Bipolar UK is pleased to announce its latest research partnership with The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health, based at Lancaster University.

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The study is exploring the effectiveness of psychological therapies for older people affected by bipolar. It will investigate how interested individuals are in this type of therapy, which aspects of the therapy are most useful, and the impact it can have on a range of outcomes, including recovery and quality of life.

Participants will be asked about their current moods, symptoms, quality of life and self-management strategies. They will then be randomly allocated to either receive recovery-focused psychological therapy for 6 months (up to 14 sessions) or continue with their usual treatment.

All participants will be followed up throughout the 12 month study period and asked to complete questionnaires.

Recent research into recovery-focused CBT interventions has shown their effectiveness for individuals with bipolar but little research has been done with older people over the age of 60.

If you would like to get involved in this study, please contact Dr Elizabeth Tyler at the Spectrum Centre by emailing e.tyler@lancaster.ac.uk or call 07967 837 938.

Find out more about the Spectrum Centre at Lancaster University.

Read more about Bipolar UK's current research partnerships.