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Bi-Polar Affective Disorder (BPAD) is a mood disorder, sometimes called Manic Depression.  It is not always easy to pinpoint mood disorders because the symptoms can change rapidly, and be very different for each individual.  However, BPAD is characterised by a cyclical change from hypomania (feeling extremely happy, excitable, manic) to depressive periods (feeling very low, irritable and down).  In between are mixed episodes of highs and lows, and the severity and length of the extremes can vary from person to person.  If you are worried that you are suffering from BPAD, it is important to seek medical help from a doctor (GP) for a proper diagnosis.  If you are under 18 years old, the GP may refer you to the Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for counselling and therapy.

Urgent help may be necessary if you or somebody you know experiences a serious mental health crisis, such as extreme anxiety, panic attack, mania, hallucinations, extreme self-harm or suicidal behaviour.  In this situation you can call The Police or Ambulance services (999 / 101).  They may call The Crisis Team who will assess a patient to see if hospitalisation maybe necessary.

Bi-Polar UK offers information for young people about Bi-Polar. Although Bi – Polar UK does not have a local support group in Leicestershire, they do offer an online e-community for contact with others suffering from this illness:
Phone:  020 7931 6486

The Siblings Network for Brothers and Sisters is a support service for young people living with a brother or sister with a mental health illness. Lead by Rethink, young people can talk about and share and find more support to help them understand mental illness in a sibling.

The Royal College of Psychiatry pinpoint the basic facts and symptoms about Bi-Polar Affective Disorder in an information sheet for YOUNG PEOPLE.  There is a lot of reading here, but the sections give a clear picture of Bi-Polar and practical advice on how to get help with it. 

Do you have a mental illness and/or suffer with anxiety when you go out?

If you ever feel vulnerable in town, worried you are spiralling downwards or feel you just need to sit down somewhere safe, A Keep Safe Place is available to you. Keep Safe Places are located in shops, libraries and AGE UK shops in Melton. Staff in the Keep Safe Place will offer you a quiet place to sit for a short time and the use of a telephone if required.  Write one or two of these places down and keep it with you so you know where to go in case you need a Keep Safe Place.

Keep Safe Places in Melton:

Melton Library
Wilton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0UJ

Age UK, Gloucester House
Gloucester House, 3 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1JE

Edge Community Centre
Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0BQ

Cove Community Centre
Sysonby Street, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0LP

Fairmead Community Centre
64 Drummond Walk, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1JF

Melton Age UK Facility
Gloucester House, 3 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1JE

Melton Vinyard
54 King Street Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1XB

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