World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on March 30th. Affecting up to 40 million people worldwide (WHO, 2022), it is estimated that 1-2% of people in Ireland experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder. It is a complex and chronic condition characterized by extreme changes in mood and energy and can have a profound impact on every aspect of a person’s day to day life.
The aim of World Bipolar Day is to bring global awareness to bipolar disorder, to educate and improve public understanding of the condition, as well as ensuring that anyone impacted by bipolar disorder is familiar with the supports available to them.
To mark World Bipolar Day, we have put together a range of free resources that we hope will be helpful – whether you are living with bipolar disorder, supporting a loved one or simply wish to educate yourself on the condition.
Living With Bipolar Disorder: Personal Perspectives
Please scroll down to see all the free resources available with this campaign, or choose from the menu of options below.
Aware Webinars: Insights into Bipolar Disorder
This webinar looks at how we can best look after ourselves if we experience bipolar disorder or depression. Where we can start, some of the barriers to care and how we can consider helping a loved one.
In this webinar, “Understanding and managing bipolar disorder”, with Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor talk with Sinead Keating and Rick Rossiter, who share their personal experience.
Aware Mental Health Programmes
Empowering yourself with knowledge & tools to live well
Bipolar disorder is a condition that requires lifelong management – and knowledge is an essential first step. If you are living with bipolar disorder or supporting a loved one, we would really encourage you to check out our free positive mental health programmes below. Our Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme and Relatives & Friends Programme open for registration on 27th March with programmes beginning from w/c 17th April.
The Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme is a FREE information and support programme. Educational in nature, the aim of the programme is to provide you with opportunities to understand and manage bipolar disorder effectively, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to live well. The programme is delivered over the course of eight weeks, one session per week, by an experienced mental health professional.
The Relatives & Friends Programme is a FREE psychoeducational programme designed specifically for those supporting a loved one. The aim is to focus on the self-care of the supporter, while also equipping the supporter with the tools to understand and support a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. The programme is delivered over the course of four weeks, one session per week, by a mental health professional.
Blogs: Lived Experience Stories & Clinical Insights
In this blog series, our wonderful ambassadors offer valuable insights into their experiences of bipolar disorder.
Clinical experts and ambassadors offer their insights into bipolar disorder, its impact, supports and public/media perceptions.
What is Bipolar Disorder & Tips on Coping
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition which can affect thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. Bipolar disorder can have a profound impact on every aspect of a person’s life, affecting their relationships, family and work life.
It is estimated that 1-2% of people experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder in Ireland. A correct diagnosis is essential for successful treatment. It is characterised by periods of low (depressed) or high (elated) mood separated by periods of normal mood. One can lead a healthy and productive life once the illness is effectively treated.
If you are looking for information and resources to help you as you support a loved one who experiences bipolar disorder, we have some helpful actions and options below.