What does it mean if my child or I have a mental illness? 

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Some of the more common disorders are ADHD (Children), depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.

What causes mental illness?

Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.

If my child or I have a mental illness, will I ever get better?

Remember, most people with mental illnesses who are diagnosed and treated will respond well and live productive lives. The important thing is there are a range of effective treatments for just every mental disorder.

What are treatment options?

Research shows with medication management and therapy, recovery can happen. But keep in mind treatment works differently for different people. It is important to  find what works best for  you or your child.

How can I pay for treatment?

The State of Louisiana has established the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership which offers services funded through Medicaid to pay for mental health or behavioral health related issues. Jackson Hands of Change accepts Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Healthy Blue, Amerihealth, Aetna, and United Healthcare (for psychotherapy only) community plans.

Where can I go for treatment?

You can contact Jackson Hands of Change at 504-535-5082 or 504-358-5408, located at 4035 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, 70125