More than a million people in the UK have bipolar and many of them experience their first episode of severe mania or depression in their late teens or early twenties.
Bipolar increased the risk of suicide by up to 20 times. It affects every aspect of an individual’s life and has a huge impact on family and friends.
Bipolar UK’s Youth Service supports young people who are concerned about the potential of bipolar, have a diagnosis of bipolar or are affected by bipolar, as well as their families.
On average a person is misdiagnosed 3.5 times before a correct diagnosis of bipolar is given, taking an average of ten and a half years.
With many people experiencing their first symptoms at a young age, the expansion of the Youth Project allows them to provide crucial support to young people moving from Children and Adolescent Mental Health to Adult services.
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