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Mental Health Services for Hurricane Victims (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-12-16

Duration: 00:05:46

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Hurricanes | Disaster victims | Mental Health | Public health | Suicide | Depression, Mental | Psychology


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Photographer
  • Bower-Stephens, Cheryll Interviewee
  • Rogers, Joan Lisso Interviewee
  • Post, David Interviewee
  • Marshall, Aristide Oconostota Interviewee
  • Elesh, Ronald Interviewee


This segment from the December 16, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Randy LaBauve’s report on the mental health services available to victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. LaBauve interviews: Dr. Cheryll Bowers-Stephens of the Louisiana Office of Mental Health; Joan Lisso Rogers, a social worker from New Orleans working in Baton Rouge; Dr. David Post of the Capital Area Human Services District; Aristide Oconostota Marshall, a displaced New Orleans pastor; and Dr. Ronald Elesh of the LSU School of Psychiatry. They discuss: the millions of Louisianans in need of crisis counseling; the need to overcome the stigma attached to seeking professional mental health; the Office of Mental Health’s focus on suicide prevention and depression; and the counselors’ use of a positive psychological approach in dealing with their patients. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham