Our support groups run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you're over 18, you can just turn up!

Support group update: Please note due to the current Corona Virus outbreak our support groups are on hold please see our online ecommunity www.bipolaruk.org/ecommunity or our peer call back and email service on [email protected] for peer support. Please also explore our website for resources and our Chatbot which has answers to a range of questions.

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.