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Bipolar UK

About this Resource:

What we do

Bipolar UK is the only national charity dedicated to empowering individuals and families affected by bipolar. Peer support is at the core of our work. This means people affected by bipolar helping others. Our integrated service consists of:

  • More than 85 peer support groups for people affected by bipolar, facilitated by trained and supported volunteers – many groups have now migrated online
  • A moderated eCommunity with over 9,000 active users
  • One-to-one peer support provided by telephone and email, recognising that support groups and a digital service will not be for everyone
  • Information and resources provided on our website which are used by over 360,000 people a year
  • Empowering approximately 1,000 people per month to stay well and we have the ambition to reach thousands more

Why Bipolar UK exists

Bipolar is one of the biggest mental health challenges of the 21st century:

  • 1.3 million people in the UK have bipolar. That’s one in fifty people
  • Bipolar increases an individual’s risk of suicide by up to 20 times
  • It takes an average of 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar
  • Bipolar has a huge impact on families and friends
  • 60% of people living with bipolar get no treatment or support for the condition
  • People impacted by bipolar need specialist services

Our vision

Everyone affected by bipolar can live well and fulfil their potential.

Our mission

To empower everyone affected by bipolar to live well and fulfil their potential.

Our strategic aims

Provide a comprehensive peer support service for people affected by bipolar and increase the reach of our delivery.
Act as the voice of our community to change public attitudes and build a society that enables people affected by bipolar to live well and fulfil their potential.

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