Behavioral Health


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 Tennessee National Guard 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.

Director of Psychological Health

CPT Christopher Barrett, MBA, LCSW-S
Director of Psychological Health
Severe Cases for whole State
(615)-806-2899 (cell)

Behavioral Health Consultants

Marilyn Hooker, LCSW (West -Region 1)
(615)-484-8989 (cell)
(731)-421-8623 (office)

Courtney Sanchez, LMSW (East Central- Region 2)
(615)-997-8743 (cell)
(615)-267-7116 (office)

Stacie Putman-Yoquelet, Ed.D, NCC, LPC-MHSP  (West Central-Region 3)
(615)-500-6310 (cell)
(615)-267-7125 (office)

Jeffrey Cook, LMSW (East - Region 4)
(615)-708-5982 (cell)
(615)-267-7121 (office)

Autumn Merriss, (118th Wing)
(615) 660-8055


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

If you need assistance:  Call the Behavioral Health Resource Line at (615) 267-7101 or email us at
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:  Call the Guard Your Buddy Crisis Line (855) 435-7492 For assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Self-Help Tools and Critical Resources

Self-Help Tools:

Critical Resources:


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