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.

Author: David J Miklowitz PhD (Editor), Dante Cicchetti PhD (Editor)  

Miklowitz and Cicchetti, Editors, Understanding Bipolar Disorder textbook

Type: Books   Category: Clinicians, Researchers was launched in 1999 by a family in response to the suicide of their 29-year-old daughter.

"Helpguide’s mission is to provide you and your family with mental health information you can trust. Our expert, ad-free resources empower you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices. We believe that with support and self-help options, you can understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges."

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

"ICCD is a global resource for communities creating solutions for people with mental illness. We help communities around the world create ICCD Clubhouses, which are community centers that give people with mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential."

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

"Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Mindfulness Research Guide is a comprehensive electronic resource and publication database that provides information to researchers, practitioners, and the general public on the scientific study of mindfulness.

Center housed in the UCLA Semel Institute, for education and research in mindfulness practices

Type: Web Sites   Category: Researchers

Suicide Hotlines by State

National Suicide Hotlines USA
United States of America
Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK
1-800-784-2433 1-800-273-8255

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

Hotline & Helpline Information
24-hour Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
1-800-273-8255 ( 1-800-273-TALK)

Links to additional helplines and hotlines

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

Focused on the college years, this site offers online support group and social media for youth diagnosed with mental illness.

YouTube video featuring Mark Williams, discussing the 8-week mindfulness treatment he has developed.

"MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage. "

Type: Video   Category: Adult Patients, Clinicians