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Money, advocacy, benefits, other mental health services & resources, watch or read.

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Money and debt

With exorbitant spending being a feature of mania, its no wonder that many of us with bipolar face money worries. Here are some resources that can help you through.

CAPUK | Christians against poverty

CAPUK | Christians against poverty

A charity that helps people become debt-free. We have provided their Edinburgh-based staff with training about the effects of bipolar.

The City of Edinburgh Council | Benefits & debt advice

The City of Edinburgh Council | Benefits & debt advice

The Advice Shop

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Citizens Advice provides advice on any subject - by phone, online and face to face, as well as home visits for people with reduced mobility.

MoneySavingExpert.com | Mental Health & Debt.

MoneySavingExpert.com | Mental Health & Debt.

No debt problems are unsolvable. It might not be easy or quick, but there's always a route. When mental health problems are involved, some special solutions apply.

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Advocacy, benefits & legal advice

Approximately 50% of people living with bipolar are prevented from working by their condition. Advocacy services stand by your side helping you navigate complex benefits such as PIP. We also list some other services around rights and the law. 

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Independent Advocacy in Edinburgh.

CAPS | Independent advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian.

CAPS | Independent advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian.

CAPS provides collective and individual advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian.

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Citizens Advice provides advice on any subject - by phone, online and face to face, as well as home visits for people with reduced mobility.

Helen McGinty & Company

Helen McGinty & Company

Specialising in mental health and incapacity law. Experienced in all aspects of Scots Civil Law, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Family and Child Law.

Bipolar UK |  Employees guide to bipolar

Bipolar UK | Employees guide to bipolar

A guide to managing a successful return to work and your rights at work.
If you have bipolar and you are finding it hard either to get work, or to do your work when you're there, you're not alone.

Legal Services Agency

Legal Services Agency

A Scottish Law Centre and Charity committed to defending legal rights and using the law to effect social change.

The University of Edinburgh | Free Legal Advice Centre

The University of Edinburgh | Free Legal Advice Centre

The Free Legal Advice Centre provides student-led clinics from the Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education Department.

mental welfare commission for scotland

mental welfare commission for scotland

The Mental Health Commission for Scotland protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

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entitledto

A free benefits calculator to find out what you're entitled to.

gov.uk: Guidance - Mental health and wellbeing abroad

gov.uk: Guidance - Mental health and wellbeing abroad

This guidance explains some differences in laws and practices in other countries as they relate to mental health.

Factors that affect your mental health during travel: Your mental and physical health before and during a trip usually affect how well you cope with travel.

gov.uk: Disabled people

gov.uk: Disabled people

Includes carers, your rights, benefits and the Equality Act.

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Other mental health services & resources

iThrive Edinburgh | Find support

iThrive Edinburgh | Find support

The iThrive Edinburgh support directory can help you find support available for adults living and/or working in Edinburgh.

NHS Lothian | Mental Health Information Station

NHS Lothian | Mental Health Information Station

The Mental Health Information Station is open for walk in visits at the Walpole Hall every Thursday 10.30 am to 3.00 pm. Visitors with mental health issues can drop in without an appointment and receive support and guidance on the day from mental health professionals.

Penumbra Mental Health

Penumbra Mental Health

Penumbra have teamed up with Bipolar Edinburgh to offer a peer support service for people in Edinburgh living with a bipolar diagnosis.

Andy's Man Club | #ITSOKAYTOTALK

Andy's Man Club | #ITSOKAYTOTALK

ANDYSMANCLUB has over 100 free support groups across the UK including Bathgate, Broxburn, Dunbar, Edinburgh, Pathhead & Prestonpans.

Brothers in Arms Scotland

Brothers in Arms Scotland

Anonymous, Informative and Discreet - A 21st Century Charity For 21st Century Males And Those That Support Them.

Change Mental Health

Change Mental Health

For 50 years, the mission of Change Mental Health has remained the same: to help and support people affected by mental illness.

Health in Mind

Health in Mind

Health in Mind have been promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland since 1982.

SAMH | Scottish Action for Mental Health

SAMH | Scottish Action for Mental Health

SAMH operates over 70 services in communities across Scotland, providing mental health social care support, addictions and employment services, among others.

See Me Scotland | End mental health discrimination

See Me Scotland | End mental health discrimination

See Me is Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Scottish Men's Sheds Association

Scottish Men's Sheds Association

The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association’s sole focus is supporting Scotland’s Shedders and their supporters to create Men’s Sheds in their community to benefit their health and wellbeing across Scotland. If you need help, inspiration or just a chat, you have come to the right place.

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Watch or read

Too much screen time or social media can negatively impact your mental health. We list local libraries where you can relax with a good book for free. But if you prefer chilling with a video, we've also got you covered.

The City of Edinburgh | Libraries

The City of Edinburgh | Libraries

The City of Edinburgh offers nearly 30 local libraries plus a wide range of audiobooks and other resources.

Midlothian Council | Libraries

Midlothian Council | Libraries

Offer libraries in Dalkeith, Danderhall, Gorebridge, Lasswade, Loanhead, Newbattle, Newtongrange, Penicuik and Roslin.

East Lothian Council | Libraries

East Lothian Council | Libraries

Offer libraries in Dunbar, East Linton, Gullane, Haddington, Longniddry, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Ormiston, Port Seton, Prestonpans, Tranent & Wallyford.

West Lothian | Libraries

West Lothian | Libraries

West Lothian has fourteen Community Libraries and one Local History Library.

Listening Books: An audiobook lending charity.

Listening Books: An audiobook lending charity.

An audiobook lending charity for those that find their illness, mental health, physical or learning disability affects their ability to read the printed word or hold a book.

Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30 - YouTube

Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30 - YouTube

In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about mood disorders and their causes as well as how these disorders can impact people's lives.

What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Kati Morton, a licensed therapist making Mental Health videos.

What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Explore the medical condition known as bipolar disorder, and learn about its symptoms, causes, and treatments. For the many millions experiencing bipolar disorder around the world, life is split between two different realities: elation and depression. So what causes this disorder? And can it be treated?

Helen M. Farrell describes the root causes and treatments for bipolar disorder.

TEDx Talks | Living with Bipolar Type II | Laura Bain

TEDx Talks | Living with Bipolar Type II | Laura Bain

Laura Bain speaks about living with Bipolar Type II Disorder, the trials and tribulations, but also how it informs her vibrant character and wonderful sense of identity.

TEDx Talks | Finding balance in bipolar | Ellen Forney

TEDx Talks | Finding balance in bipolar | Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney is a passionate storyteller and artist who turned her bipolar diagnosis into a platform of hope for anyone struggling with mental health issues. In this moving and generous talk, Ellen uses both words and pictures — her own comics —to share the story of how she maintained her creativity while managing her illness and shares the system she developed for achieving balance and keeping it.

5 misunderstandings about Bipolar Disorder - YouTube

5 misunderstandings about Bipolar Disorder - YouTube

Kati Morton, a licensed therapist making Mental Health videos.

"Up/Down" Bipolar Disorder Documentary - SHORT VERSION - YouTube

"Up/Down" Bipolar Disorder Documentary - SHORT VERSION - YouTube

"Up/Down" is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it; words of advice and wisdom to help others navigate their diagnosis.

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