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. We empower approximately 1,000 people a month to stay well – and we have the ambition to reach thousands more.

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 11,000 active users
  • One-to-one peer support via telephone and email
  • Information and resources on our website which is used by over 360,000 people a year

why bipolar uk exists

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

  • More than one million people in the UK have bipolar – that’s one in 50 people
  • Having bipolar increases someone’s risk of suicide by at least 20 times
  • It takes an average of 9.5 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar
  • Bipolar has a huge impact on families and friends
  • 56% of people living with bipolar get no treatment or support for the condition
  • People impacted by bipolar need specialist support and 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.

hear first-hand from people who have experienced the benefits of peer support
Last Updated: April 4, 2023
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