How to Stay Grounded When a Friend is Talking About Suicide – Martin Baker and Fran Houston


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Baker M, Houston F, & Wilson J (2017). How to Stay Grounded When a Friend is Talking About Suicide. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 22/02/2017].

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In this event, Fran & Marty looked forward to talking about their journey to writing their new book "High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder" and sharing what they have learned about long distance support, mental health and technology.


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We are best friends living three thousand miles apart. Fran has lived with depression and bipolar disorder for over twenty years: Marty is her main support, carer and lifeline. In High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder (Nordland Publishing, 2016), we share what we’ve learned about growing a close, mutually supportive relationship between a “well one” and an “ill one”.

Using plain, non-technical language, real life conversations, and examples from our own experience, we offer original approaches and practical tips for taking the good and the bad “One step at a time”. Uniquely, we show how technology and the internet mean no one is too far away to be cared for, or to care.

Written from the well one’s perspective, our book focuses on being there. Discover how to build a relationship strong and flexible enough to handle mania, depression, and suicidal thinking. Explore what illness means, learn strategies for wellness and how best to support your friend and take care of yourself, whether you live on the same street or oceans apart.

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About Fran Houston


Fran Houston

A highly successful electrical engineer until illness struck, author and photographer Fran Houston has lived with bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia for over twenty years. Passionate about making invisible illness visible, Fran lives in Portland, Maine.






About Martin Baker


Martin Baker

Three thousand miles away in the north-east of England, Martin Baker is an ASIST trained Mental Health First Aider and Time to Change Champion. A member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mind, and Bipolar UK. Martin is Fran's primary support and lifeline.


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