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Children’s Hospital, along with city and state officials, have declared a mental health crisis in Louisiana for our children. Children are suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation at alarmingly increasing rates, and it is time we answer this cry for help. On Friday, August 6, Children's Hospital and the partners below presented a 2-hour summit and critical conversations on child mental health.

Summit video log:

  • Welcome Panel

    :10 – Welcome remarks from John R. Nickens IV (President and CEO, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)

    4:55 – Remarks from Mayor LaToya Cantrell (City of New Orleans)

    13:10 – Remarks from Dr. Toni Gross (Chief of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)

    15:25 – Remarks from Dr. James Hussey (Medical Director, Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health)

    23:43 – Video from Dr. Rahn Bailey (Department Head for Psychiatry, LSU Health)

    Focus Topic: The state of child mental health

    28:14 – Video from Chantell Reed, MS-HCM (Deputy Director, New Orleans Health Department)

    33:03 – Remarks from Karen Evans (Executive Director, New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board)

    Focus Topic: Mental health impacts of COVID-19

    1:05:35 – Remarks from Dr. Mary Lynn Dell (Chief of Behavioral Health, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)


    Focus Topic: Supporting youth exposed to trauma

    1:27:02 – Remarks from Dr. Julie Kaplow (Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)


    Panel Discussion: Community connections and resources

    1:49:54 – Panelists: Dr. Charles Zeanah (Head of Child Psychiatry, Tulane)

    Dr. Charlotte Cunliffe (President & CEO, Children’s Bureau)

    Dr. LaKisha Mamon (Head of Child Psychiatry, LSU Health)

    Edna Metcalf (Executive Director, Health & Social Services, Jefferson Parish Schools

    Ajit “AJ” Pethe (Chief of Schools, Jefferson Parish Schools)

    Dominique Burns (Clinical Program Manager, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)

    Kevin Guitterrez (Governance Director, Louisiana Assoc. of Public Charter Schools)

    Dr. Liz Marcell Williams (CEO, Center for Resilience)

    Dr. Berre Burch (Clinical Director, Children’s Bureau)


    Closing: Key takeaways

    2:18:22 – Mark Rantza MHA, BSN, RN (Service Line Administrator, Children’s Hospital New Orleans)

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