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What We Do

 

Self Help Groups

Bipolar Scotland grew out of Self-Help Groups and our Groups remain hugely important to us. Our groups meet once a month (usually 7-9pm) and are free to attend. You don’t have to be a Bipolar Scotland member and you don’t need a referral or an appointment. Our groups are places where people who live with bipolar can share ideas and information on how to improve their quality of life. They’re great places for letting off steam about issues that are stressing you and for getting support from people who know what you’re talking about.
 
Our groups are equally open to friends, family and carers of people with a bipolar diagnosis and have regular guest speakers, so please come and join us.
 
If you live in an area which isn’t served by one of our groups and would like to help
set one up, why not get in touch via 0141 560 2050 or info@bipolarscotland.org.uk
we’d love to hear from you.
Find your nearest group from the list below.
Group House Rules
Aberdeen

Next Meeting:

28 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Inchgarth Community Centre, Aboyne Place, Garthdee, AB10 7DR

meets last Thursday of every month

Ayrshire

Next Meeting:

5 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Ayr Action for Mental Health, Strathyre House, 42 Prestwick Road, KA8 8LB

meets first Tuesday of every month

Borders

Next Meeting:

11 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Gala Resource Centre, 69 Gala Park, Galashiels TD1 1EZ

meets second Monday of every month

Dundee

Next Meeting:

28 Nov 2019

7-9pm at Dundee Voluntary Action, 10 Constitution Road, DD1 1LL

meets fourth Thursday of every month

Edinburgh 18-30

Next Meeting:

25 Nov 2019

7-9pm at Private Meeting Room of Starbucks,

120 Princes St,

EH2 4AD

meets last Monday of each month

Fife

Next Meeting:

12 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

St. Bryce Kirk,

St Brycedale Ave Kirkcaldy

KY1 1ET

meets second Tuesday of every month

Forth Valley

Next Meeting:

12 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk

FK1 1JN

meets second Tuesday of every month

Glasgow City

Next Meeting:

13 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Premier Inn George Square, 187 George Street, G1 1YU

meets second Wednesday of every month

Glasgow West

Next Meeting:

27 Nov 2019

7-9pm at

Flourish House, 23-25 Ashley St,

Glasgow

G3 6DR

meets fourth Wednesday of every month

Highland

Next Meeting:

7 Nov 2019

7-9pm Ar n-Aite 86 Church St,

Inverness

IV1 1EP

meets first Thursday of every month

Dumfries

Next Meeting:

21 Nov 2019

7-9pm at Soul Soup,

109 Irish St, Dumfries

DG1 2NP

meets third Thursday of every month

Lothian

Next Meeting:

7 Nov 2019

7-9pm at Stafford Centre, 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh

EH1 3RZ

meets first Thursday of every month

North Lanarkshire

Next Meeting:

11 Nov 2019

7-9pm at Coatbridge Community Centre, 9 Old Monkland Road, ML5 5EA

meets second Monday of every month

Paisley

Next Meeting:

25 Nov 2019

6-8pm at Bianco e Nero Cafe (back room),

27 Gauze St,

PA1 1ES

meets second Monday of every month

West Lothian

Next Meeting:

14 Nov 2019

7-9pm Bathgate Partnership Centre, South Bridge Street, EH48 1TS

meets second Thursday of every month

 

Self Management Training

What People Say

Our SMT course is designed, developed and delivered by people with lived experience of bipolar. It provides learning which seeps more deeply into people’s bones than courses provided by health professionals without lived experience. But don’t believe us – read what recent trainees say about this life-changing experience. And as you can see, we provide the course in locations all over Scotland.

What is it?

Recovering from bipolar is often rooted in an individual’s ability to manage the condition. Bipolar Scotland runs a modular Self-Management Training (SMT) course which teaches people how to recognise personal triggers and early warning signs which can then help them take action to prevent a mood escalating into severe depression or mania. Our SMT course contains five modules:


Module 1: Acceptance
Module 2: Triggers and warning signs
Module 3: Coping strategies and medication management
Module 4: Focussing on the future
Module 5: Bringing it all together

Each SMT course runs over two full days (normally weekends) and a follow-up half-day (morning only) four weeks later. Each course can accommodate 12 people and all participants should be able to participate on all three days. The course can cover some challenging topics so people should only sign up for the course if they feel well and strong and haven’t recently been hospitalised.

 

We try to run 3-4  courses each year in locations around Scotland. All SMT course participants must be Bipolar Scotland members and you can join here  or by calling our office on 0141 560 2050.

How do I Sign Up?
 

Information

Our Information service includes booklets on different aspects of living with bipolar disorder. We are happy to speak to people on the phone during office hours, although this is not an official helpline.  Our staff and volunteers also provide awareness training and talks to organisations and workplaces on living with bipolar disorder.  Please contact us for any further information.

Booklets

Knowledge is power and understanding bipolar will enable you to better manage the condition. The booklets below provide invaluable information about Bipolar Disorder and self-management – please read, download and share.


Bipolar: The Essential Guide
The essential one-stop shop intro to Bipolar Disorder, how it can affect you and how to live with it.


Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy

Can I take my medication during pregnancy? Will it harm my baby? Can pregnancy and childbirth lead to a bipolar relapse?


Bipolar Disorder – Information for Employers
This booklet addresses employers’ concerns about employing someone with bipolar disorder.


Bipolar Disorder – Information for Employees
Should I tell my employer I have bipolar disorder? This booklet tackles these and other issues to help you achieve your work goals.


Mood Monitoring

Mood monitoring is a key aspect of managing bipolar disorder. Monitoring your moods makes you more aware of mood changes and emerging patterns - you can then modify your lifestyle, making changes that will affect your developing moods.


Planning Ahead with an Advance Statement

An Advance Statement lets you say how you’d like to be treated when you are unwell or unable to advocate for yourself. This booklet explains how to write an Advance Statement.