Resource Directory

Welcome to the REACT Resource Directory.

We hope you find this useful.
These resources offer more detailed explanations and information on various topics relevant to supporting someone with bipolar disorder or psychosis.

It can be possible to have too much information and sometimes difficult to find the right information when searching online. We have tried to help make this easier by signposting to resources we think you will find helpful. Please note that addresses and web links do change over time. If any of the links no longer work, then do let us know and we will update them.

If you need more urgent help and are already in contact with mental health services, please contact them directly. If you are not in contact with mental health services the following might be helpful:

  • Your own GP
  • Your local out of hours GP or A+E visit www.nhs.uk if you’re unsure where to find the services)
  • For someone to talk to over the phone call Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • If you feel there is a serious and immediate risk please call the emergency services on 999

National Organisations Supporting Relatives

These organisations provide a range of support including websites with information on a range of topics, online discussion forums, telephone helpline services and support groups.

Government Guidance

Providing links to government websites for information on mental health and related topics.

Local Resources to Support Relatives of People with Mental Health Problems

These are organisations providing information and support at a local level.

Topic Specific Information

Providing further information on specific topics related to Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.

Getting Around Information Resources

 

In our experience it is helpful to think about what will be most useful to you personally; it can help you to pick a route through the information maze.

  • Would you like to learn from other relatives who have been through early intervention in psychosis services?
  • Would you like to hear or read about latest research findings or service treatments from clinicians and academics?
  • Is the way the voluntary sector presents information on its websites easier to explore than books?

 

There are a few key ways to search for information and use that to support your caring role:

  • Ask to meet members of your relative’s care team to gather information and ask questions, some services may offer specific support for relatives
  • Find out if you have a local relatives group who can offer support and where you can meet other people who have similar caring responsibilities
  • Contact a mental health charity ‘helpline’ or ‘advice service’, numbers and websites are listed in this Resource Directory

However, always remember that the information you receive will be as informed as the person you are speaking to, and they may not be fully informed!