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Triangle Bipolar Support Group (TBSG) Pages

Triangle Bipolar Support Group (TBSG) Meetup is a support and information group for anyone that needs support in dealing with Bipolar Disorder. We also invite those who love and care for their mentally ill friends/family.

In group we wear no masks or seek anonymity to hide our disorder. We simply come together and share the good things and the not so good things with people who understand our plight. We come as strangers leave as friends.

Our Mission: We are an educational support resource for anyone affected by bipolar disorder or Chronic depression, including friends and family of members. We work together as a team to grow in knowledge, share resources and provide acceptance and understanding. We are a caring group that continues to grow and it is my hope that the meetings will help produced many individual successes.

This is not a clinical group therapy session. We do not provide assessments, treatment or any clinical services one would obtain from a licensed or credentialed professional.

If you're interested in learning more about depression, bipolar disorder and how to improve your quality of life scroll down and click on the links at below labeled "HELPFUL LINKS" that interest you below. You can also join us at our next group meeting. :) We look forward to meeting you!

Principles: We have three principles that our group stand on; support, care and strength.

1) We SUPPORT anyone (consumers, friends & family) with life challenges related to bipolar disorder and Chronic depressive issues.

2) We CARE about each person, body mind and spirit; their successes, failures and the strengthening of life tools. Our lives and our opinions are openly shared with the group and they remain confidential. Each person has the right to an opinion; individuals’ thoughts and ideas shall be respected. We explore ideas, collaborate on life tools and we understand each other to the best of our ability. Our focus is on wellness and helping each person reach their full human potential. Each person's story has value and is a resource to our group. We are a group that embraces each other from the very first time we meet someone. Our group is a place of connections, solace, and comfort, a place where no one is judged and we hope you will feel welcomed and understood.

3) We STRENGTHEN and support one another through education about our illness and life's challenges and we learn how to become more interdependent. We are a community of people who are stronger together. It's exciting to see the understanding and kindness we share when we reach new members. When members share their story, they share their heart and soul. Our group is becoming closer as people continue to return and new people come in, and I believe our support, care, confidentiality and love is contagious.

Group Beliefs and Guidelines:

1. We believe that BiPolar Disorder is primarily a medical problem due to brain chemistry (and frequently has a genetic predisposition)

2. While we realize that most people who are on medication for their illness, members are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to seek active and rigorous counseling as the illness can create many issues in our lives that no amount of medication can solve.

3. Each person's opinion is to be heard out and to be respected by allowing the person to speak without being berated, judged or discouraged. All can share their opinions with respect and kindness.

4. Identifiable individual issues and the identity of members is strictly confidential.

5. "Supportive Others" are welcome to attend and participate, as long as they do not detract from our service to consumers. Referrals of "Supportive Others" to other support groups for families is frequently made.

6. We encourage referrals to our group, and are very sensitive to people with newly diagnosed mood disorders.

7. We are gratified by the depth and experience shared by regular members of our group.

8. There are no dues requirements for this support group. Although donations are accepted. biggrin

9. The group sees its primary goal as an issues, discussion, and support group. Guest speakers, social events, and extended activities may be scheduled, if so desired by group members.

10. Individuals who are disruptive to the Organizer or participants of the group, will be handled by the group Organizer.

11. Crosstalk is encouraged to members of the group, but must be brief and if at anytime it gets off topic the Moderator has the right to cut in and pull everyone back on topic.

12. We encourage all consumers to attend other support groups to discover which group(s) may be best for them. We accept that this concept may result in irregular attendance each week.

13. Upon consent of the individual, support group contact lists may be distributed to the group periodically, and may include basic contact information. Further distribution of these names is strictly prohibited.

14. Consumers with professional backgrounds and consumers with current or former highly functional abilities are encouraged to attend.

Our role as the Organizers is to:
1. Support the educational process we need by exploring all positive options that are available to us in order to fight and succeed at living productive and enriched lives regardless of our "diagnosis". These options could include; consistent counseling and doctor visits, education about medication, books about BP and self help issues, prayer and meditation, support from TBSG, exercise, rediscovering your passions, fostering support within a family/circle of friends etc.

