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The online bipolar community is growing by leaps and bounds, both in quality and quantity. Because we cannot possibly list all the excellent sites out there, we have chosen to list only the largest sites, and those sites which we feel best pertain to bipolar parenting. If you are looking for a particular site which is not listed here, try our BP from A-Z list! If you are looking for good information on parenting special needs or on mental health, check out our book recommendations page.  All books were suggested by members of the mailing lists.
*Descriptions marked with a Mailing List Available have a mailing list available.


National Organizations
For Parents of Bipolar Children
Informational Bipolar Sites
For Family Members
Mental Health Law

National Organizations:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Politically powerful grass roots organization for families affected by mental illness.
Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Toll Free Help Line: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Front Desk: (703)524-7600
Facsimile: (703)524-9094
TDD: (703)516-7227

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National Depressive Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA)
Consumer organization with chapters nationwide.
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, Illinois 60610-3526
Toll Free: (800) 826-3632
Fax: (312) 642-7243
Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation is a national, parent-led, not-for-profit organization incorporated on June l6, 1999.
ll87 Wilmette Avenue, P.M.B. #33l
Wilmette, IL 6009l
Main: (847) 256-8525
Fax: (847) 920-9310

For Parents of Bipolar Children:

Bipolar.About.Com's Children and Adolescents page
Excellent articles linked. Home page features bipolar parenting chats and message boards.
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Bipolar Children and Teens
Links and personal stories galore! Geared toward AOL users.
Mailing List Available

One of the best. Email group is large. Great for parent activists!
Mailing List Available

Depression in Children and Adolescents
An information extravaganza! Part of Dr. Ivan's Depression Central.

Forgotten Kids
Kids with invisible disabilities. Check out their School page!

Harbor of Refuge: Bipolar Disorder
Features hosted chats for parents of bipolar children.

Informational Bipolar Sites:
This site has it all! Links, articles, and chats.
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Bipolar Disorder -
New articles all the time, excellent links

Bipolar World
Excellent site featuring psychiatric medication and weight control pages and a suicide memory wall.
Mailing List Available

Joy Ikelman's Info on Bipolar Disorder
Includes information on the Affective Spectrum and features Joy's list of Famous Living Bipolars!

Mental Health Source: Bipolar
Huge site, huge mailing list, lots of information.
Mailing List Available
Home of the Bipolar Disorder Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file. Great links!

Pendulum Resources
Well maintained site. Always a good starting point!
Mailing List Available

For Family Members:

Bipolar Significant Others (BPSO)
Information, articles, support resources. Information on childhood onset bipolar. Features large email group for loved ones only.
Mailing List Available

Tips on Coping, Emphasis on the positive aspects of the relationship. Mailing List for Significant Others.
Mailing List Available

Intimacy & Depression: The Silent Epidemic
A must visit site for anyone whose personal relationship is affected by depression

National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children who have Mentally Ill Parents (NNAAMI)
Australian site, international relevance. Free educational materials available.

Mental Health Law:

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability
1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20005-5002
Fax: 202-223-0409
TDD: 202-467-4232


Internet Mental Health
More than meds! One of Suite101's top five bipolar sites.

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