Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (BEPC)
BEPC is a psychoeducation course which aims to improve the quality of life for people with bipolar disorder.
The course enables individuals to better manage their condition by understanding the symptoms of bipolar disorder, identifying their triggers and monitor their mood to help them stay as well as possible.
There are 10 sessions, each run in a group format with between 8 and 12 people. These combine presentations, informal group discussions and short exercises. The modules include:
- What is bipolar disorder?
- What causes bipolar disorder?
- The use of medication in bipolar disorder
- Psychological approaches to bipolar disorder
- Lifestyle issues and bipolar disorder
- Monitoring and identifying triggers
- Early warning signature
Family members and close friends of the group participants are also given the option to attend an additional session where they can find out more about bipolar disorder and meet other people in similar situations.
The course has also been adapted to an interactive online version, Beating Bipolar, which is freely available to allow to anybody, giving them the opportunity to benefit from the course.