Integrated bipolar parenting intervention

Testing the effectiveness of an online intervention for parents with bipolar disorder.

Parents with bipolar disorder (BD) can find that the ups and downs of mood they experience can make parenting challenging. Many parents with BD want parenting support but worry they might lose access to their children if they disclose this to their clinicians.

The integrated bipolar parenting intervention (IBPI) in an accessible, flexible, and confidential online resource that can support parents to help their children flourish.

The IBPI has been developed by a team of researchers, clinicians, and parents with BD at Lancaster University in collaboration with Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Aged 18+
  • Diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  • Is parent to a child aged 4-10 years (at least 10 hours of contact each week)


  • Online (via MS Teams or phone)


Attending an initial online meeting to discuss the study and an online interview to confirm eligibility to take part.

Eligible participants will be invited to complete a baseline package of online questionnaires

Participants will be randomised to one of two groups:

  1. Those randomised to receive the integrated bipolar parenting intervention
  2. Current treatment

All participants will be asked to complete a follow-up package of questionnaires at 24 and 48 weeks after starting the study

Some participants who have received the IBPI will be invited to attend an online interview to share their thoughts and feedback on the IBPI.

Participants will receive a payment for each assessment/interview that is completed.

Recruiting until

  • 31 October 2024

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