On Saturday 7 March, 250 people gathered in central London for this year’s National Conference. The theme of the day was ‘Bipolar: Mind and Body’ and our schedule included talks on subjects ranging from the latest research to disclosing your diagnosis.

People sitting in an auditorium

Our Chair of Trustees, Ashley Toft, began by welcoming everyone and presenting our fabulous Volunteer of the Year, Rita Long, and Fundraiser of the Year, Andrew Ball, with their awards. Our Trustee, Professor Allan Young, then delivered a fascinating, whistle-stop tour of the latest research into bipolar.

After a much-needed refreshment break, we split into the four workshops: Nutrition, Everyday Mindfulness, a Wellbeing Panel, and Planning Pregnancy. We saw so many conversations happening and connections being made between people.

A tasty lunch in the restaurant provided the perfect setting to carry on conversations, ask more questions and discover some of the organisations in our marketplace.

After lunch, everyone headed off to their second workshops with renewed enthusiasm and we were delighted to hear even more conversations starting and questions being asked.

For the final session of the day, Robin Wight gave a rousing presentation about disclosing a diagnosis of bipolar: ‘Bringing Bipolar Out of The Dark'. Robin ended the day with a message of self-acceptance and before we knew it, the day was over.

Thank you to everyone who came to this year’s National Conference and made it a fun, friendly and inspiring day. We hope to see you next year!

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