"My daughter, age 37, had had a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her twin brother works in D.C. and sent me a link to this amazing article."
Gerry Segroves
NAMI Knoxville
From Washington Post: The homeless man who graduated Harvard Law with Chief Justice John Roberts Alfred Postell may be the most academically distinguished man living on the streets of the U.S. capital.


Our neighbors at nearby NAMI Oak Ridge soon will be offering a free eight-week education course for families and friends who help support someone with mental illness.
The With Hope in Mind classes will be presented 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each Monday Aug. 3-Sept. 21 at Ridgeview, 240 W. Tyrone Rd., Oak Ridge. Trained family members will provide students basic education and skills training such as problem management, communication and crisis planning.
 Caregivers will be shown understanding and immediate coping skills for dealing with the different cycles of mental illness. They also will hear about the emotional support needed by care providers as they navigate the mental health system.
Preregistration is required. Contact Toni at 865-806-7816 or Danyel at 865-256-1658 for more information and to register

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President's Corner

Hi Folks,

Here is a letter that recently was written to the Knoxville News Sentinel by Leslie Al-Sayad, current President of NAMI TN. 

"​President Barack Obama's comments while visiting a federal prison were tantamount to the old saying "There but for the grace of God go I." As 1 in 4 will experience mental illness in their lifetime and 50-80 percent of prison inmates are estimated to have mental illness, we should all be concerned about the chances of being imprisoned or our loved ones being incarcerated, usually for minor infractions worsened by the symptoms of mental illness. Without access to adequate treatment, people with mental health diagnoses can become homeless and/or land in jail or prison.

The mental health system (I use the word loosely) has been closing down beds and not adequately funding the promised community mental health resources.

Since prison is becoming the new mental health facility, corrections officers need training in how to recognize acute symptoms of mental illness and how to de-escalate situations with prisoners so they don't get cuffed, isolated and receive additional prison time for bad behavior. Prison is not a good place to receive treatment.

But the reality is that thousands of people with mental illness are in prison and the corrections officers can greatly help them receive appropriate treatment while there.

Training keeps the guards and the people with mental illness safer.

NAMI Tennessee (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has created a ground-breaking training film called "CODE" for corrections officers. It was produced in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Correction and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. It's available free in Tennessee to all prisons and jails and can be invaluable in helping empty the jails of minor non-violent offenders with mental illness. For information, contact NAMI Tennessee at 1-800-467-3589 or to obtain a copy of the film."

Leslie El-Sayad, president, NAMI Tennessee, Ten Mile, Tenn."

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

Veteran Support



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

Stamping out mental illness stigma through

knowledge and understanding!


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 class 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 class 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. This class 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 Tuesday of each month

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

NAMI Knoxville Board Offic ers

President: Ron Morton

Vice President: Judy Evans

Treasurer: Jewell Minnich

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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:

​​Please join us at our annual meeting and enjoy a screening of the movie C.O.D.E.T

(Correctional Officers De-Escalation Education)
Filmmaker Dixie Gamble gained unprecedented access to a state prison system and interviewed inmates, correctional officers and mental health experts, including Pete Earley, Dr. Xavier Amador, Ron Honberg, and Dr. Ken Duckworth with narration by Steve Lopez, author of the best-selling book that inspired the film The Soloist. CODE is a training film for correctional officers and an educational tool for those concerned about penal institutions, which house millions of mentally ill persons in the U.S. 
​This movie was screened at the National Convention in San Francisco

"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."

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OCTOBER22, 2015, 6PM,

St James Episcopal Church

Parish Hall

​1101 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN

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