About bipolar disorder Pendulum: stories and information Self-management Support Group Focus: Harrow Bipolar UK runs over 100 Peer Support Groups across the UK. They are run by trained co-facilitators, and provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment for people who are affected by bipolar disorder, whether directly or indirectly, to meet and discuss what they may have on their minds. As well as regular attendees, some groups also host events and guest speakers. This month we are focusing on the incredible work done by the Harrow Support Group, and inviting anyone in the area who needs support to come along. For more information about the Harrow group, or to find your local Support Group, why not access our handy guide. About us Our group has been running for over 30 years and is open to those affected by bipolar affective disorder (diagnosed, think they may have the disorder but haven’t received an official diagnosis and those who support us). We meet at The Bridge, beside Harrow’s recreational centre, every 2nd Thursday of each month. Meetings are from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm with a refreshment break half way through the evening. Our meetings are set in a comfortable facility and offer a safe space to share experiences and knowledge. We have a summer BBQ in the gardens of our venue. We have a “bring and share food” social for our December meeting. The other meetings are either a regular group meeting, or we have guest speakers (typically psychologists, psychiatrists and nutritionists) We also have a small lending library of books for our attendees Meet the co-facilitators Both group facilitators have lived experience of the condition and both also work within the NHS as recovery trainers. We both strongly support self-management of the condition with support through mood stabilizing medication and talking therapies to enhance our mental health and wellbeing.