Coronavirus Emergency - How We Can Support You The government has announced unprecedented measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. This will have a profound effect on the country and in particular people affected by bipolar. It has never been more important that we come together as a community and help each other through this difficult time. We have produced a helpful guide that will be of value to you in these times of uncertainty. Our priority as a charity is to keep our staff, supporters, and volunteers safe and to continue to provide vital support for people affected by the condition.We have taken the difficult decision to suspend our support groups until a time when the government says that group gatherings are safe again. We have suspended volunteering at our office and all staff are now working from home. It will take a few days to get our new systems up and running so apologies in advance for any delays in responding to questions and queries. Whilst we are taking all steps possible to minimise disruption to our operations, this does mean at the current time we have no access to our post and would encourage anybody reaching out, to do so by electronic communications where at all possible. Importantly though we are rolling up our sleeves and doing everything we can to help people affected by bipolar to get through this.Our moderated eCommunity is free to use and open seven days a week. You can sign up anonymously here and talk to other people affected by bipolar who are going through the same as you.We will continue to operate a call back and email service for people to get advice and guidance and to just have a chat to relieve some of the loneliness of self-isolation. To arrange a call back please email us. We have many blogs which can be found in our pendulum section that have been penned by those living with bipolar that you may find helpful too: Self Isolating With Bipolar Disorder Tips For Staying Well Staying Connected During Covid-19 Living Well In These Hard Times We will also be exploring other ways of using digital technology to facilitate more online peer support. Alongside this we will be providing regular advice on our website on how to self-manage during the emergency and working behind the scenes to ensure people can still access their medication. If you’re struggling to get access to any medication please email as we can campaign on your behalf, but if you have questions about medication please contact your pharmacist or clinician in the first instance. For all finance related queries, including payment of invoices or expenses, our staff are contactable on [email protected]. This is a fast moving situation and we will continue to keep you updated with further developments. If you would like to donate to help keep these services going and to enable us to reach out to more people affected by bipolar who are currently self-isolating you can do so here. Simon Kitchen, CEO Bipolar UK You may also like to see: Donate to Bipolar UK today Your donation will help provide a range of services offering the support people need, when they need it. You can make sure there's someone at the end of the phone to listen, a nearby group to share experiences, a 24-hour peer forum and more. Together, we can support the person behind the diagnosis of bipolar.