About bipolar disorder Pendulum: stories and information Bipolar research REACT study: Lizzi's story Lizzi talks about her experience of getting involved in the REACT research study. My name's Lizzi and a few years ago I supported a friend through serious depression, with elements of psychosis. He wasn't thinking straight, acting oddly and behaving totally out of character. He was so unhappy that he didn't want to live. I had phone conversations with him that ended with me thinking that he had seriously hurt himself. He went missing on numerous occasions. The impact on his family, including his children, was huge. It was pretty rough for us all and it was really difficult to understand what was going on and how to navigate various services to get the support he needed. As a result of this experience, I became part of a new study at Lancaster University, where I now work as a REACT Supporter. The REACT (Relative Education and Coping Toolkit) online trial is looking to see if the online toolkit is helpful for people with psychosis or bipolar. It's run by researchers, clinicians and relatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster University, Liverpool University and University College London and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The online toolkit contains information, strategies to manage common issues, and stories from other relatives and friends about their own experiences. Through the site you can also connect with a REACT Supporter who can provide additional support. There's also an online forum - REACT Group - where you can talk directly with other relatives using the site. If you sign up to the trial, you'll either be given a resource directory of all the current help and support available for family members or friends or you'll be given the toolkit. If you'd like to find out more or sign up for the study, visit the REACT website.