rainbowcoverBipolar Disorder is more common than is often thought, with 1.4% of the population affected at some point in their lifetime. However, there are effective treatments available and if it is recognised early, through continuing treatment and care, people with bipolar disorder can lead relatively normal and fulfilling lives.

Following a £2m, five year research programme a booklet was written to help people living with Bipolar Disorder advance plan for times when they might be unwell.  The guide was heavily influenced by the research participants and trained mental health law experts, who have helped make sense of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). The MCA is designed to protect people who can't make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so. Unfortunately the MCA has little awareness among people with Bipolar Disorder; this booklet is a big step forward with helping people navigate the law.

Booklet and supporting poster
Download your FREE copy: pdfAdvance Planning for People with Bipolar Disorder.

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People who use this guide will benefit from having peace of mind and feel more secure in the knowledge that their wishes and advance plans for times when they become unwell will be taken in to account.

This guide has been developed by NHS and university partners and is based on extensive research involving people with Bipolar Disorder. We feel it has huge potential to support people with Bipolar Disorder by helping them to retain control as well as protect their welfare, property and finances during periods where they may experience a loss of capacity.

You can also download a free poster advertising the booklet.

The self-management guide is just one part a £2m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programme called PARADES, which stands for; Psychoeducation Anxiety Relapse Advance Directives Evaluation and Suicidality and was led by the University of Lancaster's Spectrum Centre in collaboration with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and the Universities of Nottingham and Manchester.

The guide has been produced by ourselves and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands (CLAHRC EM).