What is NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots,  non-profit (501-C-3)  self help, support and advocacy organization for individuals, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; those dealing with Personality Disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder; and from Addictions.

Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 1,100 affiliates that seek equitable services for people with severe mental illness, addictions and personality disorders and serves thousands of people nationwide each month. NAMI provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illness. NAMI also has affiliates in Puerto Rico, Canada, and American Samoa and has helped start sister organizations in Australia, Japan and the Ukraine.

NAMI Bowling Green is an affiliate of NAMI Kentucky and was begun November 17, 1986 by Mrs. Marty Harrison and other devoted/concerned family members. NAMI KY presently has 22 affiliates through-out Kentucky working on the national, state and local levels. We are privileged to have an affiliate in our city. November 2016 is our 30th Anniversary and we will celebrate our 30th year (2016-2017) as an affiliate.

Individuals in recovery from a mental illness, family members, friends and the public are encouraged to call the NAMI Helpline (1-800-950-NAMI (6264). NAMI’s national, toll free helpline is connecting thousands of callers with trained volunteers who can answer questions and mail information about severe mental illness, treatments, services and local NAMI affiliate groups. The NAMI helpline is staffed Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Eastern Standard Time and has a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week message line. In the BRADD (10 county area of Bowling Green) You may call the LifeSkills Help line 1 (800) 223-8913 or the Adult Crisis Unit 270-843-4357 or Children's Crisis Unit 270-901-5712.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI-Bowling Green ( Kentucky Affiliate)

P. O. Box 176   Bowling Green, KY. 42102
 Connections and Family Support Groups 

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 5:30 - 7pm

Where: 428 Center Street Bowling Green, KY 

Connection Support Group Facilitators: (270) 796-2606

Deborah Weed, Vicki Patterson, Jay Gabbard, Gayla Hayes

WKU Connection Support Group:

Call for schedule: (270-796-2606)

or email: Dr. Jay Gabbard - jay.gabbard@wku.edu 

Deborah Weed - WC2600@outlook.com

Family Support Group Facilitators: (270) 796-2606

Larry Gregory, Judy Gregory, Deborah Weed

Contact Us:

NAMI BG/Chair/ President: Deborah Weed (270) 796-2606 or WC2600@outlook.com 

NAMI BG/Past Chair/VP: Larry Gregory (270) 796-2606 or gregnamibgky@hotmail.com 
 NAMI BG/ Secretary/Treasurer: Vicki Patterson: (270) 796-2606 or WC2600@outlook.com
Monthly Board Meetings are held Last Tuesday of each Month @ 4:30 p.m.
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