We're the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by the much misunderstood and devastating life-long illness of bipolar
We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives. Each year we reach out and support over 80,000 individuals through our services. We also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues.
We're the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by the much misunderstood and devastating life-long illness of bipolar We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives. Each year we reach out and support over 80,000 individuals through our services and information/advice publications. We also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues. We believe the key to coping with bipolar is an early diagnosis, acceptance of the illness and adapting your lifestyle. Management of the illness can be achieved through strategies involving medication, health care, therapy and self management. We work to ensure all individuals with bipolar can manage their illness and lead independent lives. We endorse the principles of equality and diversity in all our activities. With the amazing support of our staff team, volunteers, members, service users, supporters and partnering organisations we all work to support individuals affected by bipolar.
Mission: We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives. Each year we reach out and support over 80,000 individuals through our services and information/advice publications. We also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues.
Mental illness does not discriminate - it affects people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. If you feel that you are in crisis we have provided some information on who you can contact in addition to the free support provided by Bipolar UK. Don't wait for symptoms to get worse reach out for help as soon as possible.
bipolaruk.org Sometimes we can need a little more support. The numbers below are who you can contact in a crisis.
It’s an unfortunate reality, but some mental illnesses still face stigma and discrimination. But as Katie found out, that doesn’t mean there’s not a huge benefit to speaking out. https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/what-happened-when-i-opened-up-about-my-bipolar-disorder/236657?fbclid=IwAR1PKEJB65S3eOlbml11Go_M66lT0kutmDS0X5hECf3npZGX35LAtg6BNj0
stylist.co.uk The benefits were even better than I'd hoped
Sian writes candidly about her pregnancy and bipolar diagnosis, and the message of hope she wants to give to anyone going through the same thing. https://www.bipolaruk.org/Blog/becoming-a-parent-with-bipolar
bipolaruk.org Sian writes candidly about her pregnancy and bipolar diagnosis, and the message of hope she wants to give to anyone going through the same thing.
In the UK individuals from black and minority ethnic groups are more likely to:
- be diagnosed with mental health problems
- be diagnosed and admitted to hospital
- experience a poor outcome from treatment
- disengage from mainstream health services, leading to a sense of disenfranchisement and deterioration in their mental health
Acknowledging this, Bipolar UK approached Genesis Elijah, following the release of his track, ‘Man Down’, which touches on mental health from a black experience. https://youtu.be/Ah5hvMhgd8c
In the UK individuals from black and minority ethnic groups are more likely to: · be diagnosed with mental health problems · be diagnosed and admitted to hos...
Heidi is an NHS Nurse, wife and mother. In this blog she offers a first-hand experience of managing bipolar during Covid-19.
bipolaruk.org Heidi discusses how she self-manages her mental health and the challenges that she faces during this crisis plus offers advice on some techniques to help keep well.
A big thank you to everyone who completed our Covid-19 Impact Survey. We had over 1,700 responses and the preliminary results are now available on our website:
bipolaruk.org We had a great response to the ‘Bipolar and COVID-19' survey with 1,700 responses in 2 weeks. Preliminary results show that, perhaps as might be expected, many people with the condition are struggling due to the stress, uncertainty and isolation of lockdown. We hope to publish the full results of ...
Antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, and mood stabilisers are common drugs that have the potential to increase weight gain. Whilst not susceptible to a simple fix, Professor Guy Goodwin explains what steps can be taken to consciously control the problem. https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/medication-and-weight-gain
bipolaruk.org We look at the challenge of managing weight while on medication and discuss the effects some drugs can have on this.
Alcohol can exaggerate symptoms of both mania and depression. In today's live session with April, she will be discussing the topic of alcohol.
Covid-19 has made life a lot harder for those affected by bipolar. To help you through this crisis we have a resource pack of helpful links and information including a list of helpful FAQs here: https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/key-links-to-help-you-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
bipolaruk.org The coronavirus is putting enormous extra pressure on those affected by bipolar. We've provided a list of resources which should help.
Giving people the opportunity to educate themselves about self-management has the potential to lower relapse rates. So we're collaborating with the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) at Cardiff University to organise a series of self-management webinars so everyone has the chance to master the basics. We hope to launch them in the next few weeks - to register your interest please sign up here and we will send you more details. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PFQGD8D
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We found that 67% of people received no advice on self-management when they were first diagnosed and that this played a key role in relapsing. Following the results of our Self-Management Survey in April, we are working with funders, academics, clinicians and people living with bipolar to try and change this.
