Steps Against Stigma

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NAMI NKY is established to serve residents of the Northern Kentucky area who are experiencing mental or emotional illnesses or challenges, and to assist them and their families in confronting and alleviating those challenges.  We provide individuals with mental illness with a number of resources that they need to understand and cope with their situations.

NAMI NKY is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Inc. (NAMI).  NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness and their families.

NAMI NKY is also affiliated with NAMI Kentucky, the state-wide organization.  All of us work in conjunction to serve individuals with mental illness and their families in our areas.

We also work at times in conjunction with Mental Health America and with NorthKey, the Northern Kentucky community care organization responsible for furnishing basic care to those with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.  These organizations also provide a wide variety of services for individuals with mental illness and their families.

The families and members of NAMI Northern Kentucky are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.


Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.


Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.

Educate the public about mental illness.
Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
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A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school, and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment, and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.
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If it was not for people like this donor we would not be able to provide services to Northern Kentucky, the are we serve spans across eight conties.
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Thank you To the incredibly generous person who can see the value that our non-profit has for mental illness!
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I have PTSD and I have had PTSD for a long time. I grew up with a mother and step-sister that absolutely could not stand me. To show me this, one day my step-sister decided to paint one of her eyes black with my black eyeshadow. When our mother got home she immediately upon seeing her face swung around and punched me in the face. I was eleven then, and my life quickly snowballed after that. From neglect to an array of abuse I would not like to remember and some of which I cant remember, I have suffered continuously. When I was sixteen after my third surgery, my mother and sister decided to move while I was still bedridden. after two weeks of being alone, my aunt stepped in and I went to live with her. I am grateful to my aunt. However, the abuse from my sister and mother did not stop by me simply not living with them; they would spread rumors and sow the seeds of hate throughout my community about me because I do not act "normal" whatever that means. Due to my mental illness, I am hypervigilant, anxious, prone to bouts of anger, and do a lot of "daydreaming" which is really a dissociation disorder.
My aunt, on the other hand, raised me the best she could. I went to college received a bachelors degree, got a job which turned out to be one of the worse jobs in NKY, the employers were as equally abusive and manipulative as the parolees. Grotesque and appalling rumors were spread about me there as well because I didn't fit into any preconceived notions they thought they had about me so they made one up. So after that, I decided to go back to college but at that time I was struggling with depression from that job. More recently my PTSD was re-ingrained by a boyfriend I thought I would be with for the rest of my life, and we would attempt to have a traditional life, I was wrong...
After a day in the hospital and four days with police and attorneys, I receive outpatient treatment for mental illnesses my doctors believe to be permanent. Even though my perception of people has changed drastically, I have had a hard time keeping a job, and I put my self in isolation a lot I still manage to get a masters degree, found a job I am passionate about even though I have to start at the very bottom and take everything one day at a time.
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Nami Northern Kentucky Inc (Nami Nky)
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Covington, KY
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