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Bipolar Disorder

Local Services        National Organisations                Information

Local Services

Your GP

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties the first step is to see your GP who can assess what is needed. GPs may prescribe medication for mild to moderate mental health problems, and may refer you to practice-based counsellors or therapists. If your GP feels that you need more specialised assessment or treatment he or she may refer you to your local community mental health team for assessment. There is a list of GP surgeries here.

Insight

Early Intervention Service offering support to people aged 14 - 35 years who may be experiencing symptoms of early psychosis. Insight will also support people whose substance misuse severely affects their mental health.
14-16 Union Street
Derry's Cross
Plymouth
PL1 2SR
01752 265775
http://www.thezoneplymouth.co.uk/what-we-do/insight/home.html

Plymouth Bipolar Support Group

is a friendly group for people with bipolar and their partners/carers/supporters. The group meets between 4 and 5.30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, (or the second Monday if the first is a bank holiday).
Please leave any messages for the group on 01752 229962 or contact adamslin4@gmail.com for information.

Torbay Bipolar Group

87 Abbey Rd, Torquay:
01803 292295

National Organisations

BDRN (Bipolar Disorder Research Network)
www.bdrn.org

The Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) is a group of researchers and research participants in the UK undertaking a major study aimed at investigating the underlying causes of bipolar disorder.

MDF The Bipolar Organisation

The major charity working for people with bipolar. Loads of information, self-management courses, and lots more,
Castle Works
21 St. George's Road
London
020 7793 2600
http://www.mdf.org.uk
mdf@mdf.org.uk

Information

Websites

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/bipolar_disorder_manic_depression
Text of the Mind booklet. Most Mind booklets are available for £1 per copy from Plymouth Mind.

Mindcast Bipolar

Siobhan O'Neill talks to Matt Wilkinson about her experience of living with bipolar disorder.
http://soundcloud.com/mindcharity/mindcast-bipolar

Beating Bipolar

A new web-based psycho-educational programme for people with bipolar disorder. At the moment this is not available to people in England, but some resources are available on the MDF website.
http://www.mdf.org.uk/?o=265183

Life with voices

A website designed by people who hear voices, for others that share similar experiences.
http://www.lifewithvoices.co.uk/home

Plymouth Libraries

Plymouth Library Services have these books about Bipolar Disorder:

Self Help
Survivors

 

Books can be reserved for you, and reservations can be made by phone or through the library website.
Central Library 01752 305912
www.plymouth.gov.uk/libraries
On the website there is a "where to find your library" link. There is also an A-Z of library services and under B there is a link to the Book Prescription Scheme. In order to reserve a book and to access some of the links there is a request for the library card number and a four digit pin number, If you do not have a pin number just telephone the library or call in and we can issue one. Loans can also be renewed online if the standard three weeks is not long enough.

 

This factsheet is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions for services or organisations we have missed or if you discover any mistakes please contact us at advice@plymouthmind.myzen.co.uk or on 01752 229962.

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