You can now access the report on our website. https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/self-management-for-people-living-with-bipolar
bipolaruk.org Like all long-term conditions, bipolar requires effective self-management to keep on top. Alongside medication, there are practical steps that people with bipolar can take to stay well.
When Max was first diagnosed with bipolar he was very confused about a lot of things. Having access to the peer support groups and hearing others talk about the condition helped him come to terms with and better understand his diagnosis. To show his appreciation Max has committed to running a marathon a month to raise money for Bipolar UK. Read Max's incredible story here: https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/a-marathon-a-month
bipolaruk.org Max talks about how he has committed to running a minimum of a marathon distance a month to raise money for Bipolar UK and another charity called 3Pillars.
Leanne talks about the reality of living with bipolar and how it affects each person differently. #letstalkbipolar
Leanne, Tobias & Natalie talk about life with Bipolar I and II Follow us on Instagram @leanneljp @a_stressfulwarrior @natbite_art
Drexler, (Adrian Leung) a London-based instrumental artist, composer, and producer from Sydney, Australia has worked together with filmmaker Ben Ogunbiyi to create a music video that deals directly with themes of mental health. This year’s theme is kindness and with 100% of the download proceeds of this track (for the month of May) going towards charities that support those struggling with Mental Health, we thought this was a beautifully moving and a fitting way to end Mental Health Awareness Week.
Download Ghosts Have Arrived: https://drexler-music.bandcamp.com/ For the month of May, 100% of the proceeds of this track will go towards charities that sup...
***STOP PRESS*** For the next 24hrs all donations will be doubled! One of our supporters has promised to match any funds raised over the next 24 hours, so every pound you give to the Bipolar UK Fundraising Appeal to enable the charity to help people with bipolar suffering in the current crisis will be DOUBLED until close of play on Monday 25th May!
bipolaruk.org Thank you for supporting Bipolar UK. It’s no small thing to say we couldn’t do it without you Bipolar is a condition that can tear away at the very fabric of our family, social and work life, whether we have bipolar ourselves or know someone who does. But it doesn’t have to be like...
This weekend our CEO, Simon Kitchen, spoke to The Note Show. Tune into the podcast to hear the discussion. Topics covered include 'What is Bipolar Disorder?' Fundraising and Bipolar UK as a charity. It was great to be invited onto the show Joshua you were a fantastic host, Thank you! https://www.thenoteshow.com/episodes/ep-11-simon-kitchen
thenoteshow.com This weekend we have the wonderful Simon Kitchen of Bipolar UK, he takes us through everything from 'What is Bipolar Disorder?' to fundraising and Bipolar UK as a charity. We had a great conversation and we hope you learn a lot and enjoy the show!
Olivia details five self care tips for when you’re going through a low episode. https://www.bipolaruk.org/Blog/five-self-care-tips-for-when-youre-going-through-a-low-episode
bipolaruk.org Olivia Callaghan details her favourite self-care tips, that could also help you, if you’re going through a low episode:
The challenge of childbirth for mothers with bipolar has been highlighted by Bipolar UK and national media over the past few years. Helen adds her own story.
bipolaruk.org Helen talks about her experience of childbirth as a mother with bipolar.
Dr Peter Taylor is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health. In this blog he focuses on understanding self-harm and evaluating therapies for those who struggle with these experiences. https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/self-harm-during-lockdown
bipolaruk.org This article discusses self-harm, including describing these experiences and providing suggestions for helping those affected by self-harm.
CEO, Simon Kitchen, gives an update on our recent COVID19 Impact Survey.
My family refuse to accept I'm have bipolar and nobody around me understands what to expect/look out for or how to help me. Where can I send them for information? https://www.bipolaruk.org/FAQs/leaflet-information-for-family-and-friends
bipolaruk.org A leaflet about what you can do to support someone with bipolar
In a new Horizon documentary airing tonight comedian Tony Slattery discusses bipolar, addiction and childhood trauma. Tune into BBC 2 at 9pm this evening for "What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery?"
