If you are in crisis, call Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255. More resources: Crisis Resources.

Boulder DBSA Resources

Boulder: Sundays, 6-7:30PM / Northstar: Mondays, 7PM / Broomfield: Thursdays, 6:30-8PM

Organizations

Colorado Crisis Services(CCS)   Colorado's state wide mental health crisis services.  There are crisis call lines to reach a peer just to talk with, or if in immediate crisis a masters level clinician to work with.  There are also walk in crisis centers.  CCS IS SEPARATE FROM MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS BELOW.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) national web site.
Genomind DNA tests provide information about medication classes that will and won't work for you based on your DNA.
Mayo clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders in your community.
Mental Health Partners (MHP) is Boulder and Broomfield counties' mental-health services. MHP IS SEPARATE FROM COLORADO CRISIS CENTER ABOVE.  Mental Health Partners has a 24/7/365 Walk-In Center at 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder, for immediate assistance with a mental health crisis. Individuals using the crisis center do not need to be area residents or clients--anyone may use this center. Mental Health Partners also has outpatient offices for infants, children, adolescents, adults and families. Many programs and services are available, including school-based programs, substance abuse treatment, rape crisis counseling, advocacy and education. Mental Health Partners offers bilingual/bicultural services and an in-house pharmacy.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  of Colorado This group offers comprehensive support and resources for all mental illnesses including training, support groups, and materials.
NAMI for young adults in Jefferson County.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.  This is a go to site for accurate information.
Open Path Collective Non-profit offering a network of lower cost therapy providers including for those with out insurance.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)  Other companies may offer to connect consumers to these same assistance programs for a fee — some of which may use our name without our permission. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance will help you find the program that’s right for you, free of charge. We will never ask for payment information.
Robert D. Sutherland Foundation for bipolar disorder.  As of May 2020 it has suspended many services. Based on the CU campus, offering amazing education, counseling services, and at times psychiatric services.  Their "Sutherland Series" 8 week bipolar educational program is outstanding.  It is now available as an audio download here: https://bipolarresources.org/ They also have a rich resources section on their web site. This is a great community resource.
In addition to the Sutherland Series, skills therapy consisting of 5 modules is available for those that qualify.  Please call 303 492 5680 to start the process.
Social Security Administration (SSA) is where one applies for disability and gets help with medicare/medicate services.

Genomind

Online

Bringchange2mind started by Glenn Close, it is a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials and programs based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.
New York State Office of Mental Health  Cognitive issues related to mental illness and cognitive remediation.  Very thorough resource!
Wristbandexpress Unsure how this company came to have all these mental illness resources, but it is very comprehensive.  It includes or links to mental illness descriptions, treatments, Social Security Disability, and more.   It is recommended to us by a girl scout troop that happened upon our site while doing a mental health project.

Chatrooms

Books

Bipolar Disorder:

  • "Bipolar for Dummies" 3rd edition is a very comprehensive source of bipolar information.  Strongly recommended for both newly diagnosed and long time experienced people
  • “Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • “Loving someone with Bipolar Disorder" by Judy A. Fast and John D.   Preston
  • "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know" by David J Miklowitz
  • "Why Am I Still Depressed?"  by Jim Phelps
  • "When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner" by Cynthia G. Last
  • "Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers" by Chelsea Lowe
  • "Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask" by Hilary T. Smith
  • "The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings" by Monica Ramirez Basco

About depression:

  • "Depression for Dummies" is a very comprehensive source of depression information.  Strongly recommended for both newly diagnosed and long-time experienced people
  • "The Mindful Way Through Depression" by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life" by Matthew McKay, PhD, Martha Davis, PhD, and Patrick Fanning
  • "Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond" by Anne Sheffield

About Trauma:
"The Body Keeps The Score" by Bessel van der Kolk
About Self Compassion:

    "Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself” by Kristin Neff. It explains some of the research behind self-compassion, what self-compassion is and isn’t, and has activities and practices in the book with links to internet resources occasionally.

Mood Trackers

This is a new section.  Looking for other recommendations.  Please feel free to email to boulderdbsa@gmail.com.
eMoods is available at Google Play.
eMoods is available for Apple iOS.
Moodscope is a site that offers mood tracking, graphing, and blog sharing. Each day there is a reminder to answer 20 questions.

Legal

Colorado NAMI Law line If you need legal advice Colorado National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a free 15 minute consultation with a volunteer lawyer.  (303) 321 3104
American Bar Association Online Database of Attorneys 1 (800) 285-2221. Directory of free legal assistance by state.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Information about mental health legislation (202) 467-5730
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
For complaints of disability employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1 (800) 669-4000
Joint Commission (JCAHO) Toll-Free Complaint HotlineTo share concerns regarding quality of care (not billing) at a health care organization 1 (800) 994-6610
Legal Aid / local legal service agencies.  May assist those unable to pay for legal assistance (limitations often apply, such as no criminal cases)Check your local phone directory under "legal aid" or ask your local NAMI affiliate for legal aid resources near you
Legal Services Corporation
Civil legal aid to low-income Americans (202) 295-1500
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Legal advocacy for individuals on subjects like abuse, health care accountability, education, employment, housing, transportation and interactions with the juvenile and criminal justice system (202) 408-9514
National Guardianship Association  Information about guardianship or conservatorship
U.S. Department of Justice
Assistance with ADA concerns in state and local government and public accommodations 1 (800) 541-0301

Filing SSDI/SSI

Bipolarworld.net. Note when you enter you will be asked your age and diagnosis to validate you are an eligible particiapant.
Healthfulfchat.org.  Note you enter in the lounge room, and move to the room you selected upon entry (bipolar) by clicking on that tab below where you type.  This site is only partially moderated and at times you will need a thick skin for some conversations.  If you need help ask for a mod "is there a mod here".  At times mods are only in the lounge room, and other times no mod is online.  Must be 16 years or older.

Social Security Resources Applying for—and eventually receiving—Social Security benefits can be a long process, but the good news is that you don't have to do it alone. Read NAMI's answers to frequently asked questions about Social Security benefits or consult the resources below for help. Getting good advice and following through on the appeals process can significantly improve your claim's chances.
Allsup
Specialized services for those living with disabilities nationwide, including Social Security Disability Insurance representation and Medicare plan selection services.  Filing SS disability claims with them will result in your benefit being reduced by the amount of their fees.  1 (800) 279-4357 ext. 2020
NAMI
Information about submitting claims and appeals
National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)
Referral lists of representatives who can help you with your claim 1 (800) 747-6131
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
Referral lists of representatives who can help you with your claim1 (800) 431-2804
Social Security Administration Hotline Claims information—calling more than once to get several opinions may be helpful 1 (800) 772-1213