The Bipolar Commission was set up by Bipolar UK, thanks to generous funding from a charitable foundation advised by Porticus. Both Bipolar UK and Porticus share a common agenda to support the most vulnerable members of society.

  • Research suggests people with bipolar are twenty times more likely to die by suicide.

  • The purpose of the Bipolar Commission is to investigate the level of care and treatment experienced by people living with bipolar in the UK.

  • It will consider in particular whether people with bipolar are achieving parity of services and whether the health service is doing it all it can to reduce their risk of suicide.

  • In considering the issues in the remit, the Bipolar Commission will complete analysis of the evidence before making any recommendations. It will take an open and consultative approach to its work.

  • The information it uses will be gathered through wide-ranging research and consultations, including visits, discussions with clinicians, people affected by bipolar, representative bodies, government and academics.

  • In reporting to the government, the Bipolar Commission will explain the procedures it used, along with the reasons for its recommendations. The minimum requirement for formal meetings of the Bipolar Commission is 5 commissioners.

  • The Commission will collect evidence UK and will tailor its recommendations to the devolved administrations who are responsible for health.

  • Bipolar UK is working in partnership with Bipolar Scotland to deliver its recommendations to the Scottish Government.

  • Commissioners have been selected to ensure a balance of lived experience and professional expertise.