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Over 1200 individuals with bipolar disorder in the UK have taken part in our research initiative True Colours, answering weekly questions online about their mood and other factors known to play a role in the condition including sleep and activity levels.

A graph showing a participant monitoring their mood

The True Colours tool was originally designed by colleagues at the University of Oxford for use in a clinical setting and is helping our research group learn more about how mood symptoms change over time in individuals with bipolar disorder and how they are affected by changes in routines, sleep and medications. 

To date, the data from True Colours has enabled research into the complex interplay between sleep and mood and led to the first large-scale UK study comparing mental health prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic among individuals with bipolar disorder.

This research wouldn't have been possible without the help of our many BDRN supporters, especially our BDRN Research Champions who have written articles and blogs to share their experiences of using True Colours.

For further details about the findings of our True Colours research, please visit the News and Publications sections of our Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) website.

For further information, please contact us at; 01905 54 2880