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About NAMI Knoxville

NAMI Knoxville serves the cities of Knox County.


We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and loved ones affected by mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.

We are family members, people with lived experience, people of many ages, cultures, and stages in our lives.


NAMI Knoxville is an affiliate of the national NAMI organization based in Arlington, Virginia, and NAMI Tennessee in Nashville.  

Board Members 

President: Alison Dusch

Vice President: Open

Treasurer: Jewell Minnich

Secretary: Open


Board Members: Jon Spratt, Mary Nell Varner, Dr. Bob DuBois, Sophia LaBlanc, Tammy Johnson

Contact NAMI Knoxville


Affiliate Support Coordinator: Mary Sims, 901-495-4045,


For more information or to volunteer, call 865-214-7813

What We Do


We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.


We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 


We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referrals, information, and support, a much-needed lifeline for many.


We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is. 

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