Our expert says:
I'm not sure what the strictly legal position is, the extent to which the authorities can discriminate on the basis of an illness such as Bipolar - but I'd guess their over-riding responsibility is to consider what seems best for the children, and a mother who is considered at risk of suicide attempts or other unstable behaviour, may be seen as a potential risk to them.
On the other hand, if this decision is made for a 2 year-period, and you continue to have access to them, you could establish a 20year record of stability, with NO suicide attempts or other major instabilities, which would make it much harder for them to renew that decision next time round. Be very cautious not to react, in despair, this time round, to such a decision, in dramatic ways that might convince them they were right to so decide, and make them reluctabnt to change their mind.
Continue to live for them ( that doesn't require you to always be living WITH them ) and prepare to have the decision changed, by demonstrating your continued stability and sense.
If you disagree with their apparent decision, don't create a drama that will convince them they're right - live well so as to convince them they were wrong.
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