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

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: The group is run by Bipolar UK and our volunteer 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 their developing campaigning work.

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. We also run Youth Support Groups for people aged 18-25 who are affected by bipolar. 

Q: There's no Support Group in my area - what can I do?

A: We're always working to establish new Support Groups. If you're interested in helping to set up a support group in your area please call us on 0333 323 3885 or email groupdevelopment@bipolaruk.org