Copyright © Bipolar Scotland 2018 

About Us

Founding

Founded in 1992, we are Scotland’s national charity for everyone who lives with bipolar disorder and those who care for them. We:

Challenge stigma and discrimination while representing the views of people who live with bipolar to politicians and health professionals.

Run self-help groups throughout Scotland. 

Provide training courses on how to self-manage bipolar.

Provide useful information on everything to do with bipolar.

Our Members

Our members decide our priorities and we’re governed by a Board of Directors elected at our Annual Conference. Each Director serves for three years and must be re-elected to continue as a Director – most of our Directors live with bipolar disorder.


The Board meets every six weeks to govern Bipolar Scotland while our Chief
Executive manages us on a day to day basis.

 

Contact Us

Do you want urgent information on bipolar disorder or need the address of your local self-help group? Do you want to tell us how wonderful we are… or where we must do better? Get in touch by any of the methods listed below.

Telephone

Local

0141 560 2050

Outside the UK

00 44 141 560 2050

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Address

Mail To:

Studio 1015
Mile End Mill
Seedhill Road
Paisley PA1 1TJ

Email Us

Needing Help

If you’re feeling really low and feel there’s a risk you might harm yourself or someone else, please try to speak to someone who can offer support and understanding – this could be a friend, a family member, a mental health professional or a work colleague. Talking on its own can’t solve problems but it’s better than bottling things up and feeling overwhelmed.  Remember the old saying – a trouble shared is a trouble halved. Talking to someone you trust can be a really good first step towards addressing your problems.

 

Finally, when you feel able, please update your Doctor on how you’re feeling and the difficulties you’ve faced. Your GP should be your first port of call for all mental and physical health issues and if they can’t help you straight away, they should be able to put you in touch with someone who can. If you don’t feel able to discuss your issues with your GP, please think about changing your GP or moving to a GP in a different practice – everyone has a right to good mental health and compassionate understanding from every health professional they meet.


If you’re looking for advice or assistance on a specific issue – such as addictions, money, housing etc - please visit Useful Contacts for more advice and information.

Call at 0800 83 85 or visit their website at www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk.

 

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. It provides a safe and supportive space and Breathing Space staff will offer helpful advice and information. Breathing Space is available Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

Call the at 116 123 or visit their website at www.samaritans.org.

 

The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone experiencing distress or at risk of suicide and they operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Find local Scottish contacts and details by visiting here

Call SANELine on 0300 304 7000 or visit their website at www.sane.org.uk. SANE is a mental health charity formed in 1986 to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by mental illness. SANE runs a national out-of-hours helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. It is open 365 days a year between 4.30pm - 10.30pm.

You can also call NHS24 on 111 to access the Community Mental Health Team and Crisis Service.

 

NHS24 can put you in touch with Crisis Intervention Teams who work with local teams to ensure that people experiencing difficulties or who are at risk of suicide can access Mental Health Practitioners 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Call at 0800 068 4141 or visit their website at www.papyrus-uk.org.

HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for people under 35 who may be thinking of suicide and anyone worried that a young person may be thinking of suicide.  A HOPELineUK advisor will discuss the things that are contributing to thoughts of suicide and provide advice on how to cope with suicidal thoughts and where to access help.  HOPELine UK is linked to Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Hopeline is open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and 2pm-10pm on Bank Holidays. 

Call CALM on 0800 585858 or visit their website at www.thecalmzone.net. CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.  It offers support to men in the UK of any age who are down or in crisis through its helpline, webchat and website. The CALM helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, listen and receive information - calls are free from landlines, pay phones and mobiles.

Samaritans

Call at 0800 83 85 or visit their website at www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk.

 

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. It provides a safe and supportive space and Breathing Space staff will offer helpful advice and information. Breathing Space is available Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

Call the at 116 123 or visit their website at www.samaritans.org.

 

The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone experiencing distress or at risk of suicide and they operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Find local Scottish contacts and details by visiting here

NHS 24

You can also call NHS24 on 111 to access the Community Mental Health Team and Crisis Service.

 

NHS24 can put you in touch with Crisis Intervention Teams who work with local teams to ensure that people experiencing difficulties or who are at risk of suicide can access Mental Health Practitioners 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

CALM

Call CALM on 0800 585858 or visit their website at www.thecalmzone.net. CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.  It offers support to men in the UK of any age who are down or in crisis through its helpline, webchat and website. The CALM helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, listen and receive information - calls are free from landlines, pay phones and mobiles.

HOPELineUK

Call at 0800 068 4141 or visit their website at www.papyrus-uk.org.

HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for people under 35 who may be thinking of suicide and anyone worried that a young person may be thinking of suicide.  A HOPELineUK advisor will discuss the things that are contributing to thoughts of suicide and provide advice on how to cope with suicidal thoughts and where to access help.  HOPELine UK is linked to Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Hopeline is open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and 2pm-10pm on Bank Holidays. 

SANE

Call SANELine on 0300 304 7000 or visit their website at www.sane.org.uk. SANE is a mental health charity formed in 1986 to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by mental illness. SANE runs a national out-of-hours helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. It is open 365 days a year between 4.30pm - 10.30pm.