Breaking Down Bipolar

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Nothing makes us happier than seeing positive transformations in our members and the domino effect that can have on their lives, including health, confidence, and self-esteem.

Kyle Tofton (27) joined in October last year following a referral from his GP. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, Kyle was attending a routine monthly check-up, when his GP mentioned the 12-week referral programme – Active Forever.

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterised by severe mood swings and depression. According to the NHS around one in every 100 people will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life.

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I’m thankful my GP suggested it. I’ve been in and out of the gym since I was 18 years old, but this time I’m determined to make it stick. Starting here has made me want to look after myself better. Exercise helps calm my restlessness and overthinking. After working out I feel more relaxed and sleep better.

Kyle Tofton Leisure Member

Since completing the health and wellness programme, Kyle has gone on to become a monthly subscription member, working out four times per week in the gym at Grimsby pool.

“I also want to lose weight, but in a gradual way, replacing fat for muscle mass. It’s not easy, but I know it will be well-worth it!” Kyle added.

Between April and December 2022, Active Forever helped 566 people via GP referrals. In the same period, over 25,404 engagements were recorded. An engagement is classed as attendance at any of the following activities – Wellness Hub, Gym, Swim, Group Exercise Class, Weight Management Course or Active Seniors activity.

If you are aged over 18 years and living with a health condition or undergoing rehabilitation, speak to your GP or health practitioner to see if you are eligible for Active Forever.

For a short time only, you may qualify for a fully funded place thanks to Government funding.

Information and help

North East Lincolnshire Mind is a local charity ensuring that those with a mental health problem have somewhere to turn for advice and support. Call (01472) 349991 or visit

You can also contact the Single Point of Access service on (01472) 256 256 for urgent help. They offer confidential advice and information over the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.