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About Louisiana Spirit

Louisiana SpiritLouisiana Spirit is a federally-funded Crisis Counseling and Stress Management program for individuals, families and groups affected by presidentially declared disasters across the state of Louisiana. Historically, Louisiana Spirit has provided services to individuals and families affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, the 2010 oil spill along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and recently, Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Louisiana Spirit is a program unit within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Behavioral Health (DHH-OBH).

The name Louisiana Spirit is used to symbolize Louisiana citizens' coping, recovery and the process of moving forward in their lives, from a health-based perspective. Most people, whether in state government, media, or the average citizen has come to know this program simply as "Louisiana Spirit" as opposed to our full name, "Louisiana Spirit Coastal Recovery Counseling Program."

The program is designed to provide short-term interventions and help individuals return to their pre-disaster levels of functioning.

To speak with a Louisiana Spirit crisis counselor, call 1-866-310-7977.

To reach the SAMHSA Disaster Distress National Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990 or text the message "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

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