Update regarding our Peer Support Groups 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 online zoom meetings. National Support Groups run on the first Monday of the Month @12.30 and @4.30pm If you would like to join a local or national meeting please register your interest by completing the registration form, here providing a postcode will enable us to locate a local group for you where available. Specialist support groups Our new specialist groups will be a great way for people to access peer-to-peer support who may be feeling the impact of marginalisation, or perhaps have been struggling accessing relevant support, for example you may be a family or friend and find it helpful to talk to others to support your loved one. We are also planning a series of self-management sessions relating to work and learning following successful pilot sessions. Family and Friends group - 1pm on 17th December 2020 If you are a family or friend of our community affected by bipolar we are running a further support meeting where we will look at supporting your loved ones, hints and tips on self-management and preparing for seasonal challenges. Young People Ages 18-25 - 3.00pm on 8th December 2020 Our young people's group is safe space for young people age 18-25 to talk about the impact of bipolar along with transitional life stages. Join others on understanding more about bipolar and self-management. To register for a specialist group listed above please complete the registration form here Please note you will receive an initial acknowledgement, followed by a zoom link and invite nearer the date of the meeting. Additional specialist groups are planned to support BAME, LGBTQ+ communities and Veterans with bipolar. If any of these areas are of interest to you please email [email protected] for more information. If you are affected by bipolar and would like volunteer in any of these potential groups and share lived experience of them, we would like to hear from you. More about zoom / online meetings 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 here. zoom recommends upgrading to v5 to incorporate the latest security updates. If you have any questions regarding the online/remote groups, please view the zoom FAQs. For more information on Bipolar UK zoom support groups click here. Additional support Bipolar UK is here to support you during this time and therefore we encourage everyone to use our other services – eCommunity and Peer Support Line. We will continue to update the information regarding the status of the support group meetings as the advice from the government changes. Bipolar UK is here to support you during this time, so 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. Bipolar UK Peer Support Line: receive a call-back from a staff member who has been affected by bipolar themselves. Our peer support line does not receive incoming calls, you can email us with your details here and someone will call or email you back, depending on your preference. 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 of the screen. 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.