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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 TNNG 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.

Our Team

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.


The BHT is committed to ensuring that every Tennessee Service Member and family member receives timely, effective care.

If you need assistance:

Behavioral Health Resource Line

(615) 267-7101  or   Email Us

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:

Guard Your Buddy Crisis Line

(855) 435-7492

For assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jesse James, PhD, LPC/MHSP photo

Tonia Dixon, MS, LPC

Behavioral Health Specialist

615-997-8743 (mobile)

Jesse James, PhD, LPC/MHSP

Psychological Health Coordinator

615-708-5982 (mobile)

Tonia Dixon, MS, LPC Photo

Air National Guard assistance:

Stephanie Senogles, LCSW

Director of Psychological Health

134th Air Refueling Wing, Louisville


Jorge Ramirez, LCSW

Director of Psychological Health

164th Airlift Wing, Memphis


Beverly Taylor, LCSW

Director of Psychological Health

118th Wing, Nashville


Angela Stokes, MSSW, LMSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

West TN Region 1

TNARNG, State Surgeon’s Office

Contractor, Hoskins & Company

Office:  (731) 421-8623

Mobile:  (615) 484-8989

Fax:  (731) 421-8646


Matt Thompson, LMSW

Mental & Behavioral Health Consultant

Contractor, Hoskins & Co.

Deputy State Surgeon Section

Office: (615) 267-7472

Mobile: (615) 500-6310



Self-Help Tools and Critical Resources

Self-Help Tools:

• Various from http://www.realwarriors.net

• Defense Centers of Excellence – Psychological Health resources - http://www.dcoe.mil/PsychologicalHealth/Psychological_Health_Information.aspx

• National Center for PTSD - http://www.ptsd.va.gov

• Humana Military – BH - http://www.humana-military.com/south/bene/health-wellness/BehavioralHealth/BehavioralHealth.asp

Tools for Servicemembers

Tools for Veterans

Tools for Families

Risk Reduction, Resilience, Suicide Prevention (R3SP)

211 Get Help.  Give Help.


Critical Resources:

• VA - http://www.oefoif.va.gov

• Courage Beyond - http://couragebeyond.org

• SAMHSA treatment locator - http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov

• Guard Your Buddy - http://guardyourbuddy.com

• Military Crisis Line/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx

• Military OneSource - http://www.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


Contact the Joint Public Affairs Office at:  615-313-0633




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:



M-F 0700-1700hrs


Safe Helpline

(877) 995-5247

After Hours Support

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