Rotary and Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is delighted to be working in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland. Together, we aim to reach and support 20% more people affected by bipolar in our first year.

Upcoming fundraising events

World Bipolar Day Campaign

Rotary Bipolar eClub

Bipolar UK 40th Birthday Celebrations

Could it be bipolar?

Understanding Bipolar

Rotary partnership

Rotary resources




Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is the only national charity dedicated to supporting those affected by bipolar and offers a range of support for everyone affected by the condition:

'I wouldn't have been able to have the life I do now if it wasn't for Bipolar UK and the amazing people I have met. I owe my life to Bipolar UK and I know others feel the same.' Cameron

The Bipolar Commission

Launched in March 2021, the Bipolar Commission is one of the largest engagement exercises of its kind in the mental health sector. Over 100 experts and people with lived experience were interviewed, and more than 7000 people responded to a series of surveys.

The Commission aims to identify challenges in the healthcare system and to present recommendations for change – positive change that will improve the lives of those affected by bipolar and dramatically reduce the risk of suicide.

The first two reports ‘Bipolar Diagnosis Matters’ and ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ were published in October 2021 and March 2022 respectively. The full Bipolar Commission report will be available in November 2022.

You can read the reports and about the work of the Bipolar Commission here

Get in touch at [email protected]

Funds are essential to enable us to continue doing all the work that we do. As well as increasing awareness and understanding of bipolar and Bipolar UK’s services, with your help we hope to raise lots of money to support our work. This will enable us to reach and support more people.

'Bipolar UK peer support groups are like a life preserver. I’ve been coming to the meetings for five years and they keep me afloat. They make me feel I’m not alone in living with this condition.’ Olly

Why every penny really does make a difference

£10 helps someone get peer support from our eCommunity
£50 helps someone get peer support via call-back or email
£500 helps 820 people find information via our website
£1000 helps 13 people get peer support on Zoom
£5000 helps 560 people use our services for a month to stay well

If you would like more information about how to get involved in fundraising activities for Bipolar UK, then visit our events page and download our Fundraising Pack.

World Bipolar Day Campaign

World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on 30 March, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was diagnosed with bipolar after he died. The vision of World Bipolar Day is to encourage understanding about what bipolar is – and isn’t – and to banish stigma from the face of the planet.

How you and your Rotary club can get involved in the run-up to this World Bipolar Day 2024:

We have a number of projects that your club or district can take on:

If you would like to find out more or you would like help creating a version of one of these projects to suit your area’s needs or your club’s fundraising capabilities, please get in touch, we are happy to help! [email protected]

You can also:

  1. Help raise awareness of bipolar and Bipolar UK’s services in your community
  2. Fundraise so that Bipolar UK are able to offer lifesaving support to more people (commit to a target of £100, £500 or £1000)
  3. Take part in our ‘Pole to Pole’ challenge and help us collectively cover 20,004km before next World Bipolar Day

Click here to find out more

Fundraising ideas and stories

We would love to share your fundraising stories and photos, and to discuss all of your fundraising ideas – please get in touch: [email protected]

Rotary Pole-to-Pole virtual walk

Why not join fellow Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland to walk collectively from Pole to Pole for Bipolar UK? With a joint target of 20,004km, you can get active, get together for some local walks and enjoy participating in a nationwide challenge.

Sign up here:

'Contributing steps every day and working as part of a team makes me feel like I'm achieving a greater good. It has motivated me to walk and exercise more, which helps my mental health.' Steffi

Our Pole-to-Pole walk was inspired by our Blackpool Peer Support Group – the Bootiful Soles - who took on the challenge of virtually walking the Pan-American Highway at the beginning of lockdown.

Walkers in a wooded area.

'It’s been great fun doing the Pan-American Highway with Bootiful Soles — such an amazing distance that I thought was impossible when we started. Being out, listening to the birds and watching the trees change through the seasons has been wonderful.' Jane

You can read more about the Bootiful Soles and their challenge here.

More fundraising events

Running events — from marathons and ultra-marathons to small local events, have a look here to find a challenge that suits you

Skydiving — take on the challenge of a tandem Skydive for Bipolar UK

Blue sky with sky divers

How to donate

You can donate funds raised through our website

  • Donate here
  • For fundraising events, you can set up a page with JustGiving or a similar platform and select us as your charity
  • You can send cheques to Bipolar UK, 32 Cubitt Street, London WC1X 0LR

For information about paying by BACS or other ways to send in your funds raised, please get in touch at [email protected]

Updated: 13 July 2023