Priority 20 from the Bipolar PSP

UNCERTAINTY:How can family members and carers best be supported to manage life with a person with bipolar? (JLA PSP Priority 20)
Overall ranking 20
JLA question ID 0041/20
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP.

None identified

Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples For full examples, see Category ID A3 on spreadsheet.  How best can we support carers and families. What outcomes are associated with earlier intervention. ~ What support can be given to relatives of people with bipolar, especially children?  The spectre of heredity is hard for children to live with. ~ How can carers be helped to deal better with the irritability associated with bipolar? ~ How can I explain and help my partner support me ~ As a carer I'm concerned and frustrated with lack of access, for carers, to support and expert advice / clinicians / doctors. Patients are given treatment plans, but for carers who are  struggling with loved ones - sometimes it's as if carers need a 'carers plan'.And this is very hard to find - carers have to rely on each other and support groups, but we'd all like access to professional expertise, too.
Submitted by Patients x 28 ~ Carers x 33 ~ Health Professionals x 5 ~ Others x 3
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0041
PSP name Bipolar
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 363  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 14 June 2016