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Barbershop Confessions In The Big Easy

Meet Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project, and learn how he uses barbershops across America as platforms to start conversation and spread hope and healing in the black community.

Discovering My Superpower

This piece features NAMI Ambassador A.J. Mendez, author, advocate and former WWE wrestler. Hear her advice to Latino families and how she believes her bipolar disorder is her superpower.

The Safe Place

After uncovering myths about mental illness in her community, mental health advocate Jasmin Pierre created a “Safe Place” where the black community can access culturally inspired information and support.

Family Support Groups English

Family Support Groups are for family members of individuals living with a mental illness. You will gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar situations.

Family Support Groups Spanish

Family Support Groups will help you see the individual not the illness, aim for better coping skills, and accept that we cannot solve every problem.

Family Support Groups Outlying Areas

“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the NAMI Family Support Group at a time I really needed it.”

                        NAMI Support Group participant


2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
2001-28th Street, Bakersfield

4th Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
2300 S. Union Ave, Bakersfield

2nd Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2001-28th Street, Bakersfield


Every 4th Friday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Consumer Family Learning Center
 Street, Bakersfield


For more information about support groups
call (661) 858-3255


Every Monday, 5:00- 6:30 p.m.
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1400 N. Norma, Ste. 137

Designed for adults (18 and older)
with a loved one living with mental health challenges.


Bakersfield Recovery
Support Group

Every Friday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Beale Library
701 Truxtun Ave

(661) 247-5426


Ridgecrest Recovery
Support Group

Every Thursday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Crossroads Community Church
235 N. China Lake Blvd

(760) 384-8672

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella Recovery
Support Group

Every Monday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Kern Valley Healthcare District
6412 Laurel Ave

(760) 370-4793

The “WhyCare?” campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness and a challenge to address broken systems and attitudes that present barriers to treatment and recovery.

WhyCare has the power to make a life-changing impact on those affected by mental health conditions. Through our own words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers that prevent people from building better lives.


WhyCare? is a simple, but a powerful way to change lives for people affected by mental illness.

It’s an action. It’s a feeling. It’s a gift we give to ourselves and to each other. People feel loved when someone cares. People feel heard when someone cares. People recover when someone cares. Society changes when people care. Entire systems change when people care.

For more than 40 years, NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope by providing the support, education and advocacy to ensure that all people affected by mental health conditions get the care they need and deserve. 
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About NAMI Kern:

NAMI Kern is an affiliate of NAMI California. We are a grassroots (501(c)3 nonprofit corporation made up of families, friends, professionals, students and individuals living with mental illness.

Register HERE to Join NAMI Kern!

Thank you for all those who participated in our annual NAMIWalks ON October 13, 2018!!

About NAMI Kern

Mailing Address:
National Alliance on Mental Illness
P.O. Box 9144
Bakersfield, CA 93389-9144

Helpline: (661) 858-3255

NAMI Kern County is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Federal Tax ID #77-0289372


NAMI Kern is an affiliate of NAMI California. We are a grassroots (501(c)3 nonprofit corporation made up of families, friends, professionals, students and individuals living with mental illness.


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