Developed by Dr Daniel Smith, Dr Ian Jones and Professor Nick Craddock from the School of Medicine’s National Centre for Mental Health, the on-line website Beating Bipolar is the first of its kind to include interactive material and videos of both patients and professionals discussing the best approaches to long-term management.
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.”
Professor Nick Craddock, Director of the National Centre for Mental Health, said: “We would like to see all NHS mental health teams recommend Beating Bipolar to those who have been diagnosed with the condition.
“However, the programme may also be helpful to friends and family to help them better understand what can often be a challenging condition for everyone involved.”
The programme is available at: www.beatingbipolar.org.
Image: Dr Danny Smith, formerly of the School of Medicine (front) is pictured with Dr Ian Jones, School of Medicine, and Barbara Wilding, Big Lottery at the official launch of the website