Australians Urged to Reach Out and Burst Bubble of Bipolar

Almost four million Australians have experienced a mental illness in the past year but what may be less familiar is that well over half a million of these people are living with bipolar disorder.

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28 March 2018

Almost four million Australians have experienced a mental illness in the past year but what may be less familiar is that well over half a million of these people are living with bipolar disorder.

Minister for Aged Care and minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said World Bipolar Day on Good Friday, along with bubble-blowing community awareness events across the nation this week, were a chance to understand the challenges that many of the 568,000 Australians who have bipolar face each and every day.

“I want Australians to burst the bubble of misconceptions surrounding bipolar,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Bipolar is complex and can impact people in different ways but with the right help and support from those around them, each person with bipolar can lead an active and fulfilling life, full of opportunities.

“Managing the condition is made much easier through open communication between the person with bipolar, their family, friends, work colleagues and carers who may be involved.”

Minister Wyatt welcomed Bipolar Australia’s release this week of the new handbook and online publication Coming Home With Bipolar – Information for Families and Carers.

“It outlines how to help and how everyone with bipolar experiences recovery and deserves our support,” the Minister said.

“It is important we work together to reduce any stigma associated with the condition.

“I am also pleased to confirm the Turnbull Government’s commitment to quality, accessible care for all Australians experiencing mental health challenges, with a $4.3 billion investment in mental health support this year.”

Hard copies of Coming Home With Bipolar – Information for Families and Carers are available for purchase from Bipolar Australia.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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