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Support for Families and Loved Ones
  • Support via the Internet - The Internet can provide wonderful support. One can contact a larger group of people in similar situations than is possible in most communities, and the aid and support they offer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no meetings to schedule.
  • Chat Groups - Chat groups provide more immediate support and information. It is difficult to keep current with all the chat groups forming on the internet, but a few of the more longstanding ones are mentioned here. Chat sessions are sponsored by many of the major BP sites listed on BPSO's home page, by several private support and information sites, and by some of the groups in the mailing list section.
  • Support in your own community - As wonderful as it is, the internet is no substitute for the support of real people in your own community who know the workings of the local mental health and legal system.

Support via the Internet
Beacon of Hope This site is dedicated to men and women who are partners of someone diagnosed with a severe mental illness. As the wife of a husband with bipolar disorder (manic-depression), at times I have felt like a forgotten casualty of this disease. After struggling on my own for years, I have discovered some coping mechanisms that have made my life and my husband's life a lot better. I hope that the information you find here will help you manage a little better too.
Bipolar Catholic Spirituality The Bipolar Catholic Spirituality group is for Catholics who are interested in learning more about the spiritual aspects of living with a mental illness, particularly Bipolar Disorder. Discussion will center on traditional Catholic spirituality including, but not limited to, the Holy Scriptures; the catechism; Canon Law; and the works and lives of St. John of the Cross, St. Therese, St. Faustina, St. Catherine of Sienna, and St. Gertrude the Great. We will explore the topic of redemptive suffering particularly in hope that we can come to some conclusions about the spiritual role of the mentally ill person in the Body of Christ.
Bipolar Support. Org The purpose of this web site is to provide information about bipolar disorder and to offer support, not only to those afflicted, but their family, loved ones and friends. This web site is operated by just these kinds of people. We are not licensed psychiatrists, psychologists or mental health counselors, but a community of people who want to share experiences and hope. All posts and comments in this website are personal opinions and should not be substituted for therapy or other professional mental health counseling. Browse through our Directory to the left to find more details about us, bipolar disorder and resources we offer, such as recommended books, links to find help near you, as well as supportive forums and chat rooms. There's even a place to keep a private journal and a free mood chart in our downloads section. We welcome you to join our community and hope you find it informative and comforting.
BPSO BPSO is an internet support mailing list for the non-bipolar loved ones of those suffering from Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depression). The list is large, busy, and frequently closed to new members until mail volumes drop. This web site is maintained by BPSO. Subscription information may be found here.
BPSO_sibs Adult siblings of loved ones with a serious brain disorder. (bipolar disorder or schizophrenia).
Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) We provide information for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them. The website is one tool we use to deliver this information. We also work with the media, researchers, educators, service organisations, consumers, carers and others. The COPMI initiative is being undertaken by the Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA) with funding from the Australian Government. The overall aim of the Australian COPMI initiative is to promote better mental health outcomes for children (0 - 18 years) of parents with a mental health problem or disorder.
Depression Forums An open peer discussion of depressive illnesses, mental health issues, treatment options and support.
Facing Us Clubhouse The Facing Us Clubhouse is a program brought to you by The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Our Mission: To provide hope, help and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented empowering services and resources when, where and how they want them.
FyrenIyce The Australian Pendulum list, for bipolars and others concerned with the illness. "On some days there will be many fierce dragons ranting about something or other, and then there are always the very meek, quiet little fire-lizards who cringe at confrontation and discord. But whatever category you fit in, we must all pull together against our common enemy-bipolar disorder."
Harbor of Refuge Organization, Inc. Peer to Peer Support for People with Bipolar disorder and those that care about them.
HealthyPlace Bipolar Community 
Husband of a Bipolar Wife Welcome to the site of a Husband of a Bi-Polar Wife. No names will ever be mentioned to protect the privacy of the people involved. I decided to start this site to talk and sometimes vent about the views from the Husbands side of things. Not too many people actually care to see or hear our side of things. Just how our bi-polar wife is doing. Believe it or not people, we put up with a lot more then most people could ever imagine unless you live with it day in and day out.
Knowledge is Power A Peer Support site with an emphasis on hope, recovery, education, wellness and advocacy for persons with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, ADD, ADHD or Aspergers syndrome.
Laughter & Surviving BiPolaritaville For families of who deal with Bipolar (and/or, other mental health issues).
Life of a Bipolar Spouse A companion site to Husband of a Bipolar Wife (see above), but for spouses generally, not just husbands.
Mood Garden Mood Garden ( forum ) is a safe haven for people with depression and bipolar "disorder", and related conditions like anxiety. We are individuals who are living with mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder) and related conditions. We share information and support on our message board/forum. Patients diagnosed with any mood disorder, friends and families and others interested in participating in a supportive way are welcome to join in.
National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children who have a Mentally Ill Parent/s (NNAAMI) An Australian site, a rare resource for the children of mentally ill parents. "We are a group of people who have experienced life with a mentally ill parent. We established NNAAMI to provide assistance for one another, via self - help support, discussion groups and counselling. We also inform the community and government of our common needs and life experience. We may have some weekend gatherings in the country."
Pendulum Pendulum Resources is the web presence of the Pendulum Email list, an on-line support group for Manic-Depressives.
Walkers in Darkness Walkers in Darkness, Inc. has been providing peer-to-peer support, information and education to people with mood disorders for over 11 years. We know how isolating mental illness can be and how difficult it can be to find someone who understands. We're people like you who are doing our best at working toward recovery. Whether you need to talk, or just listen, please visit our web site and take advantage of what our community has to offer.
Winds of Change Bipolar Support Group An internet support group for both bipolar and non-bipolar individuals. "Our arms are open, our hearts are big, and our ears listen. If you, or someone you love, has Bipolar Disorder, and you feel alone, or need someone to talk to who will understand, please, consider joining . . ."
Chat Groups
Alice's Garden Chat for parents of children with depression.
Bipolar Chat I have compiled a list of chat rooms and message boards that are dedicated to Bipolar Disorder and Depression. I have also included a list of websites that provide additional information and resources.
Silver Lining We are devoted to the individuals and their family and friends who have been affected by this illness. We know all too well what this disorder is about. We live it every day.
Support in your own community
Balance New Zealand Bipolar & Depression Network. Much information, newsletter, discussion forum, support group, etc. A very attractive and helpful site.
But what will the neighbors think? Overcoming mental illnesses in the South Asian American family. From the ABCDlady web site, for American born DESIs (South Asians).
DBSA Support Groups and Chapters Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), formerly National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (NDMDA).
Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance Tampay Bay A volunteer run, nonprofit organization for individuals who have been diagnosed with affective disorders and their families and friends. Affective disorders include depression, bipolar (manic depression), & related mood disorders. We provide support group meetings in the Tampa Bay area, an educational lecture series, an informative website, a newsletter, & a telephone helpline. If you or a loved one stuggle with mood disorders, we encourage you to come to one of our meetings.
International Bipolar Resources From the Fyreniyce web site
NAMI Chapters NAMI has a state organization in all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. To continue, click on a state or territory on the map, or enter the two-letter abbreviation of your state below.
South African Bipolar Site We provide details of support available in South Africa, articles written by south african bipolars, links to bipolar sites world wide and links to medical information sites.
Vereniging voor Manisch-Depressieven en Betrokkenen Nederlandse Stichting voor Manisch Depressieven (NSMD). De NSMD is een patiŽntenorganisatie voor MD'ers en hun omgeving. Met als belangrijkste doelstelling voorlichting, belangenbehartiging en lotgenotencontact.

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