Portals for Bipolar Disorder
Pendulum Resources. An excellent collection of resources.
All About Bipolar Disorder. A portal from the Mental Help Net with an excellent collection of online resources.
Psych Central: Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page. A personalized index for psychology, support, mental health issues, and resources.
About Guides to Bipolar Disorder. A comprehensive source for information about bipolar disorder for patients, professionals, and loved ones of people who have bipolar disorder.
Each Mind Matters from the California Mental Health Services Authority promotes a vision of mental wellness and equality and seeks to reduce stigma.
Internet Mental Health. An online encyclopedia of mental health, comprehensive and well organized.
Bipolar Network News. A free newsletter of six editions per year giving the latest news on bipolar disorder research and treatment.
Healthline has a very good learning center reveiwd by medical staff, as well as a current bipolar news section. Thanks Matty for suggesting this one.
Bipolar Significant Others. A site aimed at the families, friends and loved ones of those who suffer from bipolar disorder.
Network of Care includes a service directory, a library, a political advocacy tool, and community message boards. In particular, "My Folder" offers a WRAP training by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Fyreniyce. A wonderful discussion of the issues faced by bipolars with an Aussie no-nonsense directness. reviews the basics and links to online counselors, online discussion groups and related articles.
NoStigmas seeks to raise awareness and erase the stigma about mental illness through education, offering help and sharing inspiring stories.
Walk In Our Shoes—mental heath education for the 9-13 age group.
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation includes bipolar screening, information on new research and education for parents.
Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness by offering unbiased, free resources. They have specific resources for Mental Illness and Sleep Disorders.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation offers articles and online consultation.
Bipolar Survivor is an adjunct to the book, Dear World: A Suicide Letter. It seeks to educate, inform and combat stigma.
Clinical Depression Advisor offers news and information on depression and bipolar disorder.
Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families. An excellent and authoritative guide. The Patient-Family Guide is available in pdf format.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder. An excellent 30-page brochure from NAMI gives a detailed description of bipolar disorder, its symptoms, causes, treatments, and strategies for coping [pdf format]. (See NAMI's other guides too.)
An online booklet from the National Institute of Mental Health that answers many common questions about bipolar disorder. takes a comprehensive look at bipolar disorder, and contains information, tips and advice from experts.
The Merck Manual Home Edition's chapter on bipolar disorder gives a concise description of symptoms and treatment. offers a wonderful collection of brief articles to help those living with mood and anxiety disorders. Topics include treatments, every-day life skills, navigating the mental health system, and many more.
Bipolar Advantage offers "Bipolar IN Order," online education to help you take control of bipolar disorder. provides comprehensive information about addiction, treatment options and the path to full recovery. In particular, see the article on bipolar disorder and addiction. has a comprehensive set of articles on bipolar disorder.
Help for Depression provides a comprehensive and in-depth guide to the various approaches and treatments for depression.
Understanding and Spotting Signs of Depression gives a good summary of the early warning signs of depression.
Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders contains comprehensive medical articles on over 150 mental disorders and conditions.
An excellent series of online guides covering many aspects of mental health from MIND a mental health charity in the UK.
An online guide covering unipolar and bipolar depression from SANE a mental health charity in the UK.
The Bipolar Child. Additional material from the authors of the book including articles and an extensive booklist.
Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents. Additional material from the author of the book.
A Guide to Recovery, a helpful booklet that discusses bipolar disorder and its treatment, downloadable from OBAD, a Canadian self-help group.
Healthline has a very informative section on depression.
Everyday Health offers a varied and extensive collection of articles.
The Health Magazine offers a useful overview of bipolar disorder: causes, risks, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Bipolar Symptoms offers a helpful discussion of the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Recovery Inc. is a UK-based online guide with articles focussed on recovery for the major mental health diagnoses. has a number of articles on coping with mental illness including this one on: Signs and Symptoms df Depression.
5 Signs of Common Mental Health Conditions gives five signs for each of: depression, anxiety obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Bipolar and Addiction gives an overview of bipolar disorder with a focus on substance abuse as a co-ocurring disorder.
Understanding a Veteran with PTSD a brief introduction to living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for retired servicemen and women.
Video - Dark Glasses & Kaleidoscopes. An excellent introductory video to Manic Depression from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. (requires Real Video player).
Dr. Xavier Amador, author of "I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help," discusses the 40% of those with mental illness that lack insight regarding their illness and what we can do to help.
Peer-to-Peer Outreach Video An introduction to NAMI's excellent recovery education course free for anyone with a serious mental illness.
Caring for a child with mental health issues, is an excellent ten minute video from the BBC on what it is like to be a caregiver for a child with mental illness.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill offers a local support group locator.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (was the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association) maintains a list of local support groups.
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization working to eliminate barriers to timely treatment of severe mental illness.
