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What laws and organizations can help me if I have bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Most U.S. states have mental health parity, which means that people with mental illness have the right to receive the same level of care as those with other illnesses. If your state doesn't have this, consider joining a grassroots advocacy organization such as the Bipolar and Depression Support Alliance (BDSA) or National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). These organizations have support groups for people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones, and also advocate on behalf of people living with mental illnesses. Getting on their mailing lists will keep you informed and allow you to participate in political advocacy by telling your story and writing your elected officials to fight for policies that provide the care and support you need to get and stay well.
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