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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