Whether you're a small company or a large organisation, you can contact Bipolar UK for support and information.

The Employment Support service can act as an intermediary to help resolve workplace issues. By using a neutral approach, we can support both employers and employees to find positive solutions.

Support for Employers

How can we help your business?

Developing an understanding of bipolar within your organisation can be a positive experience and can help you in a number of ways. For example;

  • Awareness of bipolar can help you retain talented staff and attract new talent
  • Awareness can help create a support network for workers
  • Develop better understanding and increased sensitivity around mental health issues
  • Develop your business as a diverse employer
  • Help you reduce sickness absence and improve productivity
  • Help you manage the redeployment of staff and develop a multi-skilled workforce to cover the work of others
  • Awareness training can create a more cohesive and supportive workforce
  • Bipolar awareness could help you deal more sensitively with situations
  • Build your confidence in supporting and talking to employees about their condition
  • Help remove barriers in the workplace to increase morale

How can we achieve this?

Free employment support

Bipolar UK can provide impartial support for both you and your employee to find solutions. This can be through email, or telephone.

Awareness training

Bipolar UK can offer awareness training to help understanding the condition and help you support your staff. This training will help you and your staff to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of the condition.
  • Help with understanding the condition.
  • Support you in complying with your legal duties, relation to Health and Safety regulations and duty of care.
  • Gain an insight into the condition through our volunteers into a lived experience of bipolar.
  • Help you support people who access your services.

The awareness training can be tailored to meet your specific needs, and is priced at £500 per session.

Work based training and support

Bipolar UK can offer specific support and training based around the needs of your employee. The employment service will arrange a one to one meeting with your employee to discuss their concerns and how their condition affects them at work, including developing knowledge of their triggers and what support they may need to reduce the risk of becoming ill at work.

This is then followed by a meeting with you, their employer to discuss any highlighted issues and provide support to help you successfully manage them if they became ill at work.

At the end of the session all parties are brought together to discuss what is agreed support and any other measures can be put in place or agree a timetable of implementation.

The employment support service will then return at a convenient date to complete to a specific worked based training session to develop the understanding of Bipolar in your workplace. We will ensure a volunteer is present to share their experiences of bipolar.

This training is an effective preventative tool for employers concerned about how to support people with bipolar. This training can make a real and lasting difference to people's lives, and your organisation.

The employment support service will continue to offer continued telephone and email support for all parties for as long as required after the first two stages are completed. The work based training and support package is priced at £1000 per individual.

How to contact us for support

The Employment Support service offers appointments for initial consultations on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Contact us on 0333 323 3880 or email us at employmentsupport@bipolaruk.org for more information.

Read our Employers' Guide to Bipolar and Employment

Take a look at our Reasonable Adjustments form

Take a look at our useful links about employment and bipolar