Resource Guide – Friends and Family

by KL on July 23, 2010

How to Help a Loved One

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Q. How can I help my son?  He doesn’t take his medications and his behavior is erratic. Where do I go?

A. Your first step is to learn about the illness, possible treatments and expectations. Educate yourself about what you can and cannot accomplish on behalf of your loved one and how to take care of yourself.

Mental Health Support Organizations

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Toll-free: (800) 826-3632

DBSA is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. Join a support group.

Find Your State & Local NAMI

(800) 950-NAMI (6264)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers national and local programs that are extremely useful to consumers and their families.

HealthyPlace – America’s Mental Health Channel is a large, for profit, consumer mental health site that provides “authoritative information and support to people with mental health concerns, along with their family members and other loved ones.”

Supporting Someone with Bipolar Disorder
Links to dozens of articles

Bipolar Medication Compliance Issues
Large collection of articles on this specific topic

Articles and Videos for Friends and Family

“Getting Help for Family Members of Bipolar Patients”
You can view a selection of short videos dealing with various aspects of helping family members with bipolar illness.

“Depression: Caring for a Depressed Person”,,20187832,00.html
A large selection of articles and videos. See especially The Best Websites for Those Caring for a Depressed Friend or Family Member

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