NAMI Lexington’s Mission
“Promoting Recovery”


NAMI Introductions: Every Tuesday at 3:30pm

NAMI Introductions gives an overview of NAMI services and programs, general information on mental illness, and opportunity for support and questions. Program is for family members and individuals managing symptoms and is open to the public. NAMI Introductions meets on Tuesday’s at 3:30 pm at Eastern State Hospital. (Walk in’s Welcome & Meet in Lobby)

NAMI Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, caretakers and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.  Click Here to learn more.

“I felt very alone and questioned most of my decisions and feelings. The validation and support from others was uplifting and helped counter what I felt when I was in a dark and isolated place.” – Family to Family Graduate

“I realized that others had similar experiences to mine and this was comforting. This recognition that their family member had the same behavior/issues as mine made me a believer that these behaviors truly were symptoms of the illness.” – Family to Family Graduate

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) – An informational outreach program on recovery presented by trained consumers to other consumers, families, students, professionals, and all people wanting to learn about mental illness. The program is designed to offer insight into how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while recovering and reclaiming productive lives with meaning and dignity. NAMI Lexington will provide approximately 83 IOOV presentations in 2016 to inpatient and outpatient program participants, college students, civic organizations, and groups of community leaders. Number of participants: 996 Click Here to learn more about IOOV Presentations, IOOV Trainings and IOOV Facilitator Trainings.

NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Approximately 400 individuals will attend NAMI Connection support groups in 2016.  Click Here for more information.

Participation Station (PS)

NAMI Lexington co-sponsors Participation Station (PS) – a Peer Operated Support Center providing education, outreach and support, and advocacy training to individuals in recovery with a serious mental illness. The model of meeting people where they are and providing peer support in a non-judgmental atmosphere is working miracles with the program participants. Through a focused approach on community outreach and provider education, PS continues to grow and serve more individuals. Click Here for more information.

“Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modeling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.”-SAMHSA

Fayette Mental Health Court

In October of 2012, following a forum hosted by NAMI Lexington (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and attended by numerous stakeholders from the mental health and criminal justice communities, a committee was formed in an effort to ascertain if a mental health court could be implemented in Fayette County. Based on this committee’s efforts, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice, John D. Minton, Jr., on July 7, 2014 signed an Order Approving Local Rules for the Mental Health Court for Fayette County. The first session of this court was held on November 24, 2014. Click Here for more information.

Mental Health First Aid 

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Click Here for more.

Multicultural Action Committee (MAC)

NAMI Lexington’s Multicultural Action Committee (MAC) focus is in these areas: Outreach to the African American and Hispanic Communities through the Sharing Hope Program; Offering QPR Suicide Prevention, Gatekeeper Training; Outreach to the Hispanic Community through our partnership with the University of KY Human Development Institute—Migrant Farm-workers with Disabilities Employment Partnership (MDEP); Establishing a Community Presence in the Military Community and the LBGTQ Community. The MAC team continues to be recognized at the national level as leaders in cultural competence and innovative outreach initiatives that are critical to reaching communities that suffer extremely deep-seated stigma issues. Click Here for more

For more information on NAMI’s free programs and affordable mental health training, please call 859–272-7891.

Expanded Mission Statement
NAMI Lex­ing­ton is a 501c3 non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides assis­tance to Fam­i­lies, Care­givers and Indi­vid­u­als whose life expe­ri­ence includes liv­ing with a seri­ous and per­sis­tent men­tal ill­ness. NAMI Lex­ing­ton directly serves cen­tral Ken­tucky and part­ners to serve com­mu­ni­ties across the Com­mon­wealth of Ken­tucky. We offer free advo­cacy, edu­ca­tion, out­reach and sup­port pro­grams and spe­cial events designed to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness and reduce stigma around men­tal health issues. Our guests encounter pas­sion­ate “lived expe­ri­ence” wis­dom in a wel­com­ing environment.

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