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Links and resources

» Information

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Comprehensive page that links out to many resources, including facts for families, major symptoms, and practice parameters.

National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)

A very extensive look at youth bipolar disorder, including co-morbidities, signs to watch for, and how to help. Parents will find this resource especially helpful.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Here you will find detailed information regarding the symptoms and treatments for youth bipolar disorder.

Oxford University Press

A list of helpful strategies for parents of children with bipolar disorder. This is an excerpt from the book Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families.

Children's Mental Health Ontario

This page provides information about mood problems in many different languages, including Chinese, French, Italian, and Punjabi.

American Psychiatric Association

Choose among different topics in mental health and groups of people to learn about.

Covenant House

An easy-to-read Canadian infographic for youth mental health created by the York Region of Ontario.

Canadian Mental Health Association

A point-form list of the causes, costs, and impact of mental illness in Canada.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Scroll down about a quarter of the page to find very comprehensive statistics for mental health of Canadian youth (includes graphs). You will also find detailed information in the mood disorders section.

» Support & Consumer/Patient Advocacy

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Find support groups in major cities/areas (e.g. Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo). This site also contains information about support programs for families, online peer support, and telephone support.

The Balanced Mind Foundation

The BMF provides many resources for both teens with mood disorders and their families. For families (under the "Connect" tab), resources include forums, blogs, and online support groups. Teens and young adults can find videos, podcasts, and more under the "FlipSwitch" tab.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

While this site contains an abundance of information on depression and bipolar disorder, especially helpful are their resources are under the "Help Others" tab, where families can learn how to help in a crisis and support a child with a mood disorder.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Resources on this page focus on consumer support for a wide variety of mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, and how families can help their loved ones who have a mental illness.