guidelines are in place in order to ensure that everyone enjoys a
positive experience as members of the BipolarParents email support
group. Please read them thoroughly, and keep them as a reference.
These guidelines are revised continually, so if there is something you
object to or something you would like to see included in the guidelines,
please let us know.
These are always available at http://www.kkorner.net/bipolarparents
and are sent to the list monthly. Note: The BipolarParents site has not
been updated in a long time. If someone has the inclination and the
expertise, they are welcome to work on it. Contact email@example.com.
The BipolarParents Moderating Team
List owner and moderators:
URL to main YahooGroups page:
URL to Bipolar Parents:
is the main list for all.
is for parents with pre-school and school-aged children with
is for parents of pre-teen and teenage children with NBDs.
is for parents of college age and adult children with bipolar.
is for significant others (SOs) of people with bipolar.
quick note on the term Neurobiological Disorder (NBD): This is the term
that many groups, including NAMI, are
pushing for instead of the much stigmatized Mental Illness.
Parents Email Support Group
A positive attitude is the most important requirement of this group. We
are here to find positive approaches to meeting the challenges our
children and we face. Sure, everyone has bad days now and again, and we
want you to share the good along with the bad; however, this is not the
place for constant complaining and venting. Please refrain from use of
The BipolarParents list is private, and we do all that we can to foster
an environment of safety and mutual confidence. Archives of this list
are only available to members for this reason. Please respect the trust
placed in you and NEVER pass on email from the list without explicit
permission from the author. If this trust is abused, through abuse of
the archives, or passing on e-mail, violators will be removed from all
lists and banned and the archives will be turned off.
Chain letters, jokes, stories, poems, virus warnings (real or not), and
"fluff" are NOT welcome on the BipolarParents list. There is a
realization that we all need some levity in our lives, but there are
other lists for that. Repeat offenders will be removed after the third
warning. Exception is stories, poems, jokes, etc DIRECTLY related to the
You are welcome to pass along relevant information to the list, but
please cut and paste the text, rather than forwarding the entire email.
This reduces bandwidth and makes for cleaner copy, especially for those
folks receiving the digest version of the list. Also, remember to cite
your sources! Attachments are stripped from the posts to prevent
viruses; so all information must be cut and pasted into the e-mail. A
post forwarded as an attachment (such as AOL does automatically) will
not come through. There is space in the files section of the YahooGroups
site to post documents that may help members: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BipolarParents/files/.
Website recommendations are welcome! Please include a line or two
describing the site and why you like it, along with the URL. Please send
it to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you feel it is something that should be a resource on the web site.
Also available is a links page at Yahoo groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BipolarParents/links.
Signature lines are not required here, but you may include any
information you like down there. We do request that you sign all posts
with a name though.
As Bipolar Parents, it is often the case that faith is the only thing
that gets us through and political activism is the only way to get
things done. Therefore, I do not really think it is possible to separate
religion and politics from the bipolar parenting experience. To date, we
have never had any problems resulting from mention of religion and
politics. As people who celebrate diversity in our daily lives, I doubt
we ever will. However, please keep in mind that we are a diverse group
consisting of many different faiths, political views, and even sexual
If you have any problems with the list or with another member, please do
not hesitate to write us! That is why the moderators are here. If the
problem is of a technical nature, we can usually help; if the problem is
with another list member, allowing us to mediate avoids hard feelings
all around. We are always available at BipolarParentsemail@example.com.
If there is a conflict with one of the volunteer moderators, the list
owner can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback is always welcome, whether positive or negative. We are always
looking for new ways to improve the list, and your input is a valuable
resource. Please send your feedback privately BipolarParentsemail@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org, rather than
sending it to the entire list.
New Members will be announced and welcomed to the group.
From time to time, temporary visitors will be welcomed for evaluating
our list. Most often, these visitors are members of the online bipolar
community who are considering recommending our group to others. Visitors
are always announced. To foster a level of comfort on the list,
professionals who do not meet the base requirements for joining a
specific list are not allowed on the lists. The feeling is that you will
be able to share at a more personal level if you do not feel someone is
monitoring your every word.
The various groups have grown too fast to keep the subscriber list
going. Instead of the mandatory list the YahooGroups member profiles are
now open for viewing by members at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BipolarParents/members.
Please remember anything listed in your profile is available for viewing
by members of any other groups you may be a member of. In addition,
there will be a voluntary subscriber list kept for all groups. This is
still in the process of being setup. It will be announced to the group
when ready, as well as instructions for being listed. This list will be
protected behind a password that will only be available in the welcome
letter when you join or from a moderator.
Periodically, a list
of the various groups available, the ways to subscribe, unsubscribe and
modify your subscription and any list news will be sent to individual
members, whether they are on no-mail or not. This will not be frequent,
and is a requirement of belonging. This helps keep track of who is still
active and gives people a way to unsubscribe easily.
Thank you for
reading the Guidelines!