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Living with Bipolar Disorder

“People who have bipolar disorder experience extreme swings in mood – from periods of overactive, excited behaviour – known as ‘mania’ or ‘manic episodes’ – to deep depression. Between these severe highs and lows, people may have stable times.” (Mind)

The aim of this interactive session is to describe the symptoms of bipolar disorder and equip you with a better understanding of what it’s like to have bipolar disorder.

The course will also identify a range of behaviours and skills that can help you to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder and support mental health and wellbeing.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be familiar with the symptoms associated with bipolar disorder and mood swings
  • Have considered the range of experiences individuals, family and friends might have
  • Have considered the effects of labelling and stigma on those living with bipolar disorder, and the way it is represented in the media
  • Be familiar with some of the research and theories relating to bipolar disorder and mood swings
  • Consider some of the interventions and approaches used to help people living with bipolar disorder, including:
  • The ways that we can help to promote recovery from a bipolar disorder
  • The barriers to recovery and ways to overcome them.

Lead tutors: Lucy Burthem and Caroline Cardillo

“I am leaving the course with a deeper understanding of “bipolar” and educated in the disorder which has helped to dismiss myths and taboos which I have encountered.”


Dates, Times and Venues

11 November 2019 – 10am to 4pm
Training Room, J Block, 2nd Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR

11 February 2020 – 10am to 4pm
blueSCI, Coppice Library & Wellbeing Centre, Coppice Avenue, Sale, Manchester M33 4ND


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