Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives. Each year we reach out to and support more than 70,000 individuals and families through our services and information/advice publications. We also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues.
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How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
Working with and supporting individuals and families affected by bipolar, we proactively work to support those affected by suicide and hopefully help reduce the risk of suicide (unfortunately the risk of suicide increases by 20 if you have a diagnosis of bipolar).
Through our range of support services including launching dedicated crisis support, our partnership working and being part of the NSPA are core to achieving the overall objective of reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected.
What are your current priorities?
We will develop a dedicated Crisis Support service for individuals and families affected by bipolar, fully participate in the NSPA including the offer to moderate the members forum, and further develop our communications & policy capacity to engage with service users, professionals and others.
What challenges are you currently facing?
As a small national charity facing unprecedented service demand, the major challenge is ensuring we have the resources and capacity to continue meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by bipolar.