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Depression Support Group

Meets Every Thursday in Room 204 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

What the Group Provides

Blakemore UMC provides a Depression Support Group for the church and community that is free and meets weekly on an ongoing basis. It meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Room 204. Blakemore is located at the corner of West End and Bowling Ave.

Depression and anxiety can be debilitating, often leaving those suffering with it feeling isolated and all alone. Our church family wants to support those in our community who suffer from depression and anxiety and lack support. All are welcome. We offer support to adults of all ages, and we have learned that intergenerational interaction can have its benefits. The group setting is designed to be a safe place where individuals can come and freely express their experiences and feelings without judgment.

A person attending this group can feel encouragement, support, and unconditional love from fellow group members. The only religious focus is that we love and care for each other as Jesus taught us to do. Blakemore welcomes all people regardless of age, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religious beliefs or none. We take pride that Blakemore is a Reconciling Church reaching out to all. The group is facilitated by Gayle Lembcke and Pam Picklesimer, both of whom attend worship at Blakemore.

All people who are challenged by problems with depression and anxiety are invited to come and be a part of this loving, caring support group. To attend the group, simply come to the door under the carport on the Bowling Ave. entrance. The door will be locked, and one of the facilitators will be there to let you in until the start time of group at 6:30 pm. If you arrive late, you can call the phone number on the flyer on the Depression Support Group poster beside the door, and someone will come to let you in. The phone number is 615-305-4974. If you would like to find out more info regarding the group prior to attending, you can call this number as well, and we will gladly answer your questions.

About the Group Facilitators

Gayle Lembcke
Gayle is a retired Social Worker originally from Western Kentucky. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She worked many years in the Mental Health field, especially with chronic mental illness, providing Case Management and coordinating Day Treatment services. She has also been a Sexual Assault Counselor and worked in the Intellectual Disabilities field. She has participated in and coordinated several Support Groups through the years. Mental Health has always been her favorite area of Social Work, and she loves doing the groups. Gayle has been a member of Blakemore since 2008.

Pam Picklesimer
Pam is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Evansville. She has practiced various types of nursing since the mid 1970’s. Her interest in mental health nursing began with in-patient care at a psychiatric hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Later, after moving to Nashville, she began working in various mental health settings in addition to psychiatric hospital nursing. She has worked in research, with clinical drug trials that focused on Depression and Dementia. She has been a Psychiatric Home Health Nurse with a focus on Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia. Pam attends church at Blakemore.

All people who are challenged by problems with depression and anxiety are invited to come and be a part of this loving, caring support group. Everything said in the group is confidential. For more info about the group, please contact:

Gayle Lembcke at 615-305-4974 or at