Why Bipolar UK exists:

Bipolar is one of the biggest mental health challenges of the 21st century:

  • 3 million people in the UK have bipolar. That’s one in fifty people
  • Bipolar increases an individual’s risk of suicide by up to 20 times
  • It takes an average of 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar
  • Bipolar has a huge impact on families and friends
  • 60% of people living with bipolar get no treatment or support for the condition
  • People impacted by bipolar need specialist services 

What we do:

Bipolar UK is the only national charity dedicated to empowering individuals and families affected by bipolar. Peer support is at the core of our work. Our integrated service consists of:

  • More than 85 peer support groups for people affected by bipolar, facilitated by trained and supported volunteers – during Covid-19 these are being temporarily replaced by Zoom groups
  • A moderated eCommunity with over 5,000 active users
  • One-to-one peer support provided by telephone and email, recognising that face-to-face support groups and a digital service will not be for everyone
  • Information and resources provided on our website which is accessed by almost 300,000 people a year
  • We empower approximately 1,000 people per month to stay well and have the ambition to reach thousands more

Our Vision:

Everyone affected by bipolar can live well and fulfil their potential.

Our Mission:

To empower everyone affected by bipolar to live well and fulfil their potential. 

Our Strategic Aims:

  • Provide a comprehensive peer support service for people affected by bipolar and increase the reach of our delivery.
  • Act as the voice of our community to change public attitudes and build a society that enables people affected by bipolar to live well and fulfil their potential.