I've just had a newsletter from our local Carer's Centre. It contains this news, which may be of help to some forumites:

Bipolar UK – telephone mentoring service

Bipolar UK is now offering a telephone peer mentoring service for carers of someone with a diagnosis of Bipolar. You’ll be matched with a trained volunteer Mentor who will listen to you, help you find ways to manage, and help you to better understand bipolar.

Please contact mentoring@bipolaruk.org or 0333 323 4458 to find out more.