Bipolar Support @ MHAPS is a not-for-profit charity organisation based in Christchurch, New Zealand (Aotearoa). Our aim is to provide support to all individuals and families who are affected by Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Support Canterbury began in 1983 as The Manic Depressive Society. We were started by a group of people living with the disorder, their families and with the support of health professionals because they saw the benefit of providing mutual support and good information about the disorder to others in the same situation as themselves.
Over the last 20 years, the organisation has grown slowly from a small group of committed volunteers to now having four paid staff alongside the volunteer workforce. We remain passionate about people having the information and support they need so that they can take responsibility for their own lives, both as a person with the diagnosis or as a family member.
We provide information about the disorder, run peer support groups, offer a one to one support service and run education and information sessions. Our focus is on the needs of people within Christchurch city but we do send our pamphlets (link to pamphlets page) out within New Zealand.
We are an Incorporated Society that is governed by a Board who is elected annually by the membership of the Society. It is the Boards role to provide the overall direction to the organisation. As part of our commitment to peer support the majority of Board Members have had their lives affected by Bipolar Disorder.
We have a Manager who has responsibility for the day to day running of our services and the staff both paid and voluntary who provide our services. We have peer support workers and a part time Office Administrator. Volunteers are an essential part of our organisation; from the people who give their time to the committee, to support group facilitators, to those who create and send out the newsletter.
Our office is located at 826 Colombo Street (corner of Colombo and Peterborough Streets). You are welcome to visit us, just telephone first to make sure one of us is here to meet with you.