Bipolar affective disorder is what is known as a mood disorder, one where your moods can swing from one extreme to another. Sometimes you can be very high (mania), and at other times, very low (depression). The illness affects people in 'episodes', highs and lows so extreme that they can interfere with your normal daily life.
SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They also have a comprehensive website offering advice around mental well-being. They are open every day of the year from 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
0300 304 7000
Gofal provide a wide range of services to people with mental health problems, supporting their independence, recovery, health and wellbeing.
One of Wales' leading charities foe people with serious mental illness and their carers. Help and support of all kinds available, including support groups across Wales.
Advice and support to empower anyone with a mental health problem.
A comprehensive Welsh-language site which offers articles, links and supportive information for those who are living with mental health issues.
A service which can support and advise you if you're living with a mental illness and worried about money.
The Royal College of Psychiatry website has detailed, up-to-date information available about all types of depression and other mental illness, including symptoms and the best treatment options available.