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The 5 Best Online Bipolar Disorder Support Groups

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

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Cost: free

DBSA offers support groups led by peers who live with bipolar disorder. In these groups, you can share your experiences with others, discuss coping skills, and support one another. There are national online groups, as well as local ones that will accept participants from around the United States.

In addition to their general support groups, DBSA also offers specific groups geared toward young adults, military veterans, People of Color, and people who are also diagnosed with substance use disorders. Family, friends, and caregivers have a separate support group.

Inspire by Mental Health America (MHA)

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Cost: free

Regardless of the hour or day, you’re likely to find someone available to chat and offer support in MHA’s support community Inspire, making you feel less alone. As a member, you can “friend” and message other members, as well as participate in discussion feeds in your specific community.

Each group, or community as they’re called, features 24/7 moderators who review all comments, removing any that aren’t kind or supportive.

7 Cups

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Cost: free for most services, $150 per month for online therapy and counseling (for ages 18 years and older)

While 7 Cups does offer virtual communities and support groups, what we like most about the service are the one-on-one chats with trained listeners. These listeners are people who have completed 7 Cups’s training course and volunteer time so that everyone can have an opportunity to be heard.

If you’re a little hesitant to try this type of support, know that a group of researchers found that 7 Cups users felt that listeners were just as helpful as psychotherapy. Plus, they said the support feels more genuine.

If you’re looking for professional help, 7 Cups also offers treatment from licensed therapists for $150 a month. However, this service is only available to people who are older than 18 years.

LifeStance Health

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Cost: varies, depending on your health insurance

If you’d like a support group run by a local, or semi-local, mental health professional, turn to LifeStance Health, a national company that offers in-network telehealth therapy through most insurance plans.

In addition to traditional therapy, some of LifeStance’s providers offer group therapy options both in-person and remotely (virtually).

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Connection

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Cost: free

NAMI Connection offers weekly support groups. Though group leaders may not have experience with bipolar disorder specifically, they all have firsthand experience with mental health conditions.

During a 90-minute NAMI meeting, you’ll meet with others in your area who may be experiencing difficulties similar to yours. These could be challenges with maintaining balance, taking medication regularly, or coping with their condition.

NAMI follows a structured model and offers weekly meetings in which you can receive helpful advice and solutions from your neighbors.

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