Published On: 29th April 2022

The Access Foundation awards Bipolar UK with £50,000 grant to aid faster diagnosis

During this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May) The Access Foundation is delighted to announce a £50,000 grant to support Bipolar UK.

Over one million people across the UK (one in fifty) have bipolar, and 60% of people living with the condition get no treatment of support for the condition.

Bipolar UK are the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals affected by bipolar. They provide a range of services including information and advice, a network of support groups, eCommunity, workplace training & telephone and email peer support. They also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues.

There is currently an average delay of 9.5 years in getting a diagnosis during which time people are unable to access the treatment and support they need. The risk of suicide of someone with bipolar is 20 times higher than someone without.

The grant will enable Bipolar UK to reach many more people through a social media campaign which will link back to a "diagnosis portal" with Mood Disorder Questionnaire and resources designed to aid a faster diagnosis.