2. The Organizer schedules meetings

3. Takes up donations to pay for the website

4. Finds topics of discussion. I encourage members to bring topics to my attention if they would like to discuss in the meeting. The requests will be held in confidentiality if you so desire.

5. Find a venue suitable to hold meetings that is inexpensive, and to give directions to the location of the meetup.

6. Each time we meet it is my responsibility to clean up the room when finished with a meeting, etc...

My role as Moderator: In general a moderator is responsible for leading the focus group discussion, keeping the discussion on track and encouraging all participants to contribute. The moderator follows an agenda and loose script with key points and questions that need to be covered during the focus group. The Moderator keeps track of time and directs participants to each new topic of discussion when it is appropriate. The Moderator also sets the ground rules for discussion, such as letting participants know that they can disagree with each other and that everyone has a right to speak and gets a chance to speak if they feel up to it. Moderators also have to keep the session focused and sometimes they may deliberately have to steer the conversation back on course. Individuals who are disruptive to members of the group, will be handled by the Group Organizer accordingly.

Hopeline, Inc.
Crisis Line
24 hours / 7 days
(919) 231-4525

Teen Talkline
(919) 231-3626

Click Below:

NC Crisis Hot Line link
This is not a clinical group therapy session. We do not provide assessments, treatment or any clinical services one would obtain from a licensed or credentialed professional.

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About this Meetup
Trosa - multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care.
NC Coalition to end homelessness and other info.
Johnston County Transitional Housing
Great Articles about Bipolar Click Here
Housing Resources for Mental Illnes and More... All NC Counties
Local Transitional Housing
More Transitional Housing Ideas
Help finding Therapist or Psychologist in your area
Dr. Amen Clinics - A new way to diagnose and treat mental illness
Find Free Mental Health Clinics in NC
Family Preservation Services, Low Cost/Free in Home Mental Health Care in NC
Web Site Crisis Hotlines and More
You've just been diagnosed... Now what?
Introduction to Depression and Bipolar Disorder
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder
All About Drugs and Drug Interactions
Mood Tracking Web Site
Manual Mood Tracking
Bipolar Slide Show
$$$$ Medication Cost Assistance
Another prescription drug assistance site
Awesome Chat and Online group sessions for Narcotics Annon
Help Fight Stigma
Independent Living Contacts for People with Disabilities
Affordable Apartment Locator
Are you homeless or at risk?
Fair Housing/Reasonable Accommodations
Are you disabled and finding it difficult to live alone? Click Here to find help
Are you or someone you know disabled, elderly or low income and need help with fixing their home? Open a Google Browser and type in: community housing resources for adults and then type the name of your county. This will bring up a page with all of the services in your area for folks in situation as listed above. Here is an example of Wake County: Click Here!
Supportive Housing for the Disabled.

In the Rooms: Great site for dual diagnosis - AA, NA, Codependent...
Handy Medication Chart

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2014 Wake County Resource Guide July 19, 2014 6:26 PM anonymous
2013 Various Available Resources July 19, 2013 12:01 PM anonymous
Paradigms and Mexican Food? July 7, 2013 11:01 PM anonymous
Coffee Went Cold? Make Iced Coffee! June 19, 2013 12:30 PM anonymous
Can You Reason with the Unreasonable May 27, 2013 7:29 PM anonymous
Understanding Bipolar Dissorder April 14, 2013 8:35 PM anonymous
Change will come How will you deal with it April 14, 2013 8:27 PM anonymous
Great Books June 14, 2014 9:46 PM anonymous
Mood and Medicine Tracker FREE February 10, 2013 12:08 PM anonymous
STOP and smell the roses! February 10, 2013 12:02 PM anonymous
ANTS in my brain??? No Way! August 17, 2013 9:58 PM anonymous
Hope and Waiting February 10, 2013 11:51 AM anonymous

Raleigh, NC

Founded Jun 29, 2009


Rachel Anderson, Audrey Ahlvers
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