Family support is crucial to recovery for those living with mood disorders; however, supporting a loved one with depression or bipolar disorder isn’t easy. As a consumer, it’s important to educate family members about your illness, ask for help when you need it and let them know what helps and what hurts. And it’s important, as a family member, to learn the facts about mood disorders, take care of yourself and let your loved one know you’re there to listen and help in the recovery process.
This institute offers guidelines, for both consumers and their families, to foster the communication and understanding that creates a supportive environment. In 2008 at the DBSA National Conference, Rebecca’s Dream proudly sponsored “At Home with Wellness: Families & Recovery” presented by Julie A. Fast.
Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder and mood management. She is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Julie is a critically acclaimed national speaker, family and partner coach and sought after media source on the topic of mental health management. Her books have sold over 150,000 copies and her popular websites have received over one million visitors.