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Mental Health America of Louisiana

MHA Louisiana Mental Health America of Louisiana (MHAL) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research, and service.

Office Location

5700 Florida Blvd, Suite 901
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Vickie Ryan, MSW, CSW
Executive Director

Hilda Jones
Board President

Upcoming Event: Behavioral Health Day Rescheduled for June 6, 2017

10:00am - 3:00pm
On the Steps of the Louisiana Capitol

Theme: A Behavioral Health Perspective; Changing the Dialogue

What: Rally with a Greater Purpose
When: June 6, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Rally: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Lunch, Networking and Activities: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Where : On the Steps of the Louisiana State Capitol
Lunch: Welcome Center


Cause: Announcement and Donation Plea

Mental Health America of Louisiana (MHAL), the state chapter of Mental Health America (National) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. We envision a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination.

MHAL is planning its 26th annual event, Behavioral Health Day 2017, on Tuesday, May 23rd Tuesday, June 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol. Behavioral Health Day is held during the legislative session to allow behavioral health (mental/substance use) consumers, their families and advocates to educate legislative representatives regarding issues that affect our everyday lives. This event attracts 500+ members, peer specialist, providers, family members, youth, and advocates across Louisiana. Let your voice be heard on the steps of the state capitol for quality services for individuals suffering with mental health and substance use disorders. Meet with Legislators to educate & advocate for better policies, funding and access to service integration.

In order to make this Behavioral Health Day a success, Mental Health America of Louisiana needs your support. Monetary contributions/in-kind donations are needed. We are kindly requesting DONORS to consider providing financial support of $25.00 to $5,000.00. The donations will go toward supplies such as audio rental, print materials, tent rental, food, beverages, banners, transportation for persons rural areas that want to attend.
transportation for youth groups and the elderly.

Additionally, MHAL would love to thank you for your generous support in the past. Tax gift deductible receipts available.

Any support will be graciously appreciated.

Contact person:
Vickie Ryan, MSW-CSW
Executive Director

MHA Behavioral health day


We're Advocating!

  • LA Behavioral Health Advisory Council - Chairperson
  • LA Coordinated System of Care Governance Board - Vice-Chairperson
  • LA Long Term Care Advisory Group
  • Louisiana Substance Use and Mental Health Legislative Caucus - Administrative SUpport
  • Magellan: Family, Member, Advocate, and Stakeholder Quality Assurance Committee
  • Office of Behavioral Health Community Liaison

Take a Mental Health Test

If something doesn't feel quite right or you're wondering if your sadness is an indication of something bigger, take a mental health screen at or click on the picture below.

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.


We're an NIMH Outreach Partner!

The NIMH Outreach Partnership Program works to increase access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state organizations. The Program encourages efforts to reach diverse racial and ethnic groups and strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research.

The partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research NIMH supports.

To learn more, visit NIMH Outreach Partner



Disaster Distress Helpline


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Treatment Referral Routing Service

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Veteran's Crisis Line


Louisiana Department of Health: Provider & Plan Resources


Upcoming Events

For upcoming events, please view the MHA Event Calendar.

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
 Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968

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