Imagine you’re at University and you have your first manic episode. You think you are just partying too hard but things get out of control - you can’t sleep and your thoughts are racing. You are admitted to hospital and told you have Bipolar Disorder.
One way to reduce the crisis in mental health wards would be to improve working partnerships with relatives. This would reduce the need for people to be admitted, which often occurs when relatives can no longer cope, or close relationships have broken down and there is no longer family support available.