Bipolar UK is delighted to announce that The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £40,000 to support the expansion of our already successful Youth Service on to a critically needed national level.


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More than a million people in the UK have bipolar and many of them experience their first episode of severe mania or depression in their late teens or early twenties.

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity said: “I am very pleased that this grant will enable Bipolar UK to support thousands more people affected by bipolar every year through its national Youth Service.”

Bipolar increased the risk of suicide by up to 20 times. It affects every aspect of an individual’s life and has a huge impact on family and friends.

Bipolar UK’s Youth Service supports young people who are concerned about the potential of bipolar, have a diagnosis of bipolar or are affected by bipolar, as well as their families.

Suzanne Hudson, Bipolar UK Chief Executive, said “The generous support of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity will allow our Youth Service, which currently supports 18 to 25 year olds affected by bipolar, to expand nationally”.

On average a person is misdiagnosed 3.5 times before a correct diagnosis of bipolar is given, taking an average of ten and a half years.

With many people experiencing their first symptoms at a young age, the expansion of the Youth Project allows us to provide crucial support to young people moving from Children and Adolescent Mental Health to Adult services.

Find out more about Bipolar UK’s Youth Service

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