Relationship Series

Join us for our first Relationship Speaker Series!

We have asked several talented speakers to provide knowledge and guidance in navigating relationships and how they have come to a healthy place in their own lives.

In this series, we cover topics such as navigating healthy relationships, recognizing warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and how to support ourselves as well as others in relationships.


I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, its not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone. 

Robin Williams

Our Speakers


Angela Lee is an amazing speaker and author who covers mental health related topics such as navigating healthy relationships and ways to support those who do not have healthy support systems in their life.

Topics: Understanding healthy relationships, how to get support and how to see the warning signs.

Emily Wells is a highly organized and diligent Public Health Professional with over 4 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Expertise includes community networking, coordinating programs and events, leading diverse teams, strategic planning, and communicating complex ideas through both oral and written formats.

Our next fabulous speaker in our Relationship Series is Emily Wells! She discusses several important and beneficial topics such as how mental health has been affected by the pandemic.

Melissa Fitzgerald is an American actress and the Senior Director of the nonprofit organization Justice For Vets. She is best known for portraying Carol Fitzpatrick on The West Wing.

Topics: How Relationships can Change Overtime 


Meet Simone Coleman, a pet lover and mental health advocate growing her company, Petrospect Pet Sitting in Nashville. This TN native, has turned her love for dogs and own personal mental health struggles into a growing sought-after service that helps people in their homes. As she shares, “my client’s dogs help me live one day longer, every single day.”

Topics: Her own personal experience with Self Care and Healthy Relationships in her own life


For the past 12 years, Vena Wilson has enjoyed being a therapist in the Las Vegas metropolitan. Her work has led me to interact with many different kinds of people, but her greatest delights come from working with teens. 

Many people share that the teen years are super-stressful. For her, helping teenagers learn how to manage their feelings and how to express themselves in a healthy way has been one of her life’s great joys. 

If you’re struggling either with your child or in your role as a parent, she can help. Her work includes providing support and therapy for families, parents, and teens. Please reach out to her when you’re ready.

Topics: Her Story, Suicide Prevention

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Nic Sheff is an American writer. He is the author of two memoirs, including the New York Times best seller Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines and We All Fall Down: Living With Addiction.

Topics: Substance abuse, Differentiation between Individual Mental Health Journeys



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


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative, please contact:

Tennessee Department of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Office of Children and Youth Mental Health

Phone: 615-878-0043