Resources for Patients and Families
There are few clinics that specialize in the treatment of bipolar disorders or mood disorders–we have listed two of them below. Support groups can be especially helpful for patients and their families; several support groups are listed below, some specifically for bipolar disorder and others for broader support around mental illness. Click on the images to be taken to their respective websites.
Clinics that Specialize in Bipolar Disorder
The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
The University of Colorado Depression Center was established in 2008 through a generous gift from Mr. George Wiegers, with the specific goals of better understanding, identifying and treating people with depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. It is part of the National Network of Depression Centers, a consortium of academic institutions across the country dedicated to the study and treatment of mood disorders. In 2015, The Depression Center was renamed the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center (JDC), in honor of a $10 million donation from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. The JDC is currently focused on clinical services, community programs and research. The JDC provides treatment of children, teens, adults and seniors suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, using a variety of strategies including psychotherapy (individual, group, family, couples) and medications.
The Sutherland Bipolar Center
The Robert D. Sutherland Center for the Evaluation and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder is housed in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Department of Psychology & Neuroscience (CU) in Boulder. The Sutherland Center at CU was established in 2001 with an initial gift from the Sutherland Foundation. The Center’s Director is Alisha Brosse, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who has been managing the Center since 2002. Treatment is provided by licensed clinical psychologists and master’s-level therapists who work under their supervision. The Center’s mission is to provide expert psychiatric and psychological care to individuals and families with bipolar disorder who are unable to pay for services in the community. The Center offers a sliding-fee scale, with the majority of the treatment costs being paid with grants from the Sutherland Foundation. Center staff is also committed to educating the public about bipolar disorder and to training mental health professionals.
Support Groups and Organizations
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, their chapters, and mental health care facilities across America. Information on local support groups and chapters are available from their website.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI has support groups for both patients and their families. The website can provide the location of local NAMI organizations including NAMI Colorado.