RotaryRotary 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. Support our Christmas Campaign to help someone with bipolar feel less #lonelythischristmas Understanding Bipolar Rotary partnership Rotary resources Fundraise Volunteer 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: Website resources accessed by 300,000 people every year Local peer support groups for people affected by bipolar, facilitated by volunteers with lived experience National online peer support groups A moderated eCommunity with over 11,000 active users One-to-one peer support by phone and email A free annual conference on World Bipolar Day A free Mood Tracker app to help manage the condition Taking our 20-minute ‘Understanding bipolar’ eLearning course '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] Understanding Bipolar Partnership Resources Fundraise Volunteer The Rotary - Bipolar UK Partnership 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. Together, we are making a real difference. In this video, Gordon McInally, Rotary International President Elect (2022-23) and Bipolar UK ambassador, talks about the growing mental health challenges and explains why he feels so committed to supporting Bipolar UK. Find out how your Rotary Club can get involved See our full partnership plan Rotary InFocus ‘Staying well with bipolar’ Wednesday 14 December 7pm - 8pm We are delighted that Rotary has invited Bipolar UK to take part in their online InFocus webinar in December. We will be discussing the impact of bipolar and how Rotary members can support Bipolar UK’s vital work. Anyone is welcome to join this free online event. Guest speakers: Simon Kitchen, CEO Bipolar UK, will talk about the work of Bipolar UK and the ways Rotary members can get involved Guy Goodwin, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford University will explain why it’s important to try to prevent bipolar relapses Leah Milner, an award-winning consumer, money and property journalist with lived-experience of bipolar, will shine a light on the self-management techniques she finds helpful Sign up here We were delighted to be joined by Rotary at our parliamentary reception to launch the Bipolar Commission report. Nicki Scott -Rotary International Vice President 2022-23 and Rotary International Director 2021-23, spoke about the potential of our exciting new partnership. Also attending were; Garth Arnold, Robert Morris, Eve Conway, Cheryle Berry, Selwyn Foreman and Judith Pratt. Bipolar UK hosted a stand at Rotary’s Volunteer Expo at the NEC in May 2022. The team spent an enjoyable two days sharing information and ideas with hundreds of Rotarians, including Rotary International President Elect (2022-23) and Bipolar UK Ambassador, Gordon McInally.