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On 16th December 2020 we successfully raised £420 ( + est. £15.00 Gift Aid ) with 12 supporters in 36 days

to bring hope, aspiration and empathy to those affected by bipolar who may be having an even more difficult time due to Covid-19.

by Bipolar Scotland in Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom

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!

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