National Alliance on Mental Illness
page printed from NAMI Kentucky

Who We Are


 We are the parents, children, spouses, brothers and sisters, and friends of persons with serious and persistent mental illness throughout the state of Kentucky -- as well as those persons themselves.

NAMI Kentucky is a self-help organization that is part of a nation-wide network devoted to improving the lives of the seriously mentally ill and decreasing the prevailing stigma associated with mental illness. The initials “NAMI ” in our name stand for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which was founded in 1979 by 284 persons. NAMI Kentucky is an affiliate. There are now over 1200 affiliate groups located in all 50 states. NAMI Kentucky represents over 1300 members/households and has 22 affiliates plus newly forming affiliates throughout the state.

We invite the support and advice of professionals and welcome them as members of our organization. We reach out to mental health care providers through our course "Provider Education." The course offers providers the perspectives of family members and consumers.

NAMI Kentucky is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our primary focus is to provide support, education and advocacy for those who have severe mental illnesses as well as their families. We strive as an organization to educate ourselves and the general public about the prevalence of mental illnesses, alternative treatments and the need for community facilities and services. We advocate for the rights of all persons affected by severe mental illness and for services to help those with mental illnesses to achieve the highest degree of independence and productivity possible. We encourage and support research on the cause and treatment of mental illnesses.



NAMI Nelson County         Gary Barr 502-331-9991

NAMI Bowling Green         Theresa Eddy  270-904-0161

NAMI Buffalo Trace       (Maysville)  Sharon Darnell  606-759-4010

NAMI Cumberland River    Wayne Bullock    606-256-9250


NAMI Danville              Lois Anderson 859-239-4360 

NAMI Frankfort           


NAMI Green River    


NAMI Hazard          Jaunita Bartley     606-785-0300

NAMI Heartland      Steve Alexander  270-351-3730

NAMI Henderson/Webster County    Beverly Jones    270-639-1492

NAMI Hopkinsville    Marcia and Jerry Bell 270-719-0648

NAMI Lexington        Theresa Walton, President 

Lexington Office 859-272-7891

Phill Gunniing Executive Director, Lexington NAMI,

NAMI Louisville       George Hersch    502-588-2008

NAMI Madisonville          Mary Poole, President 270-824-8673 or April Schmitt 270-886-5163   or

NAMI Morehead             Carol Mauriello    606-356-8184

NAMI Nelson County   Gary Barr, President, 502-452-7133

NAMI Northern Kentucky   Kathy Keller     859-261-4080

NAMI Owensboro           John Griffith        270-689-1999

NAMI Paducah             Balinda Hudson   270-898-8279

NAMI Somerset            Charlotte Stogsdill      606-274-4565

NAMI Winchester          Brenda Harrington    859-737-3384

     Services Also Offered in these areas: