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Bipolar UK – Norwich Self Help Group for people with Bipolar


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I received a letter from Bipolar UK about establishing a new self-help group for people with Bipolar in Norwich. They are looking for people to attend the group and also run it. This also includes, carers, partners, friends and family members. The meeting is on Tuesday 3rd July at Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane in Norwich and starts at 7.30pm in the evening. Please click on the link above to go to their website.

I think this is a great idea and gives people the opportunity to talk, share and gain advice and information.

Unfortunately I am unable to attend but I have passed the letter to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Mind and several other people I know. I hope the meeting is successful and a group is formed which will help many people.

I am a member of Bipolar UK and they have been very supportive on my project. They put an article in their magazine about ‘Yessica’s Journey’ and Yessica ended up on the front cover of the magazine which was fantastic. They have also supported me with testimonials when I recently applied for additional funding for the project. Thank you to Bipolar UK for all your help and support, I do appreciate it. I have also attended one of their annual events in London which was really interesting. If you want to find out more about this organisation or become a member please click on the link above.

Author: Anastacia

I am a freelance Animator and Illustrator. I am a Director/Producer and Animator of the Yessica's Journey Animation Project

3 thoughts on “Bipolar UK – Norwich Self Help Group for people with Bipolar

  1. Dear Anastasia,
    my brother recently moved to Norwich and has bipolar synfrome. He is in need of help and I am wondering if the support group has started yet. Also what is available for him in Norwich?

    • Hi Florence
      Thanks for getting in contact with me and I hope your brother enjoys living in Norwich, it is a great place to live. I did not attend the meeting but the lady from Bipolar UK rang me and confirmed there was going to be a support group in Norwich which is great, over 20 people came which is amazing. The guy who came up with the idea of having one in Norwich is called Chris. I just checked the Bipolar website and under the self help group section found that it is going ahead. Link: The first meeting date will be on Thursday 6th September 2012 at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane in Norwich at 6.30pm-8.30pm and will meet once a month on the first Thursday in the month. I hope that your brother can attend as it is a new group and it is great to have one in Norwich. If you look at the Bipolar Website there are lots of useful information on there about Bipolar. Also the BBC website has some good information (wrote an article about this earlier with link so scroll down). He might want to get involved in volunteer work like Time to Change which is a campaign about changing attitudes and challenging stigma and discrimination. He might want to become a Champion. You can get involved in lots of events which come to Norwich. There is a link to the website at the side of my blog or under various articles I have written about it. Volunteer work is a great way to help yourself as well as others and you get to know lots of people and what is going on. Also Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind has volunteer work as well as other useful services. They have just launched a new service called LifeHelp. If you go to their website there is more information about it and what your brother could get involved in. Also you could contact the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust which can also help. They run groups and can give your brother lots of useful information and also for carers. You could contact PALS at the NHS who can give you this information. If your brother is using a service in Norwich or has done within the past 3 years he may be interested in joining the Service Users Council group which meets once a month at the Hospital. There is also a carers group. You can also become a volunteer at the NHS. All of this information is on the website and there are also links to everything on my blogsite on the right hand side as well as other interesting links. I am a volunteer with Mind and Time to Change and have found it really beneficial. There is also a Rethink organisation in Norwich. There is a Mental Health Advocacy Service and Disability Rights Norfolk service as well. You could try googling as well, as other things may come up which I am not aware of. BDRN is another organisation which has useful information (see links at side and articles I have written). They are based in Cardiff and you can also become involved in their research which I have done. Your local doctor and surgery will also have useful information. All of these organisations can be found on the internet and there are links to everything at the side of my blogsite and there are links on my ‘Yessica’s Journey’ website. You can ring all of these organisations and ask for advice as there will be lots of help available for your brother. I hope this helps and let me know how you get on. Anastacia

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