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It gives us great pleasure to invite you to Bipolar UK's exclusive screening of 'UNTOGETHER' at the prestigious Mayfair Theatre on Tuesday 4th July 2019 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Please join friends and guests for an impactful screening, an inspiring and fun evening, mingling over good company and drinks. You can register your interest here.  We will be fundraising on the night and 100% of funds raised go directly to support Bipolar UK's peer support approach helping those living with bipolar both online, over the phone and face to face. Story: UNTOGETHER is the story of Nick (Jamie Dornan) and Andrea (Jemima Kirke) whose one night stand evolves into something more, though the exact parameters are blurry and undefined. He is a doctor and author whose heroics in the Middle East gained him international fame. She is a writing prodigy fully consumed with destructive vices, navigating Los Angeles without a driver's license or credit card and sharing a home with her sister Tara...
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Our Support Groups are free to attend and are open to anyone affected by bipolar, including family, friends and carers. Find out more about what happens at a Support Group. Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month. Please note: There will be no meeting in June 2019. Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm Accessibility Info: The venue is fully accessible Postcode: NP44 1QS
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We need volunteers for one day a week for a three month period starting in July at our central London office. Do you want to kick start or enhance your career by reaching out and helping others, or just play your part in improving the life of people affected by bipolar? We offer training, ongoing support and expenses, including your travel if you live in the London area. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals, whether or not they have a bipolar diagnosis or support others who do. We would like to appoint keen learners who have a passion for helping others. To apply contact mmorgan@bipolaruk.org with your CV by June 30th .
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Job Description Peer Support Officer – Telephone and Email Service Bipolar UK is the national bipolar charity working with and supporting individuals affected by bipolar including carers, families and loved ones Purpose:  The Peer Support Officer role will work within Bipolar UK’s Peer Support Services team to support the delivery of peer support services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for individuals and families affected by bipolar. Telephone and Email Peer Support provides emotional and practical support to individuals and families contacting the charity who are affected by bipolar.  Owing to the complexity and prevalence of the illness, this will involve supporting those concerned about the potential of a diagnosis, those seeking support with a diagnosis, families’ friends and loved ones affected by the illness. The primary nature of the role is providing telephone call backs and email support and supporting volunteer peer support cal...
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Although much progress has been made in understanding bipolar and how it can be managed, research has still not led to either a consensus on the cause or a cure. Some research suggests that there is, if not a known genetic link, then certainly an inherited predisposition to developing bipolar. It is also known that stressful life events may often precede an episode of mania, hypomania or depression. As our understanding of the function of the brain increases, more insights and more effective medication can be developed. This is why Bipolar UK works in partnership with research organisations. You may also like to see this: YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAmsTZb4WHo
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There is no medical test for bipolar. Instead your GP or psychiatrist will usually complete an assessment focusing on your mood swings. They will ask questions about your family history and background, your sleeping pattern, your diet and your behaviour. They may also take notes about when you first experienced symptoms. All this information is relevant to help make an informed diagnosis. You may also like to view: YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAmsTZb4WHo
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There is still time to join the Bipolar UK survey webinar today It starts at 18.00 - 20.00. To join via Skype for business type:1461551.skype@vscene.net into your Skype for Business client, then select 'Start Video Call' Or you can call +44 (0) 300 201 0142, then enter:1461551#.
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1% to 2% of the population experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar and recent research suggests as many as 5% of us are on the bipolar spectrum.1, 2 Bipolar also has a huge impact on family and friends. On average it takes 10.5 years to receive a correct diagnosis for bipolar in the UK and before bipolar is diagnosed there is a misdiagnosis an average of 3.5 times.3 Bipolar increases the risk of suicide by 20 times.4 The World Health Organisation identifies bipolar as one of the top causes of lost years of life and health in 15 to 44 year olds.5 Just 21% of people with a long-term mental health condition are in employment.6 Compared to other health problems, treatment of bipolar is still badly affected by misunderstanding and stigma. Bipolar can affect every aspect of your life and your relationship. Family and friends can all be put under stress. This is why you need to get a correct diagnosis, accept treatment and start to learn how you can adapt your lifestyle to cope w...
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No, everyone has good and not so good days and experiences mood swings. The Bipolar UK mood scale is from 0 to 10 and those not affected by bipolar will experience mood swings between 4 and 6 on the mood scale. If you have bipolar, your mood swings go above stable levels anywhere between a 6 and 10. With bipolar when you experience depression it falls below 4 to as low as suicidal depression of 0. Also the periods of extreme mood usually last longer than a couple of days, more often it lasts weeks or months. Hypomania (6 to 8 on the mood scale). Someone experiencing hypomania can seem very self confident and euphoric but may react with sudden anger, impatience or irritability for the slightest reason. They may become easily distracted, more talkative or challenging. They may become more reckless than usual, which might mean errors of judgement, sometimes involving spending too much money or taking on more than they can cope with. Some people try to deal with their mood swings by...
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Bipolar – sometimes known as manic depression – is a severe mental health condition characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs and depressive lows. The majority of individuals with bipolar experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. Both males and females of any age and from any social or ethnic background can develop the illness. The symptoms can first occur and then reoccur when work, studies, family or emotional pressures are at their greatest. In women it can also be triggered by childbirth or by the menopause. The key to coping with bipolar is an early diagnosis, acceptance of the illness and adapting your lifestyle so you are in control of the symptoms as much as possible. Management of the illness can be achieved through strategies involving medication, health care, therapy and self management.
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