Bipolar Scotland

Previously known as Manic Depression Fellowship Scotland, this charity is based in Paisley and works across Scotland.  It is a user-led membership organisation, and supports a network of 12 self-help groups, which benefit around 300 people throughout the country.  Bipolar Scotland provides information, advice, support and education to people with bipolar disorder, their friends, relatives, carers and professionals.  It also encourages research into the condition, and helps to reduce stigma by improving knowledge and understanding.

Bipolar Scotland was successful in a request for £2,450 to fund a programme of self-management training courses.  These will be run in different areas across Scotland, and aim to teach people how to recognise personal triggers and signs of episodes, and skills to manage these effectively at an early stage, thereby preventing a more serious escalation.  The funding was awarded in October 2016.