New Caregiver How-to Videos, Insurance Webinar, Family Stories, and Print Resources

Stages of Change

Family Caregivers – spouses, parents, adult children, siblings, etc. – are often frustrated when their loved one who is showing signs of depression or bipolar disorder won’t acknowledge the problem or get treatment. The Stages of Change model explains that everyone moves at their own pace when making a change and that change is not necessarily a linear process. Understanding the Stages of Change can shift caregivers’ perspective, so they can have realistic expectations and be a more effective support for their loved one on the path toward mental wellness. Please watch the full series on our Stages of Change webpage.

How-To Videos

One of the hardest parts of caring for someone who has a mood disorder is deciding, as a family, how to best support that person when times get tough. The first video discusses how to come together to create a family action plan in five manageable steps. The second video addresses a common situation that confronts family caregivers–working with primary care providers in managing care. Although primary care providers are not necessarily mental health experts, they can be great resources for your loved one and can ease the transition into treatment.

Ready to create an action plan? The Making an Action Plan template can help you get started. Sometimes, change can begin with a few simple steps.


Use the More Than Mood: A Depression Symptoms Toolkit for Families and Caregivers to learn more about depression and track symptoms.


What Families Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance Webinar

What can make the stress of supporting your loved one even worse? Seeking services for their treatment and being surprised, after the fact, by a hefty bill. Watch our free webinar, What Caregivers Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance, to learn how to make the most of insurance coverage.



New Publications Now Available

The 20-page Adult Depression: Stories of Families and Hope features 6 family stories of adult depression. The 60-page Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Families and Caregivers takes the reader through everything they need to know from diagnosis to helping someone maintain wellness. An essential read for all caregivers.

Go to our Publications page to order materials today!


Family Stories, Web Tools, and Resources

Here are some additional tools and resources that can inspire hope and help you along the way.


Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) developed these new caregiver resources with review by FFDA-affiliated experts. This project was supported by a sponsorship from the Allergan Foundation, Takeda Lundbeck Alliance, and Janssen. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals were not involved in content development. The content and opinions expressed in these resources are solely those of FFDA and the experts involved.