5. Julie Fast (coaching service + book) and her book ‘Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder’. Julie is a woman who has bipolar disorder herself and is an expert in helping families and partners of those with bipolar disorder. Her books are extremely popular and well respected.
6. Bipolar Caregivers Although specifically for those who have a loved one with bipolar disorder, the strategies and tips offered are very helpful for anyone supporting a person with mental illness.
7. My blog post ‘4 Steps to Help Someone When They Don’t Want It’ (you may have already ready it) offers concrete suggestions, resources and links to two other posts about helping your adult child.
8. 7 Cups of Tea is a way to speak to someone on-line for support. Free, anonymous and confidential.
9. Mental Health America Click their ‘Find Help’ icon on their menu bar and look at the dropdown box. They have links to pages with excellent strategies and tools if you’re looking for help for yourself or for someone else.
10. Dr. Lloyd Sederer’s TEDxAlbany talk ‘When Mental Illness Enters the Family’ This TedX talk offers excellent tips for parents, loved ones and others when supporting someone who is struggling with mental health issues but isn’t able to see they need help.
In addition to his talk, he has a widely praised book “The Family Guide to Mental Health Care: Advice on Helping Your Loved Ones”.
11. International Bipolar Foundation Excellent website with information that can apply to conditions beyond bipolar disorder. Their archived video section is particularly good. This page has their resources for those who have a loved one with bipolar disorder.
12. BD Wellness Centre Full disclosure: I’m part of the research team that helped create this. This website has great evidence based resources and tools for those living with bipolar disorder.
Especially good is a free tool that assesses quality of life that can be used as a discussion piece with healthcare providers or team and help guide next steps in treatment and wellness plans.
13. Sarri Gilman’s excellent TEDx video and book about setting boundaries is very helpful. Her website is and her book Transforming Your Boundaries are both excellent guides.
14. bpHope website and bp magazine. Excellent articles, on-line community that provides practical tips, tools and hope. Though focused on bipolar disorder, again check it out as some info can apply to others conditions.
15. Mental Health First Aid Effective programs that teach how to respond when someone is in a mental health crisis or developing a mental health issue. Courses are available across the country. Check out the site for the USA and Australia
16. Not Myself Today A well respected fee-based program for employers to help create mentally healthy workplaces. It’s an evidence-informed, practical solution focused on building understand, reducing stigma and fostering supportive work cultures.
17. Mind has a free download about how to support staff who are experiencing a mental health problem. Visit Mind to find other good resources.
18. Mental Health Commission of Canada The commission develops and disseminates Canadian mental health programs and resources. Of particular interest may be their webinars that range from recovery topics to workplace issues. Even if you are based in a country other than Canada, much of the information will still be applicable.
19. Please remember if you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis your first step is to call 911, visit your nearest emergency department or contact your local crisis centre. You can find a list of numbers here.