The housing crisis in New Orleans continues to take its toll. Not only are those who are searching for housing having to deal with stress and other mental health concerns, mental health experts with the Department of Health and Hospital’s Louisiana Spirit program are finding that those who provide housing are dealing with similar emotional issues.

Now Louisiana Spirit is teaming up with the Louisiana Affordable Housing Management Association (LAHMA) and National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) to provide a Stress Management seminar at NAHMA’s national conference. The conference is set for Thursday, July 19 at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, located at 621 Saint Louis St. in New Orleans.  The conference will take place from 9 a.m. until after lunch.

“This event will give Louisiana Spirit a chance to reach many of those involved with the daily struggle of still trying to fulfill the housing needs of those who have been displaced,” said John G. Daniel, chief quality assurance officer for Louisiana Spirit.  “It will also give the program a national stage to promote our efforts and spread our message of empowering hurricane survivors to recover, rebuild and move toward self-sufficiency.”

NAHMA, founded in 1990, is the leading voice for affordable housing. The association advocates on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing.

The partnership between Louisiana Spirit and LAHMA began in June with a series of statewide stress management seminars designed for LAHMA’s members. Services include group and individual sessions, training and coping techniques for managing stress and anxiety, anger management, coping with loss and grief, and other self-care techniques.

Louisiana Spirit, which began in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, offers hurricane recovery counseling services free of charge throughout the state. Through its providers, the federally funded, state-operated program has made over one million counseling contacts with Louisiana residents. In addition to individual counseling, Louisiana Spirit offers group counseling for first responders and specialized counseling for anyone affected by the hurricanes.

For more information, contact LAHMA at (504) 561-8418 or contact Pierre Washington, Public Information Officer for Louisiana Spirit, at (225) 219-5031 or (225) 219-5000, or visit Louisiana Spirit’s Web site, www.louisianaspirit.org.