Mentoring for families members of those living with a bipolar diagnosis. We need to be understood. And sometimes you need help too.
Hope for Bipolar Loved Ones Mentoring Program
Many who have reached out to Hope Xchange do so on behalf of someone they love who has been diagnosed as bipolar and who are struggling to come to grips with it. We get that not all live in communities with family support groups that may be of benefit and that not everyone is comfortable in a support group setting or have transportation to attend one.
Our new program is in response to this realization and because, in our Hope for Bipolar mentoring program, we often hear that mentee family members are also struggling. We hope to change this.
We provide free and confidential one-on-one support to those who want to help their bipolar children, teen or adult loved one but find themselves in need of guidance on how to best help and really be there for someone who is struggling to hold onto hope. Our mentors are "balanced" bipolars and can share with you what it's really like to live with a bipolar diagnosis and offer advice on how you can help those you love who are struggling to cope with their diagnosis and/or suicidal ideations.
What is a Mentoring Program and What Can You Expect?
Mentorship is about building an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue and challenge. To the extent we can, we match a mentor with you based on a mentor's preferences and strengths and your specific needs and situation. Communication modes are determined by you and can start with text or email and then, when you're ready, can move to phone, Skype, private messages and so forth. Whatever works for you, works for us.
Our goal is to bring back light, laughter and love into your life, something we all deserve, and to help you understand what it's really like to live with a bipolar diagnosis. If you know someone who is bipolar and you want to help but don't know how, reach out to us. We are here to listen. We are here to help.
We also offer a free and confidential Hope for Bipolars mentoring program for those who are struggling and don't have the support they need, as we've found talking to someone who has walked in your shoes can be extremely valuable. If you feel your loved one may benefit from having a bipolar mentor, please share the Hope for Program link or discuss with your mentor.
Mentoring is Not a Subsitute for Therapy
Our mentoring program is not a substitute for therapy nor are our mentors necessarily therapists, clinicians, social workers or any other kind of health care professional. As such, our mentors cannot offer specific medical or therapeutic advice, offer immediate assistance in an urgent crisis or connect you to specific treatment and/or social services. With that said, we always do the best we can do be there for you and can also pair you with a mental health advocate.
Do You Need a Mentor? Please Complete Form Below.
Do you know someone who needs help right now? Please help them. If not you, who?
If you know someone who needs help, please help them. At the very least, please pass along the phone numbers below. Better yet, please sit with them. Hold their hand while they call. Most people who commit suicide tell someone they are suicidal yet no one listened or took them seriously. You do not want to live with that guilt. Ask yourself, if not me, who? Just do something ... anything. The smallest act of kindness could save a life. With gratitude and blessings.
US National Suicide Prevention Hotline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-TALK
US LGBTQ Youth (Trevor Project): 1-866-488-7386
US Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
Samaritans of New York City: 1-212-673-3000
Canada: 1-800-SUICIDE OR help lines and centers by province OR 911
Australia: 13-11-14 (general lifeline) or 1-800-55-1800 (help line for ages 5-25 yrs)
Special Request to those with Bipolar Loved Ones: Please Watch this "Up/Down" Documentary to Understand What It's Really Like
We would like to share the documentary, "Up/Down" Bipolar Disorder to help everyone better understand bipolar disorder, the history of the disorder, and the challenges bipolar individuals encounter each and every day. The documentary includes some very moving interviews with special individuals living with bipolar disorder that are both uplifting and inspiring.
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