A bipolar sufferer is releasing a book to raise awareness of the condition ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Liz Rotherham, from Coggeshall is releasing her book ‘Life as a rollercoaster, the mayhem of bipolar’ to share her honest account of living with bipolar.

For Liz, it began later in life at aged 32, bipolar commonly occurs during the ages of 16-24, but for Liz it resulted in a psychotic episode in 2003, which involved her being sectioned for her own safety.

Around one in four people in the UK encounter mental health problems during their lifetime and 6.7 million people have bipolar disorder.

Bipolar can also increase an individuals risk of suicide by twenty times.

Liz is sharing her rollercoaster of a journey in a bid to help others and give an insight into the world of bipolar through her eyes and those of her close partner, family, friends and boss.

The book aims to help people get an understanding of the condition and raise awareness.

“It feels like you’re a puppet, being manipulated, not in control of your own mind and feelings.

“At times I’ve felt like a superhero, totally invincible and had to be sanctioned as I thought I had the power to stop a train, which was a huge risk to my life.”

Liz details in her book how she felt like she could do anything and lost all rational thoughts during periods of psychosis.

An important aspect of Liz’s management has been the enhancement of her well-being and making positive changes to her life.

This involved a combination of therapies, including meditation, mindfulness, yoga and holistic therapies.

As well as her book launch Liz also writes guest blogs and works closely with mental health charities MIND and SANE.

She also visits schools and workplaces holding talks and workshops to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and help those who may be suffering.

Alongside her book launch Liz is also attending Library events to give talks

To check out her upcoming events go to heads2minds.co.uk.

If you have been affected by bipolar call the SANEline helpline on 03003047000.