Be the Change
At NAMI Davidson we want to replace isolation, judgment, and fear with fellowship, understanding and education. We want you to look beyond the behavioral symptoms of the illness to the person that lies underneath.
Mental health disorders are manageable. Most people show significant improvement when given access to effective care and treatment. Recovery is possible for many, just as it is for people with other chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Get the facts here.
Help us change peoples minds in a movement from mental illness to mental wellness! You can help NAMI Davidson make the change through one or all of the programs below. Be a voice. Make a noise. Take an action.
In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voiceis a stigma-busting presentation program presented by two people sharing their journey of mental health or co-occurring recovery in five steps. Trained presenters take their audience from their darkest days to their homes and dreams. The program empowering for presenters and inspiring for the audience.
NAMI Davidson offers In Our Own Voice through formal agreement with two mental health providers as a valued part of their new employee orientation training.
Davidson County Mental Health & Veterans Courts
As behavioral issues of people with mental illness or co-occurring disorders bring them to the attention of law enforcement they are as likely to go to jail as to to treatment. Jails and prisons have become the largest purveyors of mental health treatment through out the United States.
In Davidson County a diversion court has been set up to move people from the criminal justice system to the Mental Health Court’s case management system.The court is for people without felony offenses who agree to voluntarily participate in the program.
If you or a loved one have been arrested a mental health court evaluation can be requested and a request to move the case to mental health court can be made on the merit of the evaluation.
After Judges looked at the press of drug cases on judicial dockets, Davidson County created Drug Court as an alternative means to expedite cases through a case-management system.The new system has reduced the number of revolving door cases and has proven to be a more effective way to help people be successful in the treatment of their addiction and often co-occurring disorders.
Most veterans are strengthened by their military service, but the combat experience has unfortunately left a growing number of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. One in six veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom suffer from a substance abuse issue.
Victims of sexual trauma are also coming home from the war. Veterans from the Viet Nam era still suffer from the invisible wounds suffered as a result of their service and the social stigma they came home to.
Left untreated, mental health disorders common among veterans can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system and to suicide which has taken more veterans lives than combat.
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1
There are many ways private citizens can impact legislation that supports budgeting, service access, crisis services, children and youth and much more on local, state and national issues.
Local Issues in Davidson County (Nashville, TN and surrounding areas):
Tennessee State Legislators:
Tennessee US Congressman:
NAMI National Public Policy: