Pat & Russ Glenn have advocated for people in recovery from mental illness or addictions occurring from mental illness, for many years. Mr. & Mrs. Glenn moved back to Maysville, their hometown, from Shelbyville, KY after living & working there for 47 years. While in Shelbyville they participated and volunteered numerous hours fighting stigma associated with those suffering from disorders as well as their families and friends. Upon returning to their hometown of Maysville, they were anxious to see how many different resources this community offered. Soon they realized Maysville lacked a group that encompassed help not only for a loved one, but also for the family of a loved one suffering from a mental disorder. With the help of Steve Lowder and Reva Boone, the Glenn’s re-introduced a group called NAMI to the Buffalo Trace area. In the fall of 2007, NAMI Buffalo Trace Affiliate began. This affiliate encompasses the counties of Mason, Robertson, Bracken, Lewis, and Fleming counties. Russ also wanted to provide knowledge of other resources available to help people with their needs. They made a list of available resources in the community to provide an avenue for people that otherwise would not know of, or how to manage their way through. Pat has spoken about NAMI at many community groups. She has explained the meaning of NAMI and the value of NAMI not just to those affected with a mental illness, but also the value of NAMI to family and friends. She has fought stigma with knowledge through education.
The Mission Statement of NAMI KY reads: NAMI KY advocates for diversity and inclusion of all people in the recovery of mental illness. We foster hope for all affected individuals and their families by coordinating and supporting a network of local affiliates that provide advocacy, education, and support. This statement could be the Mission Statement of Russ & Pat Glenn. They welcome everyone to attend a NAMI meeting, they encourage their journey of recovery while offering support and knowledge to their loved ones; and they have certainly provided advocacy, education, and support within our community.