I’ve been asked a couple of times lately why bi-polarbears has never founded any form of ‘social network’ for bi-polars.
The long and short answer is that to run a community ‘like that’, beyond the forum, would need resources that I’d hate to even consider – resources such as a psych council on hand to deal with any crises.
And to be completely honest, I believe that we shouldn’t ‘segment’ ourselves away from society – and to build a community designed solely for ‘us’ would once again add to the stigmata surrounding bipolar disorder.
And that’s the short answer. The longer answer is – I don’t segment my own life, and would never expect others to do the same – where we gain support is where we’re all united, and in a community of like minded individuals, we’re not completely at one with our wider community. I believe that we pull strength from those that cope ‘differently’ to us and those others are role models in some ways to more accurate and authentic behaviours.
Kai is a writer, author and avid reader. A mental health advocate, Ludosport athlete and coder. She’s the mother of two young adults, owned by two cats, and lives with her beloved in the Cotswolds.