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.
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. For further details about the findings of our True Colours research from our ongoing analyses please visit our News and Publications sections. This research wouldn’t be possible without the help of our many BDRN supporters.