During this time of uncertainty, we have seen a rise in stress, anxiety, low mood and behaviours associated with mania. One member needed much support after spending over £1000 on clothes in ASDA. We don’t know the long-term impact this will have on the public but our community is already vulnerable and at increased risk. We want to offer a just recovery to those most at risk, vulnerable and isolated.
Bipolar disorder affects 2% of the general population and those with lived experience of bipolar are not only required to deal with the symptoms, but must also deal with stigma, challenges with relationships, employment and a poorer quality of living, when compared to the general population. There is no cure and the average life expectancy for those with a diagnosis is 55 years old.
Our work helps to prevent relapses, reduces hospital admissions and significantly improves quality of life for people with lived experience of bipolar. We have developed a values driven peer support initiative where Peer Support Workers use their own lived experience of bipolar to support our members in a recovery focussed way, developing mutually empowering relationships and help individuals keep well at this difficult time. We need your support to keep it going!