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Tennessee Mental Health Resources

Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital - based settings to help people achieve, maintain and enhance a state of emotional well-being.

National Mental Health Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Behavioral Services, Dual Diagnosis (developmental delay/mental health), Mental Health Residential Treatment Facilities, and Mental Health Services.

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

An advocacy and education organization promoting mental health awareness, wellness, and recovery.

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee is a non-profit organization which connects the community with specialized mental health and wellness resources.

Mental Health Cooperative

is a mental health agency that incorporates intensive case management, psychiatric/clinic services and 24 hour emergency psychiatric services into an integrated system of care.

NAMI Tennessee

A grassroots non-profit, made up of families, consumers and professionals, dedicated to improving quality of life for people with mental illness and their families.

Recovery Within Reach

A website to assist individuals and their families with a mental health diagnosis to find resources, such as, housing, transportation, education, and treatment.

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

A statewide trade association representing primarily Community Mental Health Centers and community-owned corporations that have historically served the needs of the mentally ill and chemically dependent citizens of Tennessee regardless of their ability to pay.

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The state agency responsible for overseeing services for individuals and their families with mental health and substance abuse.

Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association (TMHCA)

Tennessee’s only statewide mental health consumer/survivor owned and operated organization with a board of directors and staff that are mental health consumers.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN)

TSPN is a grass-roots association which includes counselors, mental health professionals, physicians, clergy, journalists, social workers, and law enforcement personnel, as well as survivors of suicide and suicide attempts. TSPN works across the state under the direction of our Executive Director to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the ultimate intention of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Voices for Children

Supports the Tennessee Parent Information and Resource Center Program (TPIRC) which provides training and technical assistance to parents and educators to effectively manage students with challenging behaviors due to severe mental and emotional health issues.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 140 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

Youth Villages

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the adoption and implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources

  • The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD)
    The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.
  • Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
    A resource to help employers, teachers, employees and students address work and school issues, reasonable accommodations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This website contains information related to laws, disclosure, and situations related to having a mental illness in the workplace or school setting.
  • Facts for Families Brochure
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

News Releases and Media Mentions

  • Debate over cognitive, traditional mental health therapy
    Psychologists who favor a more medical-minded cognitive behavioral model of mental health care point to growing evidence of its efficacy. Proponents of psychoanalysis deride a one-size-fits-all approach. Steven Hollon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and psychiatry, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator, is quoted.
  • Parental Alienation: A Mental Diagnosis?
    Some experts say the extreme hatred some kids feel toward a parent in a divorce is a mental illness. The highly controversial concept of parental alienation is being described as one in which children strongly attach to one parent and reject the other in the false belief that he or she is bad or dangerous. William Bernet, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, is quoted.