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 Bipolar UK resources for Rotarians There are many myths and misconceptions about what bipolar is and isn’t. One of the ways individual Rotary members and Rotary clubs can make a real difference to our community is by learning more about bipolar and helping others to understand the condition. You can do this by: Sharing our three-minute Could it be bipolar? video to support our campaign for earlier diagnosis Sharing our Mood Scale Downloading or telling people about our Mood Tracker app Downloading and sharing our peer support services leaflet Taking our 20-minute ‘Understanding bipolar’ eLearning course Speaker slot resources for your club Why not show one of our videos in a speaker slot? You can choose from our ever-growing library: Recorded for Rotary’s Health Fair in 2022, Bipolar UK ambassador and songwriter/record producer Nicky Chinn chats with Bipolar UK’s Rosie Phillips about living with bipolar and having a successful career. In 2021, mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell and actor/screenwriter Adam Deacon recorded this chat about their personal experiences of mental health and bipolar. If you would like someone from the Bipolar UK team or someone with lived experience of bipolar to speak during your club speaker slot, please get in touch: [email protected] Supporting Ukrainians affected by bipolar Together, Bipolar UK and Rotary Great Britain and Ireland have created a leaflet to support Ukrainians in the UK with information about bipolar, mental health and useful links for accessing migrant help, healthcare and translation services. The information is in both English and Ukrainian. Please share this information leaflet with anyone, or any organisations, who might find it helpful.