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Bipolar Support Group

Bipolar Support Group

Group for people with Bipolar Disorder and those on their journey towards a diagnosis to come together and share their experiences with each other , and hear more voices and perspectives.

Starts 5th March, 2023

8 sessions | Conducted every Sunday 10:30 AM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Yashika Gakhar

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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Goals of the Group

This group is for individuals who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. In its essence it is a very exhausting experience , akin to an emotional roller coaster of sorts and can often lead to alot of isolation. All the shame and guilt that comes with the difficulty around explaining one’s psychic experience can lead to more distress and stigma. The goal here is to provide a supportive space for people to come together and share their experiences with each other , and hear more voices and perspectives. We will also try and explore your distress in a socio-political-cultural context and what that means for each member in the group.

Who is the group for?

This group is for indidivuals who struggle with Bipolar disorder and are looking for a supportive safe space to explore and understand better their psychic and emotional experience.

What will we talk about?

• Nature of your distress.
• How do you feel about the approaching and retreat of an episode ?
• What comes with a diagnosis ?
• How to seek and receive support .
• How it impacts your relationships and other areas of life?
• What has and hasn’t helped you over time.
• Understanding boundaries, your own and that of others.
• Exploring the emotional and bodily exhaustion of mood swings.
• Psychopharmacology and its impact on other areas of life.

  • I was talking about this group with my therapist, and about how nice it is so have a community that understands me. This group reminds me to take my meds, to stay sober. It reminds me to get to a doctor when I’m in the middle of a episode. It also reminds me that I have the ability to take control of my illness and not let it ruin my life.

    Charan

    Diagnosed with Bipolar 1

  • I've been going through a rough year, I've been particularly unwell. I think this is the most ill I've been since diagnosis.You've been there for my ups and downs. You've talked me out of big holes and down from the ledge. Thank you for everything 💜

    Garima

    Dealing with Bipolar and anxiety

  • Thank you VERY MUCH for being part of this place and creating somewhere we can openly discuss dealing with bipolar! Stuff still hard as ever, lots of ups and downs, but if not for this group I wouldn't have been able to accept who I am.

    Anira

    Diagnosed with Bipolar 2

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Meet your Facilitator

Yashika

Yashika is a Mental Health Practioner, currently based out of Toronto, Canada. her approach to mental health is intersectional, rooted in relational and psychoanalytic frameworks. Her work is informed by the Therapeutic Communities framework and she belives in 'distress over diagnosis' and 'responsibility over blame'.

Yashika holds a masters degree ( M.A) Applied Psychology with a specialisation in Clinical Psychology from Jamia Millia Islamia University. And a Bachelor’s in B.A History from Lady Shri Ram College. She’s a trained Creative Movement Therapy Facilitator, certified by Creative Movement Therapy Association of India-CMTAI. And has worked extensively in the mental healthcare space both within and outside India since 2016.

Her own struggle with mental health for years and fighting the stigma around it is the driving force behind her devotion to the cause.

FAQs

What are soulUp groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am i going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has soulup been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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