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Coming home with Bipolar

A comprehensive new Booklet uniquely developed for Carers of people who have recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder is now available for use across Australia.

‘Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers’ was launched by the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey. The 40-page booklet was produced by Bipolar Australia with the support of the NSW Mental Health Commission and Mental Health Carers NSW.

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I am very pleased that the Commission has had the opportunity to invest in such a positive recovery resource. This booklet challenges the myths and stigma about bipolar disorder head on and will be a valuable resource for families and carers across New South Wales and Australia.

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- NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey

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Coming Home with Bipolar’ focuses on the information and skills that Carers need to help people with bipolar starting their recovery journey. “Giving Carers the information they need about Bipolar reduces the risk of hospitalisation for people with the condition. Providing the ‘Coming Home with Bipolar’ resource to a person’s Family or Carer immediately after they are diagnosed will help the person’s recovery, minimize family and carer stress and fear of the unknown.

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– Executive Director Susana Bluwol

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The booklet’s launch underscored the importance of helping Families and Carers to support people with severe and persistent mental health conditions such as Bipolar. The average time between the onset of bipolar symptoms and proper diagnosis is over 9 years. Helping every Carer to understand how the condition has affected the person they care for during this period is a crucial first step in the journey towards recovery

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– Mental Health Carers NSW Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Harms

Coming home with Bipolar Booklet

You can read this Booklet online for free. But if you’d like to have your own copy, you may download it now for a Tax Deductible Donation of only $10 (or you may wish to donate more than $10). To purchase printed copies of this booklet, please email us at info@bipolaraustralia.org.au.

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Tips

Social distancing and isolation is difficult to practice and for those with mental health issues it can potentially exacerbate symptoms. Just remember, you don’t have to be an expert on the condition to reach out and listening without judgement is one of the greatest helps. Think about the people in your life that could use your support during this time. Even a phone call can make a huge difference for someone’s well-being.