Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
National site. Free literature available. Toll free phone number for information about mood disorders. Bookstore with discounts for donors. The alliance has created an online community, FacingUs.org, that provides a safe haven for those living with mood disorders and offers inspiration and encouragement to anyone seeking personal wellness.
New Jersey MentalHealthCares is New Jersey’s mental health information and referral service. Their staff of mental health professionals use their experience and understanding of the mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need. Call 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse lists over 6,750 support groups in their database. There are support groups for mental health, and also groups for other conditions, disabilities and situations. To find a support group in your area that meets your needs, call them at 1-800-367-6274 (outside NJ: 1-973-571-4100). The Clearinghouse will assist anyone wanting to start a group.
Social Security and Disability Resource Center
The center is a Social Security and Disability resource website that helps individuals and their families understand their rights, what they are entitled to, and how to qualify for benefits. The site is based on the author’s own work experience as a former disability-medicaid caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the social security administration. Pages of interest to persons with mood disorders include qualifying if you have depression or bipolar disorder. The author also presents capsule descriptions of depression and bipolar disorder.
Vitals—where doctors are examined
Information on and ratings of doctors. Tools to help find and select a doctor.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. The AFSP funds suicide prevention research, programs for survivors of suicide loss and educational programs largely through their Out of the Darkness Community Walks. Their local chapter, AFSP-New Jersey, runs suicide survivor support groups, holds annual survivor conferences, and educational conferences for mental health professionals, clergy, police, funeral directors and the media. On November 6, 2008, the AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, which has a complementary mission, announced that the two organizations will merge.
SAVE stands for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Look here for suicide prevention information and statistics on suicide in the US.
Mental Health Watch
Information about evaluating health and medical information web sites.
This is a service of the National Library of Medicine.
Latest medical news and information for patients or friends and parents of patients diagnosed with depression.
The site for brain information.
A listing of links to sites for information on dealing with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse.
Mood Disorders Support Group of New York
Founded in 1981, the MDSG of New York maintains a comprehensive web site, with information about their lectures, support group meeting schedule, news articles and links to other sites.
“The Bipolar Disorders Portal”