Launch of bipolar group

Tim Woods
Tim Woods

An Eastbourne author who has bipolar is setting up a group for people in the area with the disorder.

Tim Wood was diagnosed in 2006 and soon realised that he had been having the previously unexplained mood swings since early childhood.

The 62-year-old went on to read and research extensively about the disorder and wrote the publication ‘Managing Bipolar - A Self-Help Guide’.

Bipolar Affective Disorder is a chronic health condition where there is a chemical imbalance in the brain which can trigger mood swings from deep depression to manic episodes.

Since his diagnosis he said his most facilitating resource has come from co-facilitating bipolar groups for the NHS where he has helped nearly 150 patients learn about the condition. Since 2007 he has helped run 15 groups and in 2012/13 he also worked for Sussex Oakleaf, which delivers services across Sussex to people who have mental health needs. He resigned his positions there in order to devote time to his passion - to set up the new format of bipolar groups.

The Seaside resident said Managing Bipolar offers both education and support. The free sessions will be run on a drop-in basis once a week so that there is no sense of pressure to attend.

He said the 13 week pilot scheme is to gather evidence to prove to fund holders that a group offering support and education is what is needed.

He added, “It will give participants a taster for what can be achieved in improving the quality of life.

“Once the evidence is collated and presented it is hoped we will then have funds to offer the service on an ongoing basis.”

Some of the topics that are hoped to be covered in the group meetings include ‘How a bipolar brain works’, ‘Motivation’, ‘Problem solving’ and ‘Coping strategies for depression’.

The sessions will be run on a weekly basis from 4.30pm until 6.30pm from January 20 until April 14.

For more information about the group contact Tim on 07946 783913, email: or visit the website: