NAMI Knoxville Support Groups

First Monday of each month @ Cherokee Health Systems,

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p. m. Dr. Abraham Brietstein leads this monthly session for families and friends of people with mental illness. This is free of charge

Call 865.584.6111

Address: 2018 Western Ave.

Third Tuesday of each month @ First Farragut United Methodist Church,

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Former NAMI Tennessee Executive Director Joyce Judge leads this monthly session for families and friends of people with mental illness. This is free of charge.

Call 865. 966.4731

Address: 12733 Kingston Pike ​

Third Thursday of each month @ John T. O'Connor Senior Center. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Gerald Segroves leads this monthly session for families and friends of people with mental illness. is free of Charge.

Call 865.523.7284
​Address: 611 Winona St.

NAMI Knoxville Board Meeting. 

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. the second Monday of each month

Friendship House, 526 Lamar St, Knoxville, TN 37917. All are welcome.

NAMI Events

Please see NAMI Training for new training opportunities

Need help? Free With Hope
in Mind course to begin March 7

    NAMI Knoxville will begin presenting another round of free With Hope in Mind classes on March 7 at First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike.
      Most of the eight-week course will be presented from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, but one class will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, and there will be no session on Monday, March 21.
      With Hope in Mind provides the basic education and skill training needed to cope with the difficulties associated with caring for adult relatives who are diagnosed with mental illness. The course includes coverage of medications, coping skills, resources, and how to better communicate with someone who has bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, or other mental disorders.
      The sessions offer helpful skill-building classes such as problem management and crisis planning, and provide caregivers with immediate coping skills for dealing with the different cycles of each illness. They also provide the practical and emotional support needed by caregivers in dealing with the often-complex mental health system.
       With Hope in Mind is taught by trained family members, and preregistration is required. To register, contact Cookie Spillers,865-671-0703, or Joyce Judge, 865-966-4731

NAMI Knoxville Board Offic ers

President: Ron Morton

Vice President: Judi Evans

Treasurer: Jewell Minnich

​Secretary: Pam Coleman

Breaking News !!!!!

more than Just members

Uncertainty and the challenges that military families face can lead to concerns of mental and behavioral health issues. 

Veteran Support



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First responders or Protective Service Workers who respond to manmade and natural disasters experience daily career exposure to acute stress and trauma

Public Service 

Talking to friends and family about mental health problems can be an opportunity to provide information, support, and guidance.


Family Support


*President's Corner

Once again we are confronted by a horrible scenarios involving the use of firearms.  Whether it is terrorism, marginalized child or some other situation our country cannot bring itself to confront the problem directly.  I have no platform regarding the use of firearms.  This is a controversial topic that can only serve to alienate some of our members.  Nevertheless I do support expanded service for Mental Health. Whether or not guns are outlawed will not determine who has a mental illness and who doesn't.  It is time that we as a society get our priorities straight.

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

​​Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator



Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Mark Twain


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NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.- See more at:

Stamping out mental illness stigma through

knowledge and understanding!

National Alliance On Mental Illness


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