HealthCanal (www.healthcanal.com) has reported that people diagnosed with bipolar disorder can now access a unique on-line programme designed to help manage their condition.
Developed by Dr Daniel Smith, Dr Ian Jones and Professor Nick Craddock from the School of Medicine’s National Centre for Mental Health, Beating Bipolar an interactive internet based programme that aims to improve understanding of the condition. It includes video of professionals and people with lived experience of bipolar disorder and discuses various approaches that many have found to be beneficial. The 8 interactive modules cover the following topics:
- What is bipolar disorder
- What causes bipolar disorder
- Relapse prevention and early intervention
- Psychological Approaches
- Partners, Families and Carers
- Women and Bipolar Disorder
HealthCanal have said of the project:
‘Dr Daniel Smith who led the development whilst at Cardiff said: “We think Beating Bipolar is a great introduction to a disorder which can be complicated but which is ultimately manageable.
“Within the NHS bipolar disorder tends to miss out on psychosocial treatment approaches so this web-based programme fills an important gap at very low cost.
“We are delighted that we have been able to make the programme available for free via the internet and hope that the information and tools provided make it easier for patients and families to manage bipolar disorder more effectively.”‘
The programme is available at: www.beatingbipolar.org.