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 email@example.com –
we’d love to hear from you.
Find your nearest group from the list below.
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.
The Bipolar Hub is a pilot project to test a new service for people with Bipolar
Disorder who live in the South Glasgow/East Renfrewshire area. The service is
a joint project between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Bipolar Scotland.
*DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS NOT ALL SERVICES ARE RUNNING CURRENTLY*
The Bipolar Hub is an innovative new service which offers a range of services that complement those available within the current mental health system. When someone is referred to the Hub they will have access to everything on offer and can choose what will help them. There will be clinical services: appointments with a psychiatrist, pharmacist, nurse; Lithium monitoring and medicines information clinics, physical health assessments, sexual and reproductive health clinics; self-management training and self-help groups with Bipolar Scotland and information sessions on a number of topics that will help with everyday life.