Mental Health America gives a list of local support groups and much useful information.
bipolarUK—UK national support group for bipolar disorder.
Support pages at Pendulum Resources gives links to support groups, mail lists, and online help.
The Balanced Mind Parent Network guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.
Dual Recovery Anonymous is a twelve step, self-help fellowship organization for people who are both chemically dependent and also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness.
AlcoRehab is a group of professionals who are passionate about helping those struggling with alcoholism. They have a section on Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use.
AddictionResource provides a community for those recovering from addiction and helps patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. They have a section on Addiction and Mood Disorder.
Pacifica offers a free app and website tool that incorporates principles and practices from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and mood charting together with a peer support community.
Free online/Windows/Mac/iPhone mood chart app borne out of the author's efforts in coming to grips with bipolar disorder. They are working on a version for clinicians to help them collaborate closely with their clients who use the mood charrting app.
Life Charting for Patients mood charting tools offered by Bipolar Network News.
Free online mood chart tool developed by a young man diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Medications for Mental Health—an excellent summary of medications in use by the Santa Clara County Mental Health Dept.
Detailed discussion of medications used in mental health.
Extensive consumer information and an excellent drug interaction checker.
Prescription Drug Encyclopedia, Drug3k, is a thorough database of prescription drug information, side effects and interactions.
National Library of Medicine guide to prescription and over-the-counter medications.
RSCPP helps UK residents find access to counselling and psychotherapy.
McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web. A large collection of articles, categorized links and a weekly newsletter.
Suzy Johnston has writen about her personal story of recovery in her book "The Naked Bird Watcher." She has also written about her bipolar journey in the British Medical Journal. "She inspires people to continue living their lives while learning to manage a mental illness."
Beth Schaefer is the author of "Writing Through the Darkness" in which she draws on ten years of experience teaching those with mood disorders to ease depression through creative writing. Her blog offers many short writing exercises.
Julie Fast is co-author of "Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder." Her site offers advice, a web log, a newsletter, and an extensive "frequetly asked questions" section. Sarah's well-maintained personal site with lots of information: a blog, Q&A, a chat room, bipolar movie reviews and more.
Manic Moments: A Bipolar's World. Stories, personal journal and support forums.
Music Therapy: The Power of Music. Examines the power of using popular music in therapy. Includes examples of therapeutic messages in popular music as well as original music.
NAMI Communities—Bipolar Disorder: An active dicussion group on living with bipolar disorder.
Strength of Us is an online community supported by NAMI where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support.
Psych Forums offers a large number of active forums on specific aspects of mental illness.
7 Cups connects you to a trained active listener who is online and available to chat. Online therapy and community support are also available.
Walkers in Darkness contains a number of fairly active discussion boards.
Mixed Nuts. A new portal with chat and message boards.
A Silver Lining. A portal with chat and message boards staffed by peer counselors.
Harbor of Refuge a discussion board for peer-to-peer support.
Bipolar World. Active discussion boards and much self-help info and articles.
Wing of Madness. A discussion board for family and friends of people with mental illness.
Bipolar Disorder Today. Articles, personal stories and volunteer email support.
The Winds of Change. A discussion board for those with bipolar disorder and those who love them. includes an active bipolar discussion group.
Creativity and Mood Disorders
"Manic-Depressive Illness and Creativity" by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Kay Redfield Jamison's list of famous people with bipolar disorder from the appendix of her book, "Touched With Fire" (extended to include famous living bipolars).
"Bipolar and creativity—is there a link?" award-winning journalist Stacie Zoe Berg exaimes the evidence for a link in an article published in BP Magazine.
"Why a touch of madness boosts creativity" a review of Dr. Anthony Storr's presentation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
A brief summary of creativity studies.
BP Magazine, a quarterly healthy living magazine for those with bipolar disorder, contains in-depth features on personalities, articles on cutting-edge issues, and down-to-earth coping suggestions.
Teaching Wellness, a review of recent research on the benefits of teaching illness self-management for bipolar disorder.
The Infinite Mind an archive of weekly radio programs focusing on the human mind, spirit, and mental health. (Sadly the podcasts are not longer free.)
If you are thinking of suicide, read this first.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (in the USA) and your call will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (in the USA) and your call will be answered by the nearest crisis center.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers a lot of support, resources and information regarding suicide, its prevention and aid for those affected. has an excellent article on what to do if you feel suicidal. offers information on recognizing the signs of suicide, knowing what to say to someone in crisis and finding help.
Rutgers has a very good counseling guide for suicide prevention as part of their masters in social work program.
White Sands has a good series of articles on suicide prevention and recognizing the warning signs.—mental health education for the 14-24 age group.
Befrienders International information and directories of helplines worldwide. has a detailed article on suicide prevention including warning signs and how to help.