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Bipolar Non-Profits

There are many non-profit organisations dedicated to Bipolar disorder. Here we list the best of them. If yours is not on our list, please let us know. We always like to hear from Bipolar non-profits, and we have a great donation scheme operating with all our services. If your country does not have one and you wish to make a start please let us know and we may be able to help. We have founded and supported Greece's first and premier NGO, EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation.

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1   Link   International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.

We are made up of a founding Executive Board, a Scientific Advisory Board, Honorary Board and Consumer Advisory Board. Reporting to the Executive Board are 4 committees who address the pieces of our mission.
2   Link   Bipolar Scotland
Manic Depression Fellowship (Scotland) was formed in 1992 and became a company limited by guarantee in 1996. In 2004, the Fellowship’s name was changed to Bipolar Fellowship Scotland. In 2010 it was agreed that the organisation should be re-named Bipolar Scotland.

Bipolar Scotland is a membership-based voluntary sector organisation. It is administered by a Board of Directors. The majority of directors either have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or care for someone with the diagnosis. Bipolar Scotland employ a team of staff who are responsible for carrying out its work.

The aims of Bipolar Scotland are to provide information, support and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder, their carers and others with an interest in its work.

Bipolar scotland’s work covers the following areas:

Support for a network of self-help groups throughout Scotland.

Promoting and running Self-Management Training courses.

Providing information on bipolar disorder (through the website, books information booklets, leaflets and a quarterly newsletter).

Providing training and talks to various organisations/groups.

Representation and in-put to national and local committees/forums.

Providing in-put to research projects.

Contributing to both statutory and independent sector reports on mental health services.
3   Link   Bipolar UK
MDF The Bipolar Organisation (now Bipolar UK) is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers.

We work to enable people affected by bipolar (also known as manic depression) to take control of their lives.

We work by:

Supporting and developing self-help opportunities for people affected by bipolar

Expanding and developing the information services about bipolar

Influencing the improvement of treatments and services to promote recovery

Advocating against discrimination and promoting the social inclusion and rights of people affected by bipolar

Being an independent charitable organisation with sufficient resources to sustain and develop our services to meet the needs of individuals affected by bipolar today and tomorrow.
4   Link   EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation
Greece's Premier NGO for Bipolar Disorder and Depression.

EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation provides education, support, and advocacy services for the Greek bipolar community. It was founded in 2008 in the memory of George Malliaris.

The organisation supports the development of patient led self-help groups, promotes research and works to provide through private partners the most effective treatment services to patients with Bipolar disorder and Depression.
5   Link   Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
About the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want to receive them.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments, and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985.

DBSA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that answers more than 3,000 calls per month on our toll-free information and referral line and receives over 21 million hits per year on our combined websites. Each month, we distribute nearly 20,000 educational materials free of charge to anyone requesting information about mood disorders. DBSA reaches nearly five million people through our educational materials and programs, exhibit materials, and media activities.

DBSA’s prestigious Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders. SAB members review DBSA publications and programs for medical and scientific accuracy. In addition, SAB members present at DBSA conferences, author peer-reviewed manuscripts on behalf of the organization, and represent DBSA to the media.

DBSA has a grassroots network of nearly 1,000 patient-run support groups across the country. Our peer-led chapters and support groups serve about 70,000 people every year. Support groups play an important role in recovery with 86 percent of support group members reporting that their group helped with treatment adherence. This is a key finding because treatment adherence means fewer hospital stays, which in turn means lower insurance costs, greater employee productivity, and significantly increased quality of life. DBSA has 17 state organizations and more than 400 chapters across America.

DBSA publishes more than two dozen educational materials about living with mood disorders, all available free of charge. Its educational materials are free of medical and scientific jargon and convey a message of hope and optimism. All materials are reviewed by patients to ensure the contents are targeted for patients and their families.

DBSA helps when people need it most: before diagnosed, when first diagnosed, and when treatment isn’t working.

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