The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), one of RNDC’s Charities of Choice, offers these suggestions for remaining connected to your social network during social distancing.  

  1. Schedule regular calls with friends like you would schedule a work meeting. If you can, make them video calls, using FaceTime or Skype, Zoom, or other video-calling options. 
  2. Start a text or email chain with friends about good articles to read, videos to watch, podcasts to listen to, songs to listen to, etc.  
  3. Catch up with old friends by email, phone, or on social media platforms. 
  4. Play online games with friends using apps, such as Words with Friends. 
  5. Start an impromptu virtual book club with a friend or group of friends, by starting to read the same book together, then check in to discuss it. 
  6. Start watching TV shows or movies at the same time with friends, then check in to discuss them. 
  7. Call or video-chat with friends while taking virtual tours together of museums, national parks, and live-streamed concerts. 
  8. Plan a virtual dinner party using FaceTime or a video-conferencing option.
  9. Friendly with your neighbors? Plan to meet up outside at a safe distance for daily check-ins.