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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Torbay Bipolar Group
87 Abbey Rd, Torquay:
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,
21 St. George's Road
020 7793 2600
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Text of the Mind booklet. Most Mind booklets are available for £1 per copy from Plymouth Mind.
Siobhan O'Neill talks to Matt
Wilkinson about her experience of living with bipolar disorder.
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
Life with voices
A website designed by people who
hear voices, for others that share similar experiences.
Plymouth Library Services have these books about Bipolar Disorder:
- Bipolar II: enhance your highs, boost your creativity, and escape the cycles of recurrent depression; Ronald Fieve
- The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David Miklowitz
- Life on a roller-coaster: living well with depression and manic depression; Madeleine Kelly
- Overcoming Mood Swings; M Fennell
- Surviving manic depression: a manual on bipolar disorder; Torrey & Knable
- Why am I still depressed?: recognizing and managing the ups and downs of bipolar II and soft bipolar disorder; Jim Phelps
- You don't have to be famous to have manic depression: the insider's guide to mental health; Jeremy Thomas & Tony Hughes
- Madness: a bipolar life; Marya Hornbacher
- The pits and the pendulum: a life with bipolar disorder; Brian Adams
Books can be reserved for you, and reservations can be
made by phone or through the library website.
Central Library 01752 305912
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.
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