A Special Message from Commissioner E. Douglas Varney
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month
The mental health of our children, like their physical health, starts from the beginning. The first five years of life are most important, but always know it’s never too late to seek help.
What’s most important is that we offer our children connected, loving, and supportive relationships. Consider this the foundation for their social-emotional development, creating the opportunity for a lifetime of success.
In my lifetime as a behavioral health professional and in serving as Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, I have seen the progress that’s been made in better understanding what our children need most in the first five years and beyond.
Here are some ways you can help: