About NAMI Chattanooga

NAMI Chattanooga serves the cities of Chattanooga and Hamilton County in East Tenessee.


We are a 501.c.3 nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe and persistent mental health issues, as well as their loved ones, through effective and innovative support, education, and advocacy.


We are family members, people with lived experience, people of many ages, cultures, and stages in our lives.


Though independent, we are affiliated with NAMI National in Arlington County, Virginia, and NAMI Tennessee in Nashville.  

Current Board Members: Kathy Milam, President; Rachel Gearinger, Vice President; Laura Pierce, Treasurer; Cheryl Williams, Secretary; John Coolidge, Fletch Faircloth, Anne Simonds, Sylvia Phillips, Steve Daugherty, April Frye, Chuck Korey, Lt. Elliott Mahaffey, and Eve Nite.

For more information or to volunteer: 423-521-2590, namichattanooga@gmail.com

P.O. Box 17062, Chattanooga, TN 37415.


L-R: Rachel, Kathy, Cheryl, Laura

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 
We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referrals, information, and support, a much-needed lifeline for many. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.