If you can't wait that long we highly recommend his recent article in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/11/tony-slattery-this-terrible-thing-still-weighs-on-me-why-after-all-this-time
theguardian.com When the actor and comedian was interviewed by the Guardian a year ago, there was an outpouring of love. It led to his new documentary, exploring the link between mental health and childhood abuse
Coming to terms with a bipolar diagnosis is one thing, but how do you then go about sharing that diagnosis with the world? In her wonderfully candid letter Bipolar UK Ambassador April Kelley revisits a period in her life full of change – understanding that she is bisexual, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder https://happiful.com/april-kelley-on-bipolar-and-bisexuality/
happiful.com Have you ever looked back on your life, and wished you could speak words of comfort and wisdom to your younger self for those times when life really tests you? April Kelley has done just that. In her wonderfully candid letter, she revisits a period in her life full of change
"In July 2018 I thought I could cope without medication, after being diagnosed in 2013. I thought if I came off it temporarily, I could lift myself out of my depression and control my mood. I could not have been more wrong." Musician Keido Bond shares his experience of living with bipolar and asks the question - would you turn off your bipolar? https://www.bipolaruk.org/Blog/would-you-turn-off-your-bipolar-disorder
bipolaruk.org Musician Keido Bond is keen to share his experience of living with bipolar.
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. Bipolar increases an individual’s risk of suicide by up to 20 times. Jeremy shares his thoughts on suicidal ideation and how to prevent it.
**please do not read if you feel this may be a trigger.** https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/suicide-prevention-toolkit
bipolaruk.org People who make attempts on their lives run a significant risk of completing on the second and future attempts – but this is where a key protective thought pattern can be introduced. Jeremy shares his thoughts on suicidal ideation and how to prevent it.
If you could go back in time and meet your younger self what advise would you impart around living with bipolar? https://youtu.be/ODQAc2catOA
If you could go back in time and meet your younger self...what advise would you impart around living with bipolar disorder.
This week it's Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme of kindness. In today's live stream April Kelley digs into what kindness actually means and how it can have a positive affect on our mental health.
It wasn't until after losing her brother to suicide that Naomi discovered he'd recently been diagnosed with bipolar 2 and complex PTSD. With no knowledge of bipolar she thought she'd lost her brother to a lifelong battle with depression. Today he'd have been 35 years old, so to mark the day she's sharing his story, in the hope she can raise awareness and better understanding of the condition. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
bipolaruk.org Remembering a brother's life that came to an end far too soon and how this tragic event led to trying to understand bipolar more.
Head over to Blackout tonight at 8.30pm to hear Mig Burgess talk live about how she's been using or Mood Scale and how she's finding the process quite interesting to discover patterns and triggers. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Often we see and hear about the moment someone is diagnosed with a life changing illness. It's not often however, that we hear about the moment someone is diagnosed with a mental illness. We don’t acknowledge that mental health is life altering and a diagnosis can be just as painful and just as much of a relief as getting a diagnosis for a physical illness.
bipolaruk.org Mental health is life altering and a diagnosis can be just as painful and just as relieving as getting a diagnosis for a physical illness.
It's not just the symptoms of bipolar that can be a struggle. Whether it's watching how much you laugh at a particular joke or sidestepping dodgy questions from colleagues, navigating people's expectations of the illness can be a constant challenge. If you're a fellow sufferer, you'll recognise these common face-palmers. If you're not, get some tips on what can help when speaking to friends with the condition. You'll never liken them to Stephen Fry again... https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/clip/74fa42d0-b957-44ff-9307-20cdfdcdbb0f
bbc.co.uk This video contains some strong language. It's not just the symptoms of bipolar disorder that can be a struggle. Whether it's watching how much you laugh at a particular joke or sidestepping dodgy questions from colleagues, navigating people's expectations of the illness can be a constant challengeI...
Although bipolar is a fairly common mental illness, it is not well represented. Many people believe that having bipolar disorder means always being very happy or very sad. Myths like these mean that people with bipolar can often feel misunderstood and unsupported.
Here are 10 common myths about bipolar.
bipolaruk.org Anna has lived with her bipolar diagnosis for many years. Today she wants to discuss commonly held myths about the condition.
With 60% of people living with bipolar getting no treatment or support for the condition, we recognise the importance of supporting not just those that live directly with the condition but also those who are part of their support network. Sara has two special people in her life who have bipolar and she's been on a long journey of discovery. Here she offers her top tips for 'carers' - family, friends... because she knows all too well that what you do to support that person really matters.
bipolaruk.org Sara talks about some of her experiences as a carer and offers some tips that she has learnt along the way. Whether you are a close friend, relative or neighbour for someone with bipolar, you are still a carer in some way, and what you do to support that person really matters.
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