About bipolar Your stories The value of peer support A Tribute to Alan Mitchell One of Bipolar UK’s founding chairmen, Alan Mitchell has unfortunately passed away at New Year. A pivotal figure back when the charity was known as the Manic Depression Fellowship, Alan was a champion for the organisation’s focus on helping those affected by Bipolar. Back in the early eighties when the charity was finding its way Alan steered the charity in maintaining its vision to support everyone affected by bipolar disorder He was keen to assert at the time one of our founding principles that still resonates today that we should work to dispel the stigma, secrecy and widespread ignorance of manic depression. Manic depressives, he thought, should be more open about the condition and still find suitable jobs. Alan Mitchell is survived by his wife, who with him ran one of the first local peer support groups for over ten years. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. Simon Kitchen, CEO Bipolar UK You may also like to view this: 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.