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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