From Stress and Adversity to Hope and Resilience
The Tennessee National Guard expects Service Members to be ready and resilient, physically fit, and mentally able.
Behavioral health is an essential component of overall readiness, and the Tennessee National Guard wants members and their families to learn to recognize the signs of a problem or potential problem, understand the resources available, and seek help whenever necessary.
Behavioral health may encompass multiple dimensions in a person’s life – psychological, emotional, physical, social, spiritual – and may be affected by numerous factors, including employment, finances, family relations, bereavement, and any number of other significant life stressors. For military members and their families, the stress of mobilization, deployment, demobilization, and readjustment can have a considerable impact, and individuals’ ability to cope may be severely tested. For any member of the TNNG, whether or not he or she is a combat veteran, the stresses of daily life can, under certain circumstances, become overwhelming. Family members, too, can be faced with what may seem like overwhelming obstacles.
Admitting that you need help is never easy, but this page provides easy access to helpful tools and critical resources designed to aid anyone in need of assistance. Whether you've been receiving treatment for years or you've never spoken to a behavioral health provider before, our team is ready to serve you.
Behavioral Health Team (BHT)
The TNARNG Behavioral Health Team (BHT) promotes retention and readiness by providing accurate and appropriate Behavioral Health assessments, screenings, prevention, case management, support, and treatment referrals; offering soldier and family education, training, and command consultation; and engaging in collaboration with J9/Family Programs and other essential resources based in soldiers’ own communities.
Army Guard Assistance:
Tonia Dixon, MS, LPC / Behavioral Health Specialist - (615) 997-8743
Jesse James, PhD, LPC/MHSP / Psychological Health Coordinator - (615) 708-5982
Angela Stokes, MSSW, LMSW / Behavioral Health Consultant - (731) 421-8623
Matt Thompson, LMSW / Mental & Behavioral Health Consultant - (615) 267-7472
Air Guard Assistance:
Stephanie Senogles, LCSW / Director of Psychological Health / 134th Air Refueling Wing, Louisville - (865) 336-4017
Jorge Ramirez, LCSW / Director of Psychological Health / 164th Airlift Wing, Memphis - (901) 291-7158
Beverly Taylor, LCSW / Director of Psychological Health / 118th Wing, Nashville - (615) 456-3089
The BHT is committed to ensuring that every Tennessee Service Member and family member receives timely, effective care.
If you need assistance: Call the Behavioral Health Resource Line at (615) 267-7101 or email us at email@example.com
The Behavioral Health Resource Line is NOT A CRISIS LINE. It is answered during regular business hours. All calls will be returned no later than the next business day.
For an immediate crisis: Call the Guard Your Buddy Crisis Line (855) 435-7492 For assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Self-Help Tools and Critical Resources
- Various from realwarriors.net
- Defense Centers of Excellence – Psychological Health resources - dcoe.mil/psychological-health/resources
- National Center for PTSD - ptsd.va.gov
- Humana Military – BH - humanamilitary.com/beneficiary/wellness/mental-health
- Tools for Servicemembers
- Tools for Veterans
- Tools for Families
- Risk Reduction, Resilience, Suicide Prevention (R3SP)
- 211 Get Help. Give Help. - tn211.mycommunitypt.com
- VA - oefoif.va.gov
- Courage Beyond - couragebeyond.org
- SAMHSA treatment locator - findtreatment.samhsa.gov
- Guard Your Buddy - guardyourbuddy.com
- Military Crisis Line/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx
- Military OneSource - militaryonesource.mil
In Tennessee, if you or another Servicemember you know is in crisis, call (855) 435-7492 for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If this is a sexual assault issue, contact JFHQ SARC 615-347-9372. M-F 0700-1700hrs Safe Helpline (877)995-5247 After Hours Support