Family to Family




NAMI Kern County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for the spring, beginning February 11, 2015.
It will be held on Wednesdays at 6:00pm at the Consumer Family Learning Center 5121 Stockdale Hwy. Ste. 150A.

Download our latest Family to Family flyer
or for more information please contact:
Marie Neel, (661) 872-5999

What is the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program?
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness

Participant Perspecitve?

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”

Download our latest Family to Family flyer or for more information please contact: Marie Neel, or (661) 872-5999

NAMI Connection: Recovery Support Group

The real gift of Connection, the real heart of Connection, iconnecting with other people in an accepting environment. We all come as we are and stay who we are while we are in the group, without fear of misunderstanding. We are connected to each other and to the experiences of each other which offer us new ways of coping and new ways of thinking.

 If interested, please contact Terry at (661) 398-0502 for Friday’s group; Rebecca at (661) 565-6565 for Wednesday’s group; or Janet at (760) 384-8672 for Tuesday’s group .

Locations and Times: 

Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest
5201 White Lane (west entrance) Bakersfield, CA 93309
Fridays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Consumer Family Learning Center
5121 Stockdale Hwy., Suite 150A Bakersfield, CA 93389
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month
6:00pm to 7:30pm
College Community Services (CCS): Hope Center
1400 N. Norma Street, Suite 137
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Peer-to-Peer Recovery beginning in Ridgecrest!

Look for classes coming in early 2015.

Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. For more information about other Peer-to-Peer Recovery Courses, please contact: Valerie Lester



Renew your membership today!  Renew online at $35.00 annually for a Family membership!

9th Annual NAMIWalks October 17, 2015

The Park at River Walk
October 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact William Lester:

Visit the OFFICIAL NAMI Walks Kern County Website

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor: $ 10,000
Major Sponsor: $ 7,500
Gold Sponsor: $ 5,000
Kick off Luncheon Sponsor: $ 3,500
Silver Sponsor: $ 2,500
Awards Reception Sponsor: $ 1,500
Start/Finish Line Sponsor: $ 1,500
Bronze Sponsor: $ 1,000
Supporter: $ 500
Kilometer Sponsor: $ 250

Find out more about sponsorship HERE.

Become a sponsor by clicking HERE.

Our sponsors will be proudly listed on the main event page. We look forward to adding you to the list.

Ridgecrest Meetings

NAMI Monthly Meeting
Please call to confirm location, date and time
(760) 384-8672

Family Support Group
Every Tuesday- 6:00-7:30pm
CCS HOPE Center –
1400 N Norma St., Ste 137, (760) 384-8672(760) 446-2032

Connection Recovery Support Group
Please call for current time and location
(760) 977-7837(760) 384-8672

Survey For Members

Would you please take a few minutes to answer the following questions so that we, NAMI Kern County 2013 Executive Board, may better serve our members….


1.  How can we, NAMI Kern County, increase our attendance at our Monthly Affiliate Meetings, A.I.M.?

2.  What topics would you like to see covered in these monthly meetings?

3.  Do you feel two Family to Family Educational Classes, in English, would be sufficient for 2013?

4.  Would you, or someone you know, participate in a Spanish (or bi-lingual) Family to Family Class?

5.  How many Peer to Peer classes do you feel NAMI Kern County should offer?

6.  Would YOU be interested in participating on a committee through 2012?  If so, what would be your area of interest?

Please submit your answers to:

or if you prefer mail to:

NAMI Kern County
P.O. Box 9144
Bakersfield, CA  93389

Thank you for your input.