It's OK To Talk About Youth Mental Health

Youth and young adults share their experiences with mental heath and substance abuse and offer advice on how to help someone that may be dealing with these challenges.



Need Help RIGHT NOW?

If you or someone you know is in a medical or life-threatening crisis right now, get help quickly.

  • Call your doctor
  • Call 911 for emergency services
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)
    TTY: 1.800.799.4TTY (4889)
  • Call Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line at 1.855.274.7471

Healthy Transitions Service Goals


  • Coordinate services
  • Provide youth-driven, and culturally competent services
  • Increase public awareness
  • Increase accessibility and effectiveness of mental health services for transition age youth (16-25 years of age)

TN Healthy Transitions

Diana Kirby, M.S.

Project Director, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative

Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Direct: 615.253.4545
Diana.Kirbey@tn.gov

Willie M. Voss II, M.S.

Program Manager and Director of Contracts, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative

Tennessee Voices for Children
Direct: 615.269.7751 ext. 110
wvoss@tnvoices.org

Don Walker, M.A.

Lead Evaluator, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative and Statistical Research Specialist.

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 
Direct: 615.253.7312
don.walker@tn.gov

Jules Wilson

Youth and Young Adults Coordinator, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Jules.wilson@tn.gov

Crystal Hutchins, A.S.

Social Marketing Specialist, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative

Tennessee Voices for Children
Direct: 615.269.7751 ext 124
chuthcins@tnvoices.org

 

Quick Facts

0%
of young people in Tennessee have a mental health condition
0%
of young people in Tennessee have attempted suicide in the past 12 month
0%
of young people in Tennessee have made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the past 12 months