Simon Kitchen is the CEO of Bipolar UK and in this episode we get to know a bit about him and how he came to work with Bipolar UK. We talk about the Bipolar Commission research that is being carried out and also what we know so far about the impact of increased risk of suicide for those living with Bipolar.

Key facts

1 in 20 people who take their own life in the UK have a diagnosis of bipolar Someone with bipolar has a suicide risk that’s at least 20 times greater than someone without bipolar, which is higher than someone with major depressive disorder

Yet these statistics don’t reveal the whole picture a subject we touch on several times in this episode. “It’s very likely these figures are hugely underestimated because of the large numbers of people with bipolar who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed,” says Professor Guy Goodwin, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. The real figure is more likely to equate to two people with bipolar taking their own life every day.

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