National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Lexington was founded in 1985.  NAMI Lexington is celebrating its 31st Anniversary in 2016!  We provide a variety of services to the community.  We are a unique community resource.  We offer support, education, and advocacy for persons and their family members or providers, affected by mental illnesses.  NAMI WALKS is our largest advocacy event.

NAMI Lexington offers a course entitled Family to Family.  This is a free 11 week course for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness.  It is taught by trained NAMI family members.  This program has been life changing for those who have taken it.  Persons interested in taking a class can contact Tracy Jacobson at 859-272-7891 or tracy@namilex.org for further information.

Support Groups meet every Sunday afternoon, year round, from 2:30-4:00 p.m.  There are groups for both Consumers of mental health services as well as Family members. There is no charge for attending the meetings.  Meetings are held at Participation Station, 869 Sparta Court, Lexington (corner of Versailles Rd. and Red Mile Rd.).

NAMI Lexington offers a speaker program entitled, In Our Own Voice, Living with a mental illness.  This presentation lasts from 60-90 minutes.  It is offered free of charge; it follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by those dealing with mental illness.  The presentation can be adapted to meet the special needs of the audience upon request.  Contact Valerie Mudd at 859-309-2856 or val@namilex.org.

Participation Stationis a peer operated centerIt is the first of its kind in Kentucky!  We work collaboratively with mental health service providers and consumers recovering from mental illness to strive towards a meaningful, enriching life. All services are fun, fulfilling, and free!   It is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday varied hours; check out the website for a listing of programs offered www.pslex.org or info@pslex.org or call to speak with a Peer Specialist at 859-309-2856Valerie Mudd is the Coordinator of the program.

The Warm Line—is a program of the Participation Station.  It is a non-emergency phone line for people living with a mental illness.  You can call the Warm Line if you “just need someone to talk to” or you are experiencing a stressful time, feeling cut off from the world and isolated.  It is staffed by Peer Supporters to offer support, help with referrals or to just listen without judgment.  Call 859-252-0058; call toll free 1-877-840-5167.  Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Sunday—closed.  Persons interested in training to operate the line; contact Sarah Brumfield at 859-309-2856 or sarah@namilex.org.

Volunteering with NAMI— We have positions open at Participation Station—we have trainings to teach volunteers how to answer the phone as well as answer Warm Line Calls—if interested.  The NAMI Office needs volunteers to help with mailings and answering the phone as well as volunteering for special events like the Woodland Arts Fair, Roots and Heritage Festival, the NAMI WALK—if interested, email volunteer@namilex.org

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

Suicide Prevention—QPR Gatekeeper Training for persons in the community to learn how to ask the Questions; Persuade the person to get help; Refer them to the appropriate services.  If interested, contact Julie Neace at 859-272-7891 or julierebecca@namilex.org  We work in collaboration with the KY Suicide Prevention Group www.kentuckysuicidepreventiongroup.org

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