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Increase investment in research funding for bipolar

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More than one million people have bipolar in the UK. Bipolar is a severe, life-long mental illness and a major global healthcare crisis, causing untold distress for individuals and families with loss of lives every day.  The condition is often misdiagnosed and treatment is hampered by misunderstanding and stigma. 

Given how many people are affected by bipolar and the impact it has on their lives, we’re asking individuals, families and professionals to pledge support for greater government funding for bipolar research. 

Mental health receives less than 6% of all health research funding in the UK.  Within this small percentage, bipolar research expenditure has averaged only 1.6%, i.e. less than 0.1% of total health research spending.

This enormous disparity is unacceptable.  This disparity is reflected in the care, support and treatment that people with bipolar receive. 

In October 2014, the James Lind Alliance launched what was to be the UK’s largest ever survey to understand patients, family members and professionals research questions about bipolar.  Over 14,000 questions were submitted with the top ten recently published.

Despite the obvious need for research, there’s little funding available.  Your pledge of support will make a difference.



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