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! 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.