Bipolar UK, the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by bipolar, has received generous funding of £60,000 over three years from London Freemasons to support the charity's Support Line.

Support Line receives £60,000 from London Freemasons

Frederico Pessoa (L) from London Freemasons meets Bipolar UK staff

Bipolar is a severe, life-long mental illness characterised by significant mood swings from manic highs to suicidal depression. It can have a devastating impact on individuals' lives and the lives of families, friends and carers. Over one million people in the UK have bipolar with thousands more impacted by the illness.

The Support Line is a key service for individuals affected by bipolar. Bipolar UK's dedicated in-house team offer practical information, advice and support via telephone and email.

The grant from London Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

Julia* first reached out to Bipolar UK at a time when she was feeling immensely isolated and alone. She had spent a number of years in and out of hospital due to the impact of bipolar and felt she'd lost years of her life. The Support Line team offered Julia specific information and advice. Over time, they helped build her confidence, better understand and therefore manage her illness and move forward.

The team's understanding, compassion and professionalism helped build trust. As Julia explained: "Talking to you is like talking to an old friend. We're on the same wavelength."

Frederico Pessoa from London Freemasons visited Bipolar UK on 24 May to find out more about the charity and the Support Line. He said:

"From visiting Bipolar UK and meeting the team, it's clear that bipolar has no boundaries. Men, women and families from all walks of life are impacted by this severe illness. The range of support needs is immense, reflecting the challenges individuals and families are facing."

Suzanne Hudson, Chief Executive at Bipolar UK, said:

"We're delighted to be supported by London Freemasons. Bipolar UK's Support Line is often the first point of call for thousands and thousands of individuals each year, whether they're concerned about the potential of bipolar, have a diagnosis or are worried about a loved one."

*Name changed to protect anonymity

Our Support Line is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can call us on 0333 323 3880 or email info@bipolaruk.org