MDF The BiPolar Organisation
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
MDF The Bipolar Organisation was established in 1983 (as the Manic Depression Fellowship) to enable people affected by bipolar disorder to take control of their lives. They are unique in being the only organisation specialising in support for bipolar disorder and are one of the largest user-led organisations in the mental health sector, with 5,000 members.
Over 20,000 people benefit from their services each year. These include a national network of 130 support groups in England and Wales, an interactive website, a legal advice line, information and publications, travel insurance and life assurance, and self management for people with bipolar disorder. They also campaign for more research into the causes of bipolar disorder and its treatment, and dispel the fear and stigma surrounding this condition and mental ill health in general.