Get support Find your nearest Support Group Find out what happens at our Support Groups Our support groups run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you're over 18, you can just turn up! Holiday and New Year closure: Bipolar UK offices will be closed from Friday 20th December and Re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2020. Please see our Pendulum blog for support options over the holiday period and don't forget our online forum remains accessible 24/7 www.bipolaruk.org/ecommunity. Here are the answers to a few of the frequently asked questions about our Support Groups: Q: How can I find my nearest Support Group? A: Visit our online map to search by postcode or town for a Support Group near you. Q: Who runs the group? A: Each group is run by Bipolar UK and our Volunteer Co-facilitators (who are affected by bipolar themselves) lead the meetings. Q: Do I have to say something at the group? A: No, you don't have to speak if you don’t wish to, but everyone will have the opportunity to do so. Q: Will I be expected to come to all the meetings? A: No, there is no commitment. You can attend as many or as few meetings as you want. Q: Does the group campaign for better mental health services? A: No, the group is there is to provide peer support. However all groups receive information from Bipolar UK about local and national mental health campaigns. Q: Do I have to stay for the whole meeting? A: No, you're free to leave whenever you want Q: When can I join? A: You can join the group at any time. You don't need a referral or to let us know you're coming, just turn up! Q: Can people under 18 attend a group? A: Our Support Groups are intended for people aged 18 and above. If you're aged between 16 and 18 you can attend a Support Group if you're accompanied by a parent or guardian. Q: Can I bring to the meeting my carer/ someone to support me? A: Yes, you are welcome to bring someone with you to the group to provide you with support. If the carer is acting within a professional capacity, we only ask that they attend within this role rather than as an active participant of the group. Q: Can I attend the group for academic or professional reasons? A: No, as these groups are for individuals affected by bipolar to receive support we do not allow people to attend for any academic or professional reasons. Q: Can I speak to someone about a group or to check any details? A: You can contact our support groups team by email on [email protected] Q: What happens if I cannot find a group to attend? A: Bipolar UK have a range of peer support options across different platforms, including an online eCommunity https://www.bipolaruk.org/ecommunity and a telephone call back and email service, https://www.bipolaruk.org/support-line so please do access these if you are unable to find a local support group.