World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on 30 March, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was diagnosed with bipolar after he died. The vision of World Bipolar Day is to encourage understanding about what bipolar is – and isn’t – and to banish stigma from the face of the planet. Each year Bipolar UK holds its annual conference and runs a number of activities to raise awareness and raise funds to celebrate this day.

Take part in 'Pole to Pole... to Pole' and help fundraise for Bipolar UK

30 April 2023 - 30 March 2024

We are delighted to announce that, six months ahead of schedule, we have collectively travelled 20,004 km – from the North to the South Pole! Thank you everyone!

Before World Bipolar Day on 30 March 2024, we think we can take it one step further and make a full lap of the globe. Will you help us to travel 40,008km - from the North Pole to the South Pole, and then back up to the North Pole again? 

Take a look at where we've been!

Pole to Pole... to Pole! 

Now we've reached the South Pole, help us to get back up to the North Pole and reach our donation target of £10,000.

Join Bipolar UK and Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland in our epic collective challenge to run, walk, swim, cycle, scoot or paddle 40,008km. Together, let's get outside and get active while raising awareness and much-needed funds for Bipolar UK.

You can sign up as an individual or as a local team/club. Every single km will help us achieve this monumental challenge. Do it your way! You can:

  • count every step or km over a set period of time
  • organise a 9.5km* group walk on a special day
  • set yourself/your team a unique challenge

*To represent the average number of years it takes for someone to get a diagnosis of bipolar

Just remember to log your km to help us cross the globe before World Bipolar Day 2024 (Friday 30 March). You can track your progress automatically if you link up through Strava, or manually input your progress as you complete challenges and distances.

It costs £3 (admin fee) to join this event - but please do encourage your friends and family to donate through your fundraising page to support your efforts! Together, we can make it from Pole to Pole!

Register here

For more information or any support, email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Good luck, and happy fundraising!

Watch Bipolar UK's CEO, Simon Kitchen walk 9.5km along Hadrian's Wall to launch the 'Pole to Pole' challenge

Get some local publicity about your Pole to Pole challenge


  1. Download this press release template
  2. Include your name and location in the indicated sections.
  3. Include a quote from you about what you are doing for the challenge, how many kilometres your challenge will be and why you are doing the challenge – this could be that you live with bipolar and would like to raise awareness of the condition, you are doing it because a friend or relative has bipolar or to mark a significant anniversary. You can add as much detail to this as you like, but please try to keep the word count to 200-300 words maximum.
  4. Email your completed press release to your local newspaper’s news desk. You can usually find details for these on their website but may need to call them to ask.
  5. Please include a relevant photo as a JPG file alongside the press release.
  6. If you need any support with this, please email [email protected] and we will be pleased to help.

More ways to get involved next World Bipolar Day 2024:

  1. Encourage understanding of the condition by watching and sharing our free eLearning course
  2. Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #letstalkbipolar
  3. Donate - £10 allows us to support somebody via our eCommunity
  4. Fundraise - there are lots of ways to get involved

Last World Bipolar Day in 2023, the Bipolar UK community came together for our free annual online conference, which was watched by over 3000 people.

Watch the highlights here

Our brilliant line-up of speakers included:

  • Conference host, Bipolar UK ambassador and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’, Leah Charles-King  
  • Bipolar UK CEO Simon Kitchen who gave a charity update and explained what to do if you think you may have bipolar – and how to overcome the obstacles to diagnosis
  • 4 world-leading experts and people with lived experience on how to manage the bipolar symptoms that no-one talks about, including hypersexual behaviour, overspending, paranoia and disrupted sleep
  • Bipolar UK Director of Research Dr Tania Gergel and international academics on the latest bipolar-related research
  • TV presenter Nadia Sawalha, her husband Mark Adderley and psychiatrist Dr Nick Prior in conversation about how a diagnosis of bipolar can impact relationships and family life
  • Bafta-winning creator of BBC3’s ‘In My Skin’ Kayleigh Llewellyn, author and environmental activist Mya-Rose Craig (AKA ‘Birdgirl’) and Bipolar UK podcast host and ambassador Emma Belle in conversation about parenting with bipolar
  • Boxer Frank Bruno and mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell in conversation about how to live well with bipolar – plus there’ll be a bit of boxing chat!

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Last updated: 19 October 2023