Mental Health

Mental health has always been able to affected our potential to live our lives and can cause a negative result from doing so. DeRon Talley, the public information director at Northeast Delta HSA, shares insight into a new campaign to assist individuals that may be hesitant to receive the help they need. 

Why is this project important?

The mental health of health care workers is a growing concern with the pandemic now killing more than 140,000 people in the U.S. New Orleans was a hotspot for COVID-19 in April, and doctors and nurses have learned how to keep many more patients alive since then. But as death counts creep up again, depression is more of a threat.

Trauma Leaves Lasting Impact on Children

Nov 27, 2019
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Children who face trauma at a young age can experience physical and mental health issues in adulthood, according to a local professional. 

Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, said that adverse childhood experiences can impact a child's growth and future. 

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, is a study that explains how trauma and adversity faced in childhood can increase the physical, mental and behavioral problems that can appear later in life, according to Washington.  

‘Hope Walks Here’ Works for Suicide Awareness

Mar 26, 2019

Amanda Coker, an adjunct instructor at the Kitty Degree School of Nursing, recently realized the lack of suicide prevention resources in northeast Louisiana and decided to make a change.

She is directing the area’s first “Hope Walks Here” suicide prevention walk at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help stop suicides in the community.

The walk will be held on April 13, at the ULM Activity Center at 8 a.m. The event is free to the public and donations will be accepted.

The Northeast Delta HSA is holding Faith Partnership Leadership Training at the North Monroe Baptist Churh on January 26, 9 AM- 4 PM. The Faith Partnership Initiative was created by Northeast Delta Human Services Authority to educate, equip and provide resources to faith leaders to address substance abuse, prevention, support and recovery needs their congregations.

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, Executive Directoer, would like to help people no matter what level of education, economic class, skin color, or sexual orientation. "Mental health and addiction affect us all." 

How Parents Can Be Active In Youth Mental Health

Mar 29, 2018
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Suicide is a top five cause of death in adolescents and teens in the United States. Terry Thomas, psychologist at Healthpoint Center, informs parents on suicide statistics, risk factors, and resources to provide education on mental health. 

On teen suicide and common risk factors

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Grief is a natural reaction to any kind of loss.  Loss does not always imply death.  Grief occurs when we lose something or someone that is very close to our heart and we are emotionally attached to that person, object, or life situation. 

We grieve when we lose a loved human, a pet, a place of residence, a job, a loved object, or a phase of our life.  For instance, a lot of people grieve the loss of youth or the loss of good health.

National Council on Aging

Do you know what your age is? Is that a silly question? Maybe or maybe not!

Do our birthdays determine our age? Or do our wrinkles? Or our energy levels? Or our ability to meet our  goals?  It all depends on how you define “age.”

Can we say that age is how old you feel?  More than other people’s perceptions, our own perception of ourselves determines how old we look and feel.  So is it perceptions alone that determine our age? Not really! 

Alternative to the Prison Pipeline

Apr 26, 2017
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Tuesday May 2nd, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is holding the Law Enforcement and Mental Health Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.

Louisiana's state senators may derail plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to eliminate a program that provides mental health services to thousands of children.


The Edwards administration intends to shutter the program on April 1, to save more than $2 million this year. The program elimination is part of the Louisiana Department of Health's response to cuts levied by lawmakers in last month's special session to close a deficit.