The Challenge

Social distancing, Shelter-in-Place orders, temporary workplace pauses: the public health response to COVID-19 has made social isolation a reality now more than ever for many people in our community.

Take NAMI Kern’s Chain of Kindness Challenge!

Connect with others as part of a community-wide outreach effort
and encourage them to do the same. 

How It Works

NAMI Kern’s Chain of Kindness Challenge encourages participants to reach out to others, check in with a quick conversation and inspire the person you’ve contacted to continue a chain of communication. 

We’re all in this together, even when together feels farther apart than ever. 

Whether it’s by phone, letter, email or text message, you can brighten someone’s day and start something positive. Get involved today with a quick check-in!

Why You Should Reach Out

Social distancing, Shelter-in-Place orders, job loss: the public health response to COVID-19 has made social isolation a reality now more than ever for many people in our community.

Seeing fewer friends, neighbors, extended family members and co-workers can leave us all feeling disconnected from a usual routine, factors that mental health experts identify as contributing to anxiety and depression. 

Start The

  1. Decide who to reach out to today. Reach out to a few friends, neighbors or family members by phone call, text, letter, email or direct message.

  2. Keep the message light. Hearing news reports throughout the day, receiving related text notifications and being even vaguely aware of public health and economic issues can leave audiences feeling overwhelmed. Take a break from current events and steer the conversation to hobbies, personal interests or even movie recommendations. 

    • If you’re not sure what to say, you can start with “Hey, I’m doing NAMI Kern’s Chain of Kindness Challenge and it’s all about checking in with people just to see how they’re doing lately. You’ve been on my mind and I just wanted to reach out.”  

    • It’s okay to listen more than you talk or keep your email short.

    • End your message or conversation with an invitation to participate. 

  3. Post on your social accounts that you completed the NAMI Kern Chain of Kindness Challenge! 

    • Use the hashtags #NAMIKern #ChainOfKindnessChallenge.

    • Post the “I completed the NAMI Kern Chain of Kindness Challenge” graphic below.

    • Add a temporary profile photo frame to your Facebook profile found here.

  4. Challenge your network. Tag three people to participate with this call to action in the caption, “I participated in the #NAMIKern #ChainOfKindnessChallenge and it’s all about checking in with people. I nominate @name1 @name2 and @name3 to check in with three people during this challenging time.”

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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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