is mindful of the difficulties our performers face and are here as a resource for care and connection.

COMMUNITY

Together we are stronger. We realize it can be difficult to reach out and we strive to create an inclusive community with open conversation and support.

CONNECTION

Social connection and togetherness is a fundamental part of mental health support. YGT programming and events invite you to engage with and contribute to your community.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

YOU GOT THIS (YGT) is a compassionate, inclusive mental health outreach program for the New Orleans creative community (including musicians, dancers, performers, students, and more) designed to help calm suicidal thoughts and ease suffering. We advocate for committing to life. YGT programming is designed to keep our creative community connected and informed, helping to build mindful, healthy habits around mental health and self-care.

YGT is directed by a New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) community health task force in collaboration with local, national, and international mental health and performing arts medicine partners. Our community-based programming is anchored by our medical clinic offerings, including a range of mental health providers (which NOMC patients have access to regardless of insurance status) and partnering substance abuse agencies.

Our intention is to increase access to trusted resources that are confidential, supportive, and clinically effective and create healthy cultures by fostering hope and social connection for our valued creative artists.

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Sad History of NOLA Musicians Lost to Mental Illness

Buddy Bolden

BUDDY BOLDEN: OUR FUNKY BUTT NAMESAKE

In 1907, while performing at a secondline, famed cornetist and key figure in the development of jazz, Buddy Bolden, suffered a violent episode of acute alcoholic psychosis. Bolden was committed to a mental asylum with schizophrenia. He never again performed, remaining in the hospital for 24 years until his death on November 4, 1931, and was buried in a pauper’s grave. Today the US National Jazz Park bears his name.

Bolden‘s song, “Funky Butt” remains a well-known traditional jazz standard, and the inspiration for the Musicians’ Clinic team name for the 2015 NAMI walks.

James Booker

JAMES BOOKER: THE BAYOU MAHARAJAH

With his unique style on the keys – combining rhythm and blues with jazz standards – James Booker attracted audiences all over the world. In private, however, he self-medicated his mental illness with alcohol and drugs. In 1983, at the age of 43, Booker was left unattended for several hours in Charity Hospital’s Emergency Room resulting in his tragic and untimely death.

Recommended Crisis Resources

Local New Orleans

Metropolitan Human Services District (24/7)
Call (504) 826-2675

Via Link (24/7)
Call 211 or (504) 269-COPE (2673)  |  Chat online at vialink.org

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
Call 988  |  Chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

Crisis Text Line (24/7)
Text HOME to 741741

SAMHSA National Helpline for individuals/families facing mental health or substance use disorders (24/7)
Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth (24/7)
Call 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline for Transgender Community (9 am–3 am CST)
Call 1-877-565-8860

Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)
Call 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) | Chat Online | TEXT 838255

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)
Call 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) | Chat Online

National Gambling Helpline (24/7)
Call 1-800-522-4700 | Chat Online

YGT MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health Hygiene Hacks For Creatives

10 ways to help you move towards the light

Food For Thought

Anxiety reduction via nutrition

YGT Speak Up

Hear from YGT community members

Aiding Friends With Depression

How to recognize a friend or loved ones need for help

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