We are sorry to announce that due to the Coronavirus situation and government advice the decision has been made to put our face-to-face support groups on hold. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes, and want to assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. 

We will update the group pages as soon as we are able to resume face to face meetings. In the meantime some locations are engaging in zoom online meetings, if you would like to know more or join a local or national meeting please email [email protected]

You may have questions on remote qroups - please click here FAQ - zoom

Bipolar UK are holding two national online zoom groups on Monday 1st June 2020 

  • 12.30 to 14.00 - Lunch time session
  • 16.30 to 18.00 - Early evening session

You should be comfortable with zoom as a platform and happy with their privacy and security notice before agreement to join a Bipolar UK zoom session.  Details can be found here https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/privacy-and-security.html zoom recommend if not already upgrading to v5 to incorporate latest security updates

For more information on Bipolar UK zoom support groups click here

Bipolar UK is here to support you during this time and therefore we encourage everyone to use our other services, which can be found on our website.

Please check on the website at the beginning of May for information regarding the status of the support group meetings, in the interim we have suggested alternative support options below:

  • Bipolar UK eCommunity: our eCommunity is a supportive online forum for everyone affected by bipolar. Join via our website bipolaruk.org/ecommunity
  • Bipolar UK Peer Support Line: receive a call back from a staff member who has been affected by the illness themselves. To arrange a call back, leave an email [email protected].
  • Bipolar UK Chatbot: our chatbot has a wealth of information and will be able to answer a number of queries. You can find the Chatbot at the bottom right hand corner of our website bipolaruk.org

If you are in need of crisis or other support during this time please utilise the services of the below organisations:

  • Your local mental health and crisis teams
  • NHS non-emergency: 111
  • The Samaritans: please call 116 123
  • Mind information line: open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday 0300 123 3393
  • C.A.L.L (Wales): 0800 123 737
  • Lifeline (Northern Ireland): 0808 808 800

In an emergency please always call 999.

Furthermore, if you are worried or concerned about Corona-virus and potential self-quarantine, Mind have provided a useful guide which can be accessed via the following link:  https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 

Please do check out the Bipolar UK website at the beginning of May for information regarding the status of the support group meetings.

Take care and best wishes,

The Peer Support Team on behalf of the Co-facilitators

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