Our support groups run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you're over 18, affected by bipolar or related condition, we'd love to see you

Our Support Groups are free to attend and are open to anyone affected by bipolar, including family, friends and carers. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are on hold. In the meantime, some groups are hosting online zoom meetings. If you would like to know more or join a local or national meeting or come to meetings aimed at particular groups, e.g. carers or young people.

Visit our page "Find a support group near you"

You should be comfortable with zoom as a platform and happy with its privacy and security notice before joining a Bipolar UK zoom session.

Details about zoom are here - zoom recommends upgrading to v5 for its latest security updates.

If you have any technical questions about online/remote groups, please view the zoom FAQs.

Bipolar UK is here to support you during this time and therefore we encourage everyone to use our other services

Please also explore our website for resources and use our Chatbot to ask factual questions. The chatbot is the text box with the orange circle on the right hand side of our web pages.

FAQs about support groups

Q: How can I find my nearest Support Group?

A: Type "Support Group" in the chatbot and you will be asked for your postcode

Q: Who runs the group?

A: Each group is run by Bipolar UK.  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. Sign up online and you will be sent details of the zoom meeting

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 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: What happens if I cannot find a group to attend?

A: Bipolar UK now offers national support meetings open to all. Other ways you can get support if there is not a group local to you are: