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Staying home with Bipolar

A booklet developed to help people affected by bipolar disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic is now available for use across Australia.

“Staying Home with Bipolar: Information for the Coronavirus Emergency” was produced by Bipolar Australia using funds donated by the MAX Foundation, the charitable foundation of one of Australia’s largest employment services providers, MAX Solutions. The 16-page booklet provides ideas and resources to help people living with bipolar, including families and carers, cope more effectively with the societal changes that have been introduced to reduce the impact of the virus, such as physical distancing and working from home.

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The project was part of Bipolar Australia’s ongoing commitment to support all Australians impacted by bipolar. Many people are feeling isolated and anxious because of the need to stay at home. The ‘Staying Home with Bipolar’ resource will give Australians with lived experience of bipolar and their families tips and tools that they can use to continue successfully managing the condition while minimising the impact of COVID-19

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– Executive Director Susana Bluwol

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The guide was an example of the positive impact that the organisation’s charitable foundation delivers through employee contributions and matched company donations. I am very pleased that the MAX Foundation has been able to assist the 598,000 Australians with bipolar disorder during this difficult time. Our organisation supports many customers who have complex mental health conditions, such as bipolar, and we look forward to sharing this guide in the communities we work with.

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– MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood

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Reducing the impact of the recent social and economic changes on people living with bipolar would ensure that more health system resources are available to support patients affected by COVID-19. We encourage every person with bipolar to read this short guide, and to take steps that can reduce their risk of becoming unwell. When we all work together to improve the wellbeing of Australians with bipolar, we are also helping those who will be seriously affected by the coronavirus over the coming months.

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– Bipolar Australia Board of Directors Chair, Scientia Professor Philip Mitchell AM

Staying home with Bipolar Booklet

You can read this Booklet online for free. But if you’d like to have your own copy, you may download it now for a Tax Deductible Donation of only $5. If you wish to donate $15 or more, you will also receive a copy of our earlier booklet, Coming Home with Bipolar. To purchase printed copies of this booklet, please email us at info@bipolaraustralia.org.au.

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Psychological Therapy and Counselling

Primary Health Networks are funded by the Australian Government to provide psychological therapy and counselling services to priority and at risk groups in their regions.

Staying Connected

There are many ways you can be socially connected to the people in your life while still staying physically distant. Find apps and services to connect with the people in your life, access appropriate support for bipolar and get help with video communication and technology.

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Resources for supporting others

Helping your local community is a good way to stay connected with others during the coronavirus emergency.

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Support for Families and Carers

Your needs as a carer are important. Some of the services which may be able to help you .

Worksheets

Bipolar Australia has prepared two worksheets which you can use to make small changes that will help you stay well, and plan ahead for the week.