Bipolar Resources

Hey everyone,

Here I’ve gathered a variety of links to helpful resources for people living with Bipolar disorder, and their families, significant others, and friends or inner circle. All of these links are unique. They may have some things in common, but there’s much to see and do!

It is so important that we try and educate our loved ones about our condition for a variety of reasons. The Bipolar stereotypes in today’s society & world aren’t fair. I think no matter how many pamphlets a husband is handed, or how many videos a mother seeks out, the sense of closure in understanding is ultimately sealed when we ourselves are active in reaching out to them so that the insight is personal.  I believe the links shared below will help you find your way in this matter.

These sites are for you to use on a personal level as well. There are a lot of tools for your well-being and to help you grow and find healing.

You deserve to be happy. Its your birthright. God created us to love and be loved. To smile and to laugh. To overcome. Darkness in life is inevitable, and everybody has their unique set of struggles. Pain has billions of forms. We just happen to have wound up with Bipolar genes. It’s a negative thing if left unattended to. Without treatment, I certainly wouldn’t be alive, and I would have never known the joy I feel today. Life is a gift. Each sunrise is a gift from God. Somehow we all fit together as our lives intertwine. Therefor, you must know that suffering, though inevitable, can’t destroy you unless you remain passive. That’s my take.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.

  • This site has everything from educational tools to your own personal Wellness Tracker. With the tracker you can track moods from mania to neutral to depressed, log daily significant events, keep a journal, log lifestyle things like sleep, medication side effects, and so on. This makes keeping track of all that goes on in your life concerning mental health so easy! You are even able to print out your entries and stuff which you could then bring to therapy or Dr. visits. I use this myself, daily, and I LOVE IT!

NAMI

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.\

  • Create your own membership online for free. Forums are available and stay busy all of the time.
  • Find an actual NAMI Chapter near you!

 Bipolar Significant Others

The material presented on this site is intended to provide information and support to the spouses, families, friends and other loved ones of those who suffer from bipolar disorder (manic-depression).

“For the family members and loved ones of adults who have bipolar disorder, the issue often comes down to finding ways to maintain a loving relationship through the long process of finding effective treatment and achieving greater stability. While the behaviors that lead to the bipolar diagnosis vary widely in severity depending on the person, they are sometimes very disturbing, frightening, threatening, or annoying. Sometimes sustaining the relationship is complicated by financial insecurity, infidelity, alcoholism, addiction, abusiveness, criminal activity, and other factors that may be associated with the illness. Understanding and untangling this complex array of issues and the emotions that surround them, in the context of a loving relationship, is difficult and usually takes much time and effort. Both parties must acquire insight, develop coping strategies, and make difficult changes. Sometimes the stresses are too great and separation or divorce must be considered. The shared personal experience of the BPSO list membership can help identify what is important in each situation and aid in making critical decisions.”

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation’s first peer-run national technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement. The movement strives for dignity, respect, and opportunity for those diagnosed with mental health conditions, often called peers. Individuals who receive or have received mental health services continue to reject the label of “those who cannot help themselves.” Instead, they — and we — proclaim, “Nothing about us without us.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Fish Oil & Vitamin D

These supplements seem to show great promise for depression 🙂

Healthy Place

You’ll find comprehensive, authoritative information on psychological disorders, psychiatric medications, and other mental health treatments. We also have a mental health social network, online psychological tests, breaking mental health news, HealthyPlace TV, our weekly live mental health TV show, and more.

Daily Strength Bipolar Support Group

International Bipolar Foundation

The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education.
& finally,
Home of the Bipolar Magazine
I hope you will find some of these helpful, dear friends!
“Remember that your heart is beating, your lungs are breathing, there’s something you got that somebody’s needing.” -Amanda M.
Don’t give up!
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