How can I get help/support for bipolar disorder (BD)?
You may wish to consult the Bipolar Disorder page of NAMI’s website where you will find information on the condition, current treatments, ways to support recovery, and links to NAMI Discussion Groups that focus on topics related to Bipolar Disorder.
The following, additional resources may be of help:
- NAMI Peer-to-Peer Classes are free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.
- NAMI Family-to-Family Classes are for families, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA, it facilitates a better understanding of mental health conditions, increases coping skills and empowers participants to become advocates for their family members. Also available in Spanish, De Familia a Familia de NAMI.
- NAMI Connection Support Group is for peers is a support group for people with mental health conditions. Groups meet weekly, every other week or monthly, depending on location. This program is also available in Spanish, NAMI Conexión.
- NAMI Family Support Groups are support groups for family members, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Groups meet weekly, every other week or monthly, depending on location.
- Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), (800) 826-3632, is a comprehensive resource for more than 23 million people in the U.S. who live with mood disorders, including information on treatment, resources, and support groups. Through the DBSA Support Group Locator you can search for in-person and online support groups that focus on support for individuals and families of those living with mood disorders.
- Information on additional Bipolar Disorder-specific organizations are included on the website of Bipolar Caregivers, which provides easily accessible information on its website for caregivers of people with bipolar disorder, including information and suggestions for caregivers about treatment and management of the disorder, ways to support recovery, and ways for caregivers to support themselves when caring for a loved one with bipolar disorder.
- Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation provides extensive information for families on juvenile-onset of bipolar disorder and fear of harm through research, education, and outreach. Offers video conference support groups for parents and patients living with Fear of Harm.
- The website of bphope.com offers an online community that strives to increase the awareness of bipolar disorder and to provide hope and empowerment to those in the bipolar community — people with bipolar disorder, along with their families, caregivers, and health-care professionals. Provides numerous online support groups.