Resident setting up bipolar group for the community

Tim Woods

Tim Woods

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

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.

Tim Wood was diagnosed with bipolar in 2006 and went on to write the publication ‘Managing Bipolar – A Self Help Guide’. He has been 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. The 62-year-old said he is running a free 13-week pilot scheme to gather evidence to prove to fund holders that a group offering support and education is what is needed. Some of the topics hoped to be covered in the group meetings include ‘Motivation’ and ‘Coping Strategies for Depression’. The sessions will be run weekly from January 20 until April 14, 4.30pm-6.30pm.

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