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Athens DBSA Pendulum/McMinn County 480 County Road 750 37303 Portia Scott, 423/745-4796
Fax: 423/744-7064
Chattanooga DBSA Pendulums Chattanooga 3621 Glendon Dr. 37411 Marilou Coats, 423/698-2384
Mark Lucas, 423/499-8521
Fax: 423/698-6617
Cookeville DBSA Cookeville 215 Cherry Ave. 38501 Grace Forest, 931/528-1140
Lenoir City DBSA Knoxville PO Box 50 37771 Steven Verran, 423/986-0122
Krista, 423/986-4308
Madison DBSA Madison 510 Hospital Drive 37066 Annie Lauri, 615-554-0165
Memphis DBSA Memphis PO Box 34234 38134 Leah Ann Kelley, 901/377-4763
Kenneth Hetsel, 901/358-0997

DBSA Chapters/Support Groups

DBSA Bartlett
Contact 1: Ken Hetsel
Phone: (901) 384-3754
Contact 2: Rev. James Wade
Additional Phone: (901) 382-6273

DBSA Chattanooga Pendulums
Contact 1: Marilou Coats
Phone: (423) 698-2384
Contact 2: Mark Lucas
Additional Phone: (423) 499-8521

DBSA Williamson Medical Center
Contact 1: Richard Pierce
Phone: (615) 595-1987
Contact 2: Barbara Coghlin
Additional Phone: (615) 595-2646
Fax: (615) 595-1987

DBSA Jackson
Contact 1: Steve Brannon
Phone: (731) 422-1693
Contact 2: Phillip Wells
Additional Phone: (731) 424-9448
Fax: (731) 422-1693

DBSA Memphis
Contact 1: Don Shelton
Phone: (901) 373-2251
Contact 2: Ray Culver
Additional Phone: (901) 342-6181

DBSA North Mississippi (for young adults)
Contact 1: Shulanda Johnson
Phone: (901) 502-0871

DBSA Centennial
Contact 1: Elizabeth Reed
Phone: (615) 228-4810
Fax: (615) 226-1816

DBSA Middle Tennessee Bellevue
Contact 1: Gary Miles
Phone: (615) 646-2556
Contact 2: Scott Eveland
Additional Phone: (615) 353-6145

The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has a website at: that provides information to support families with children with bipolar. Fact sheets, newsletters, chat rooms, physician locators, and a support group directory for each state are also provided on this site. helps people find others who share their interest or cause (like bipolar disorder), get involved on-line and locally, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. You may view a list of cities and states where meetings occur on their website (at

If you have questions regarding bipolar disorder or are having trouble finding a support group in your area, you can contact the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for publications or other help at the NIMH Information Center at 1-866-615-6464 or at

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all.phpects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA has more than 340 affiliates nationwide. To find help and/or a support group in your community, contact NMHA by internet at: or by phone at: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642).

UNITED WAY (Information and Referral): Dial 211 for information about support groups and services in Tennessee.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
has a state organization in all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Your State NAMI
State: Tennessee
State Affiliate: NAMI Tennessee
Address: 1101 Kermit Drive
Suite 605
Nashville, TN 37217-2126
Primary Phone: (615)361-6608
Alternate Phone: (800)467-3589
Fax: (615)361-6698
President: Elliot Garrett
Executive Director: Sita Diehl
Additional Contact: Sita Diehl
Additional Contact: Shannon Marble

Or: 1-800-273-TALK(1-800-273-8255)

If you are in a crisis please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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