October 10th 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day! Founded in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is now internationally celebrated as an annual awareness program to forward global mental health education and to advocate against the stigma surround mental illness.
Mental health in the workplace is the theme of #WorldMentalHealthDay 2017.
On work life and bipolar disorder, our team has put together a 3-part video series “Work & Bipolar” – led by award-winning actress and CREST.BD member Victoria Maxwell, who is also one of North America’s most sought-after speakers on the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness and recovery. The cast also includes network member Sara Lapsley, and actual healthcare providers from the CREST.BD team – including psychiatrist Dr. Chris Gorman.
Created to supplement the support tools on the Bipolar Wellness Centre, the video series touches on common issues faced by people living with bipolar disorder at the workplace such as disclosure in the workplace, finding the right fit between career and bipolar disorder, and making use of support services at work.
Watch the 3-part video series here:
At the Bipolar Wellness Centre, we have also dedicated an entire section to discuss the link between work and quality of life, and specific actions that can be taken to thrive with bipolar disorder in the workplace. We have also compiled an extensive list of evidence-informed resources including blogs, research articles, videos, and mobile apps. Visit the work section of the wellness centre here.
Picture from episode 2 of the Work & Bipolar video series.