The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host takes the mic at 2021 State Convention

The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host, Paul Gilmartin shares his journey at NAMI Tennessee 2021 State Convention

Paul R. Gilmartin, American stand-up comedian, The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host and television personality best known as the longtime host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. Paul Gilmartin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, with a BA in theater and drama. Before becoming a stand-up comedian, he appeared in numerous plays in the Chicago theater scene, and studied at the famed Second City Theater. He can currently be seen co-hosting movies and cooking every Friday night on TBS’ Dinner and a Movie, which he has been doing since 1995. As a stand-up, Paul has dozens of television appearances, including NBC’s Late Friday, CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin.

He has performed as a stand-up and a sketch actor at the Montreal Comedy Festival, and three times at the Aspen Comedy festival, most recently as his character, Republican Representative Richard Martin, who spreads hope to suburban couples having trouble affording a second home. He has been a guest on Politically Incorrect and written for the Emmy Awards as well as Dennis Miller. He has been a frequent guest on The Bob and Tom Radio Show since 1991, with his poems appearing on many of their charity albums.

Paul R. Gilmartin
American stand-up comedian,
The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host and
television personality best known as the longtime host
of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie.


NY Times bestseller and clinical psychologist to keynote at 2021 State Convention

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Fostering the Better Side of Human Nature in Classrooms and Families

Dr. Ross Greene’s evidence-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model – as described in his books The Explosive Child and Lost at School — has transformed the understanding of treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in countless families, schools, and therapeutic facilities. In his most recent book, Raising Human Beings, Dr. Greene turns his attention to all kids, with a particular focus on enhancing the skills that define the better side of human nature: empathy, appreciating how one’s behavior is affecting others, resolving disagreements without conflict, taking another’s perspective, and honesty. These skills have never been more important, and research indicates that solving problems collaboratively and proactively enhances these skills with any kid. And – despite academic initiatives that have made it harder for educators to be the socialization agents they’ve always been — that’s something that parents and educators have boundless opportunities to teach, model, and practice every day.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Lives in the Balance


Chief Medical Officer for NAMI to Present Keynote Address at 2021 State Convention

NAMI Tennessee is Excited to Announce Keynote Speaker Dr. Ken Duckworth at 2021 State Convention

Ken Duckworth’s journey into psychiatry started when he was a boy growing up with a dad who experienced severe bipolar disorder. His father was loving, kind and periodically quite ill, hospitalized for months at a time. Ken became a psychiatrist in part to help his father. He is very fortunate to serve as the Chief Medical Officer for NAMI and to be part of this remarkable community.

Ken is also writing NAMI’s first book, You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Mental Illness and Recovery. He is interviewing NAMI members about what has helped them in their mental health journeys in an effort to help other people living with mental illness. The book will be published by Zando Projects, a new independent publisher led by Molly Stern.

Ken is double-board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and has completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship.

Ken Duckworth. M.D.
Chief Medical Officer for NAMI,
Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School and
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.


June 8th — Facebook Live with Virgil Stucker

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Virgil is a visionary, mission-focused, non-profit leader with 30 years of experience focusing on the healing power of community, creativity, and philanthropy. He has served as Executive Director and President of seven not-for-profit organizations and founding board member of several others. He was also a turn-around agent for a health care system, a professor for master’s students in philanthropy and is a consultant to other visionaries. He helps good people and organizations accomplish great things through philanthropy and helps distressed families to find a recovery path for their loved ones with mental illness.

Mental Health Experience 
Virgil was President Emeritus of the CooperRiis Healing Community in 2017 after serving as founding Executive Director from 2003. Now that the leadership transition is complete, his therapeutic consultation practice is his way of continuing to improve mental health care, his career-long mission.


Don’t miss our next FACEBOOK LIVE with special guest Sean McPherson

MONDAY, June 1
3 PM Eastern
2 PM Central

Hosted by Gabe Howard.

Join the conversation! Submit your questions, share your thoughts as we discuss children, trauma and mental illness. We want to know how you are coping. 

Sean McPherson
SPE-HSP, Chief Clinical Officer
Sean McPherson, has joined TN Voices as the Chief Clinical Officer. He has 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field serving as a Case Manager, Therapist, Diagnostician and Administrator having worked in residential youth care, community mental health and prison mental health. Sean specializes in work with the severe and persistent mentally ill, program development, crisis management and innovative treatment approaches. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from David Lipscomb University, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca University and is currently licensed as Senior Psychological Examiner.


Being a Caregiver on Facebook Live with Sita Dieh

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“We recognize that people living with mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19, as do their caregivers and loved ones.”

When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you’re not alone.

Facebook Live is now sponsored by United Healthcare Community Plan

NAMI Family-to-Family Volunteer Teacher Training

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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

Interested in Registering?

Contact: Denise Stewart
Toll Free: 800-467-3589, ext 313
Cell: 615-810-1496

NAMIWalks Your Way

Dear NAMI Supporters and Friends,A virtual NAMIWalks? Yes.   You might have thought we were going down that road — as in a walk without a road — and you would have been right. NAMIWalks is going to be a little different this year. We’re not canceling it, not when our collective mental health needs are at their greatest. The NAMIWalks community knows how to think on our feet. Instead of canceling the walk, which would reduce funding when our programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, or even postponing it, we are pleased to announce a walk for our times, NAMIWalks Your Way.

It’s like the regular NAMIWalks, only virtual and with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination, the depth of your compassion. With many NAMIWalks presented at the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, on the same day (May 30), it promises to be a day to remember. With such a united effort, we’re guessing that it will be easier than ever to fundraise, too.

NAMIWalks Your Way means what it sounds like: With so many of our lives compromised and constrained, you get to make NAMIWalks your own. You can walk around your block, you can walk around your garden, you can walk with a wok in your kitchen. If you work from home, now you can walk at home. You can stand on your head. You can a form a team and see who is the funniest, fastest or most artistic. You can “Hula hoop for hope.” You can self-fundraise while you self-quarantine — or do it as part of a team.

We will be sharing more information on how you can take part in our virtual event in the upcoming weeks on our website In the meantime, focus on your self-care and staying healthy. And keep up that sense of humor…it’s good for all of us.   Together we’ll continue to work toward our goal of Mental Health for All.

With all our best wishes,   Anna Collins, NAMIWalks Tennessee Coordinator

FaceBook Live with Pastor Dianne Young, BA

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Rev. Dianne P. Young, BA is a wife, mother, grandmother, administrator, talk show co-host, teacher, author, preacher, evangelist, Pastor of The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church in Memphis and Program Manager for the Emotional Fitness Centers of Tennessee.

Facebook Live is now sponsored by United Healthcare Community Plan