We at NAMI Lexington are delighted to announce that Mental Health America (MHA) has chosen NAMI Lexington as a recipient of the 2016 Philip P. Ardery Award! NAMI Lexington is receiving this award for providing exceptional services to our community regarding the promotion of mental health recovery, advocacy, education and support!

Per MHA, “Philip Ardery was born in Lexington, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky and received a degree in law from Harvard University. He is now a retired partner in the law firm of Frost Brown Todd. Mr. Ardery has admirably and ably served non-profit organizations on a pro bono basis for many years and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health America of Kentucky. Mr. Ardery was instrumental in the development of Wellspring House and the Schizophrenia Foundation of KY. In 1984, he was one of three gentlemen from Louisville, KY who approached the National Institute of Mental Health about creating a national philanthropic organization devoted to research of major mental illnesses. The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) was born and dedicated to the promotion of scientific research to prevent, combat, and cure schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. Mr. Adery passed away in July 2012 at the age of 98.

Mental Health America of Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Mental Health Association, was founded in 1951 to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses, and improve the care and treatment of persons with a mental illness. Its founding members and early supporters included Dr. Spafford Ackerly, Dr. William Keller, Barry Bingham, Sr., Dr. Arthur Kasey, Dr. Frank Gaines, Dr. Harold McPheeters, and Cornelia Serpell. The association was instrumental in the creation of Kentucky’s community mental health services system and laws preserving the rights of people involuntarily hospitalized for a mental illness.

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