Monday, April 22, 2024

Bipolar and Depression Support

Bipolar and depression are conditions that involve a great deal more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up now and then.  Most of the population have these things from time to time. Severe depression or bipolar sufferers usually have a feeling of deep sadness, hopelessness and in most cases lose interest in things that they used to enjoy.  Typical symptoms include continuous sadness, feeling helpless and hopeless and having a low self-esteem and can include having suicidal thoughts or self harming actions.

This area of ABLEize is designed to provide a comprehensive selection of sites and organisations offering depression support and self-help groups offering confidential help and advice as well as group meetings and therapies aimed at assisting those suffering from depression.

It is estimated that one in five people in the UK suffer from varying degrees of depression at sometime in their lives so you are certainly not alone and help is available.  Your first step is to reach out to receive help. The websites listed below are here to assist you and your family to overcome, understand or live with all forms of depression and bipolar.

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Setup to assist people living in Scotland suffering from bipolar disorder and offering training, information, help and advice in all areas of manic depression.

A national charity set up to assist anybody affected by bipolar, a.k.a. manic depression. Includes self-help group details and contact information with a list of useful websites.

A online discussion forum providing information, chat and companionship for anybody suffering from bipolar disorder. Includes UK and US telephone contact details for those in need of urgent support.

A comprehensive site offering free information packs along with help and advice sections, living with depression articles and details of treatments to overcome all forms of depression.

Providing therapy, shyness and social anxiety programmes and individual therapy sessions for anybody suffering with depression.

A national depression self-help organisation offering a range of support services, information about groups and where to get further help. Includes newsletters and links to discussion and chat forums.

Official NHS site highlighting the many benefits of depression support groups along with links to related websites and telephone contacts.

Guildford support group for mothers suffering from postnatal depression providing personal stories, self-help ideas and details of their regular meetings.

Provides 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental telephone help and support in all areas including depression.

A Welsh organisation that provide a helpline fact sheets, books and videos as well as details of self-help groups to assist anybody suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression).

Explains the physical effects of depression with details of anti depressant withdrawal, how to best treat depression along with FAQ and articles of interest.