This can help with:
- Finding online support services for bipolar disorder
- Finding more info on bipolar disorder
- Finding self-help strategies to manage bipolar disorder
Why support services help
You don’t have to deal with bipolar disorder on your own. The great news is that bipolar disorder is able to be treated, but the quicker you seek professional help, the easier managing bipolar disorder will be. Bipolar is a condition which mostly needs long term management and treatment under the advice of doctors or other mental health professionals. If you think you may have bipolar disorder, or you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you can turn to the following groups and organisations for help and support.
Find a GP
If you think you might have bipolar symptoms, it is really important that you visit your local GP – they’ll work with you to work out what’s going on and will be able to refer you to other help if necessary.
Head to Beyond Blue’s directory of Mental Health Practitioners
to search for a GP in your area.
Online information about bipolar
- The Black Dog Institute - specialises in depression and bipolar disorder. They have online information about bipolar disorder, including self-tests and suggested actions that you can take.
- SANE Australia - a national mental health organisation that provides information and resources for bipolar disorder.
- Health Insite - a government health information service that provides a general overview of bipolar disorder and info on how to live with bipolar disorder.
Online support groups
- www.harbor-of-refuge.org - an online bipolar community, with a fully moderated chat room. It has information on safety guidelines for those managing their own bipolar or significant others with bi-polar, as well as self-care strategies.
- www.moodswing.net - information on helping yourself and a loved one, questionnaires, definitions and resources, as well as chat rooms and a discussion board
Self help strategies online
If you need to talk to someone urgently
- eheadspace.org.au - headspace's online chat counselling service. Available 7 days a week, 1pm-1am AEST
- kidshelp.com.au - Kids Helpline’s web-based and email counselling service. Available 24/7 for young people up to 25yrs
- lifeline.org.au - Lifeline’s online chat counselling service. Available 7:30-10:30pm AEST Monday-Thursday.
- Lifeline phone service – If you want to speak to someone on the phone, someone is available to answer your call 24/7 on 13 11 14.