Expand your learning and understanding of bipolar disorder with these resources:
The Balanced Mind Foundation
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
National Institute of Mental Health
First Episode of Psychosis
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
StrengthofUs.org is an online social community for teens and young adults living with mental illness. The site offers a place where they can connect while learning about services, supports and handling the unique challenges and opportunities of transition age years.
NAMI FaithNet is a network created for members and friends of NAMI in the faith community. It is not a religious group but rather an outreach to all religious organizations.
The NAMI Information HelpLine receives more than 8,000 requests each month from individuals needing support, referral and information. More than 60 fact sheets on a variety of topics are available along with referrals to NAMI's network of local affiliates in communities across the country -- 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
NAMI Hearts & Minds is an online, interactive wellness educational initiative intended to promote quality of life and recovery for individuals who live with mental illness. Focuses include exercise, nutrition and smoking cessation.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-week education course on the topic of recovery for any person living with a serious mental illness. Led by mentors who themselves have achieved recovery, the course provides participants comprehensive information and teaches strategies for personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills and self-care.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. An evidence based practice taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives living with mental illness, the course provides caregivers with communication and problem-solving techniques, coping mechanisms and the self-care skills needed to deal with their loved ones and the impact on the family. Also available in Spanish.
NAMI In Our Own Voice is a public education presentation. It enriches the audiences' understanding of how the more than 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives. Presented by two trained speakers who themselves live with mental illness, the presentation includes a brief video and personal testimonials, last 60-90 minutes and is offered free of charge.
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults living with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. NAMI Connection offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. The groups are led by trained individuals who are in recovery-people who understand the challenges others living with mental illness face.
NAMI Basics is a free, educational program for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course is presented in six different classes, provides learning and practical insights for families and is taught by trained parents and caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children.
Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship (2011) by Shari Y. Manning, Ph.D.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know (2010) by David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D.
Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me (2011) by Sylvia Harris
Mind on the Run: A Bipolar Chronicle (2011) by Dottie Pacharis
Climates of the Mind: A Bipolar Memory Including the Therapy Journals (2010) by Jerry Jewler
Where are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder (2010) by Karen Winters Schwartz
Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (2005) by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.
I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment, 10th Anniversary ed. (2010) by Xavier Amador with Anna-Lica Johanson
Radiant Daughter (2010) by Patricia Grossman
Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask (2010) by Hillary Smith
Falling Into the Sun (2009) by Charrie Hazard/p>
Living with Someone Who’s Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends and Co-workers (2010) by Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D
Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion; Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength (2010) The Healing Project
When Someone You Love is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner (2009) by Cynthia G. Last, Ph.D
Regular and Decaf (2008) by by Andrew D. Gatke