I received an interesting email about some folks down under (i.e. in Australia) who are working together to develop an online self-help program for people with bipolar disorder.
The program is MoodSwings, and the creators of MoodSwings (a hefty group of psychiatrists and psychologists with experience in both bipolar disorder and online programs) are currently seeking “adults with bipolar to take part in the program but only have a window until October to find willing participants.”
From the email:
[MoodSwings] is based on an effective face-to-face group program. The program is all online which allows people to work through the program in their own time and at their own pace.
There is also a moderated bipolar support chat room where people can discuss issues raised in the program – or other issues around living with bipolar disorder in a small group forum with others who understand. There are a number of modules that make up MoodSwings, including bipolar diagnosis, impact of stress and triggers, bipolar medications, depression, mania and hypomania. Each module contains information as well as tips and strategies and is designed to give those involved with the program a greater understanding of the disorder, as well as having some additional skills.
The program is open to people all over the world; you simply have to be at least 18 years old and have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
So, if you fit the bill and want to learn more, check out About MoodSwings for more information, the information statement, and a copy of the registration form.