Mental Health Crisis Response in Tennessee
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or just need someone to talk to, call the Tennesse Statewide Crisis Line at 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471). You can also find your local hotline by consulting this list. Alternatively, you may call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The State of Mental Health in Tennessee
Tennessee currently ranks 38th in the United States for mental healthcare. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), is responsible for the reformation of their current mental healthcare system, and for providing the community-based programs and culturally responsive community support services necessary to build resilience in their communities. The TDMHSAS determines the standard of care that all Tennessee residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist.
Currently, the TDMHSAS is improving accessibility in all phases of mental illness - from prevention, to treatment and recovery - by providing linguistically competent services and encouraging co-occurring programs. The TDMHSAS wants to ensure that all residents have access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the Tennessee Redline at 1-800-889-9789.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Tennessee, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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