List: Mental Health Resources for East Tennessee Veterans



Whether you need someone to listen or you want to consult a professional, you are not alone and resources are available.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn – In a life of service, it can be difficult to ask for help, but that doesn’t mean challenges have to be overcome alone.

A report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2019 showed that about 16 to 18 veterans kill themselves every day, making conversations about mental health all the more important to the men and women who serve our country.

Whether you need someone to listen or you want to consult a professional, you are not alone and resources are available.

  • Coaching in care is a national telephone support service for family members and others who wish to help reluctant veterans access their VA health care benefits, particularly for mental health issues. Call: 888-923-7458
  • Department of Veterans Affairs has a variety of mental health services to meet a wide range of service needs. Some services are available even if you are not enrolled in VA health care.
  • Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council acts as a “bridge” between Veterans, VA Medical & Mental Health professionals, and community support or veteran service organizations to improve communication and reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health resources.
  • McNabb Center offers a military service program that can help those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use, concurrent disorders, suicidal thoughts and others invisible injuries resulting from service. These services are privately funded and provided free of charge to military families.
  • NAMI Homefront is a free 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military personnel and veterinarians with mental health issues. Tennessee Helpline: 800-467-3589
  • Wounded Warrior Project offers the Warrior Care Network to provide lifesaving clinical mental health care to Veterans dealing with PTSD, head trauma (TBI) and coping with stress.

RELATED: Service and Sacrifice: More Veterans Seeking Mental Health Help


If you have an immediate emergency, call 911.

Online Chat:

Call: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

State Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) or send “TN” to 741-741

National lifeline for suicide prevention: 800-273-8255

Emotional support line: 888-642-7886, available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Lifeline Crisis Chat: Chat online with a specialist who can provide emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services

Lifeline ofrece 24/7, free servicios in español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda. Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada is heading al centro de ayuda de nuestra red available más cercano.


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