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We know many of our community members are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you are safe. This time is especially stressful for those living with mental health conditions, as well as their family members and loved ones.

For Those With Mental Health Conditions

If you or a loved one is living with a mental health condition, consider these tips from NAMI.

  • For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
  • For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60- or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed. (Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.)
  • Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
  • Provide self-care, especially if you are in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.


COVID-19 Updates:

Kern County Public Health

California Department of Health Updates (also En Español)

California Department of Health Guidance for Gatherings/Events

CDC Updates


Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC)

Mental Health Tips and Resources:

Mental Health Consideration During COVID-19 (World Health Organization)

Feeling Anxiety About Coronavirus? A Psychologist Offers Tips to Stay Clearheaded (University of California San Francisco)

How to Deal with Coronavirus if You Have OCD or Anxiety (Vice)

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)


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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