Bipolar Treatment with Peer Support

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3 Strategies to Combat Depression’s Loneliness & Isolation

Julie A. Fast
May 11, 2018

Depression heightens loneliness, which only leads to isolation. Regardless, try to do something social—it might make you feel a little better! By Julie Fast   Are you lonely? I often am. One thing I’ve learned about loneliness is that it’s easy to get confused about “bipolar” loneliness versus “real-life” loneliness. Whenever I find myself starting...

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Friends & Family: How You Can Support A Loved One With Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
March 22, 2017

Many times family members of those with bipolar do not fully understand what their loved one is going through. Education can be an invaluable tool.   I’m going to be speaking with you about bipolar disorder and family. In particular, how family members can support their loved that has bipolar disorder. First of all, one...

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Sheila Hamilton Opens up About the Importance of Suicide Prevention

Sheila Hamilton
February 14, 2017

Sheila Hamilton was recently awarded the Judy Cushing Life award for her efforts in preventing suicide. Here are her comments to supporters of Lines for Life, the Northwest’s 24-hour Suicide hotline. Seven years ago, in this room, on a night much like tonight,  I was still struggling with how to make sense of the loss...

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The ECHO Effect: 12 Ways Telemedicine Can Improve Mental Health Care

Jay Boll, LMSW
January 17, 2017

Last month at a family support group, I met the father of a young woman with bipolar disorder who was about to move back home. He and his wife were concerned about the move, understandably torn between the impulse to take care of a daughter with a serious health condition and the desire to see...

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A Spiritual Path to Health and Helping

Karl Shallowhorn
December 22, 2016

Finding and staying on the road to recovery is not easy. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help—from peers, doctors, and God. By Karl Shallowhorn   Thirty-five years later, I still remember staring out the window at the lit-up signs above the opening to the parking ramp across from the mental health unit where I...

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3 Things I Have Learnt Since Not Seeing A Psychologist

Sarah-Kathleen
December 15, 2016

Around three months ago my psychologist of two years stopped practice. It was a shock and something I had not anticipated. It might not be a surprise to some of you that I have chosen not to see anyone since. I was extremely close with my psychologist, she helped me get through the peak of...

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Families, the Holidays & Mental Illness: A Place at the Table for Everyone

Jay Boll, LMSW
November 22, 2016

  Holiday meals with my family usually include an empty setting at the table. That place is not there to honor someone who has passed away or a member of the military who is stationed overseas and couldn’t make it home for the holidays. It is reserved for a family member, my brother, who comes...

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Bipolar Strong: Free Recovery Programs beyond the Twelve Steps.

Allison Strong
November 11, 2016

If One Group Doesn’t Fit, There are Plenty of Others To Slip Into.   After thirty years of faithful attendance at 12-Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous), and two other ‘Anonymouses,’ I split. I objected to the self-sickness of “I’m Allison and I’m a ‘recovering’ ____. like I’d never get well. After reading...

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Group psychoeducation offers ‘early intervention’ for bipolar patients

bp Magazine
October 19, 2016

Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer support.   September 26, 2016, NOTTINGHAM, England—Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary...

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Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care

bp Magazine
August 17, 2016

A fundamental shift in the culture of mental health care delivery is critical. Now is the time to act. NAMI calls on providers, payers and health systems to take the following steps to promote a culture of engagement Adopt 12 principles for advancing a culture of engagement: Make successful engagement a priority at every level...

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