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. 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.
17. If there’s a crisis please remember your first step is to call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department. Or contact your local crisis centre. You can find a list of numbers here: http://www.bdwellness.com/help/crisis
18. Bernadette Logue’s video ‘How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help’ This video has tips about how to approach someone. It won’t give a magic answer but it does offer an interesting perspective that might ease some stress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh-oq-yPNnk
19. Talkspace It’s an on-line / text based therapy service that’s fairly reasonable. We’ve heard some good things about it. But texting and the on line method needs to feel comfortable. www.talkspace.com
20. Doctor on Demand is a more traditionally priced service with video based therapy and consultations. You must be a resident of the US to use this service. https://www.doctorondemand.com/