How does one find good therapists, psychiatrists, or school counselors? What books should I read about bipolar disorder? What are some good informational websites? And what do all these strange psychiatric terms mean?

Despite the greater access to information about mental health available on the web, many persons with bipolar disorder and their family members cannot find needed services. This is because all of this information is in different places. In this section, we bring together much of the information you’ll need to learn to cope with bipolar disorder in yourself or a loved one. To start, we offer a “Glossary of Terms” that provides definitions of the more difficult concepts you’ll run across.

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.

National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health Web Site

Type: Web Sites

A contest hosted by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in 2007-2011, as part of a national campaign.

First charitable organization dedicated to the support of research on early-onset bipolar disorder; started by Demitri and Janice Papolos

Mission: “Working together to erase the stigma and discrimination of mental illness."

To emerge as the world's most effective organization working to eradicate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.

To act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness.

Founded by: Glenn Close

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

Mental Health America’s “How Do I Find a Support Group?” page:
Includes links to both general and specialized support groups

from their web site:

"Brookhaven Retreat is a unique voluntary residential program for women who want their lives to be different. The program is specially designed to help women to manage alcohol and medication challenges, depression, emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, which leave a woman feeling trapped with no means to escape or ability to move forward successfully.

Brookhaven Retreat offers comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, including:

Type: Web Sites   Category: For Women and Girls Only
Author: David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Elizabeth L. George, PhD  

The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family
David J. Miklowitz and Elizabeth L. George
Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 16, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1593853181
ISBN-13: 978-1593853181

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18
Author: David J. Miklowitz, PhD  

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know.
David J. Miklowitz, PhD
Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (December 15, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1606235427
ISBN-13: 978-1606235423