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Last Update: 01/02/2020

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Peer Support Groups

No two peer support groups are the same—each is as unique as a snowflake or a finger print.

A peer support group is a regular gathering of men and women with the lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use. Usually once each month, these individuals come together, overseen by a Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialist, to talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges. The support group becomes an anchor for them as they recover from their illnesses and develop skills to live more effectively in their communities. A peer support group is a freeing experience, as these individuals realize “I am not alone,” and hope and trust grow between them.

Most adults with mental illness aren’t used to talking about their conditions in social situations. But a peer support group, possibly unlike anywhere else for the participants, is a judgment- and stigma-free zone, so they’re more open to sharing. Participants also know that they’re equipped to offer advice to each other and help troubleshoot problems because of their shared lived experiences. Who better to offer inspirational, candid messages than someone who’s been there?

  • “You are not your disorder.”

  • “You are a person, not a problem.”

  • “Your condition does not define you.”

These opinions are best received when coming from people who have walked in those shoes and seen the world through those eyes.

Classes Offered


Mondays 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

12 Week Course

KCPSS facilitator leads a 12 week course recognized curriculum. This class offers healthy parenting skills for the conscious, open minded parent. Curriculum includes creating household rules, different parenting styles, and also fun games and activities.



Fridays 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM


As we know many people in recovery are very creative and talented. We offer an art class every Friday for you to enjoy watercolor painting, drawing, sketching, etc. This class is a great way to enjoy your creative side. 


Fridays 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM


Come out on Fridays and enjoy several different fun activities planned by the KCPSS at The PIER. Activities include fitness classes, yoga, art, creative writing, music, and/or board games. 


Tuesdays, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM


KCPSS facilitator leads the Clinic Community Health Center curriculum. This class will provide information and education about stress, effects of stress and provides best practice stress management and relaxation techniques 


Wednesdays, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM


KCPSS facilitator leads this support group. This group seeks to empower women to participate in their personal recovery and within the community. This group focuses on setting goals to improve quality of life. 


Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM


KCPSS facilitator leads this support group - a safe place to share thoughts and feelings in order to cope with challenges or and barriers in the grieving process. Various types of loss are investigated including family, friends, work and self. 



Wednesdays, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM


KCPSS LGBTQ self identified facilitator leads this support group, committed to improving the climate and support systems for the LGBTQ+ community. It addresses specific recovery related topics unique to these individuals.



Wednesdays, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

This group is for individuals who are seeking employment or actively employed. The group assists the individual with stresses or barriers related to employment.

  • Budgeting & Time Management

  • Resume & Career Coaching

  • Life Skills & Problem Soling Skills



Thursdays, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM


Research and studies have shown that many individuals struggle with dual diagnosis. This support group is for individuals who have co-occurring disorders with both mental illness and substance use. 


Thursdays, 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM


Narcotics Anonymous

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM - Open Meeting


Alcoholics Anonymous

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM - Open Meeting


MARA (Medication Assisted Recovery)

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM - Open Meeting 


Mondays, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM


KCPSS facilitator leads this 12 week, SAMSHA approved and court recognized curriculum. This class teaches participants to manage anger effectively, stop violence or threats of violence, develop self-control over thoughts and actions, and provides participants support in a group setting. 


Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Thursdays, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM


Support group for individuals and families affected by mental illness.


NAMI Northern Kentucky



Tuesdays, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

KCPSS Facilitator leads the Mood Juice Self Help Guide curriculum. This class will help participants build skills to cope through life stressors so they can understand symptoms created by anxiety, causes of, and answers the question, “What can I do to overcome anxiety?”