Welcome to Bipolar UK’s eCommunity, our online discussion forum for all individuals affected by bipolar.

The eCommunity is one of the largest mental health discussion forums in the UK. It is hosted and moderated by the charity providing you with a safe and secure space to pose questions, assist others and openly discuss the challenges and impact of bipolar.

When registering with the eCommunity, you are agreeing to comply with the following policies and procedures. Non compliance can result in removal of individual postings and/or removal of an individual from the service. We would like to draw your attention to our privacy policy, and ask you to pleas read.

  1. When registering, you are asked for specific information including email contact details. This information is held by Bipolar UK and is not shared with any third party.

  2. The eCommunity is hosted and moderated by Bipolar UK. Our moderators are there to support the thousands of eCommunity users in using the forum and ensure our policies are complied with. Please respect the role of our moderators.  Please note core moderating hours are between 8am and 8pm.

  3. The aim of the eCommunity is to provide a space for peer support for anyone affected by bipolar. Bipolar UK reserves the right to remove or edit posts that do not meet this criteria.

  4. We reserve the right to give warnings to individuals if it is felt their posts are detrimental to the eCommunity or others who use the forum, or are in breach of the House Rules.

  5. eCommunity users cannot post links showing their personal contact details, including address, telephone numbers, personal email addresses [or instant messaging] or links to personal blogs and websites. Any posts providing personal contact details will be removed.

  6. eCommunity users should not post photos or links to photos that show themselves or others in an identifiable way, this includes using photos of real people as your avatar.

  7. The eCommunity is intended for people aged 18 and above. If you are aged between 16 and 18 you can use the eCommunity if you have the support of a parent or guardian.

  8. To ensure the eCommunity is inclusive and safely moderated, all posts should be in English.
  9. Show respect for each other

  10. Be courteous to others at all times

  11. Allow others to have their say

  12. Refrain from using offensive - including sexually explicit – language. The moderator has final word and will remove posts.

  13. Refrain from using sexist or racist comments or behaviour

  14. Refrain from attacking others or using offensive words or phrases to describe others
  15. The eCommunity is a service for individuals affected by bipolar, it is not a marketing or communication medium for companies, researchers or products. All posts of this nature will be removed.

  16. Links to items for sale or the promotion of commercial website is not allowed on the eCommunity.

  17. Bipolar UK is not able to recommend individual doctors, psychiatrists or other medical professionals. This rule also applies to the eCommunity and we ask that users also refrain from doing so.

  18. On occasion individuals may discuss difficult and highly personal feelings and experiences. Thoughts of suicide are, unfortunately, a challenge many of us face. Each discussion differs, but general speaking it is not Bipolar UK’s intention to remove postings because they refer to suicide. We absolutely will remove postings when for example, those postings refer to methods of suicide or promote self-harm. As a consideration to more sensitive eCommunity members we ask that you post about suicidal thoughts, self-harm or other subjects that may trigger people only in the ‘Contested’ forum area of the eCommunity.

  19. Moderators routinely visit the eCommunity completing a range of tasks, including supporting individual users.  However, as mentioned in (rule 18) above, people will at times post difficult, emotional and highly personal feelings.  Therefore, we would like to draw your attention to our core moderating times, which are between 8am and 8pm.  We would also like to make you aware Bipolar UK does not have a dedicated Crisis Support Service.  Therefore, if you are in Crisis at any time, the following support is available. Call The Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected]. Contact SANEline on 0300 304 7000 between 4.30pm and 10.30pm each evening.  Call NHS 111 by dialing 111.  Contact your GP Surgery, in and out of hours.  If you are under the care the Community Mental Health or Crisis Team you can call them. You can also go to your local Accident and Emergency Department and ask to see the on-duty psychiatrist.   If you feel at immediate risk call 999.   You may also find it helpful to access our other forms of Peer Support Bipolar UK offer such as Support Groups and Peer Email and Call Back, as part of your self-management details of which are also on our website. Personal support networks can also be valuable as a resource.

  20. Bipolar UK is non-partisan in matters regarding religion. Users should not promote one religion or belief over another, or suggest that the answer to someone’s problem is a certain religion, belief or religious group. eCommunity users can refer to themselves as belonging to a particular religion or belief, but it should only be for information and not to promote that religion or suggest that their beliefs make them a better person than others. We ask that all service users respect our position on this.

  21. Bipolar UK is non-partisan in matters regarding politics. Users should not promote one political party or viewpoint over another, or suggest that it is the solution to a particular issue. eCommunity users can refer to themselves as supporting a particular political party or viewpoint, but it should only be for information and not to promote that position. We ask that all service users respect our position on this.

  22. Confidentiality. Where Bipolar UK has a concern that an individual’s health and safety is at risk or we believe criminal action either has been committed or there is an intention to undertake a criminal action, we will remove the posting and take appropriate action making a referral to or seeking advice from the police or another front line service including for example, paramedics or social services.

  23. The views of individuals expressed on Bipolar UK’s eCommunity do not necessarily represent the views of Bipolar UK.

If you require additional information, please call us on 0333 323 3880 or email [email protected]