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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.