#TalkBD Free Online Meetup: Staying Mentally Well During COVID-19

Laura Lapadat on March 20, 2020   |    1 comment
#TalkBD Free Online Meetup: Staying Mentally Well During COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who attended our first #TalkBD online meetup! We’re happy to say we’ll be continuing this series, and will announce the next in a few days. In the meantime, consider attending our Reddit AMA on Monday, March 30th, in honour of World Bipolar Day.


On Wednesday, March 25th at 3:00pm Pacific (6:00pm Eastern), CREST.BD will be hosting #TalkBD: Tips and Tools for Uncertain Times, a free, online community gathering to share support and education during this challenging time. Our presenters will share evidence-based strategies to help manage mood and anxiety and support your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At the event, you’ll be able to choose to interact with the presenters directly through Zoom, or to watch the livestream from our website or Facebook page. Leading up to the event, we’ll be taking question submissions through our website.

The event is tailored people living with bipolar disorder, but family, friends, and healthcare providers are welcome to attend as well! If it’s well received, we’ll continue doing online gatherings like this for as long as they’re needed and are feasible for our team.

Where to Join

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 25th, 3-4pm Pacific (6-7pm Eastern)
Link to participate via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/620164248
Link to watch as a livestream: http://crestbd.ca/talkbd

The Presenters

Victoria, a co-host to the online bipolar workshop, outside in front of a bush, smiling and looking up.Victoria Maxwell

Mental Health Educator, Speaker and Performer at Crazy For Life Co.
crestbd.ca/victoria / victoriamaxwell.com / @Victoria_BPP

Since being diagnosed with BD, psychosis, and anxiety, Victoria has become one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder. As a performer, her funny, powerful messages about mental wellness create lasting change in individuals and organizations. Victoria in That’s Just Crazy Talk:

By sharing her story of mental illness and recovery she makes the uncomfortable comfortable, the confusing understandable. The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her keynote That’s Just Crazy Talk as one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country. Learn more about her work with CREST.BD on That’s Just Crazy Talk here.

A headshot of Emma smiling against a white background.Dr. Emma Morton

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/emma-morton / @morton_emm

Emma is an Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellow at UBC Psychiatry. She completed her PhD and clinical training as a psychologist in 2018 at Swinburne University, Australia, and received the Iain Wallace Research Medal for the Most Outstanding Doctorate Student for her research in advancing the study of quality of life in bipolar disorder. Emma’s research has focused on improving the understanding and treatment of of quality of life in serious mental health conditions, self-management strategies, and digital mental health tools. She has clinical experience working in community mental health, early intervention and hospital settings. Emma is most interested in researching tools likely to have immediate practical benefits for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Erin outside smiling, at what looks to be the UBC campus.Dr. Erin Michalak

Professor, UBC Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/erin / @erin_michalak

Erin is the Founder and Network Lead of CREST.BD, and Professor at UBC Psychiatry. Her research in mental health, patient-oriented research and quality of life in bipolar disorder is globally recognized. Erin spearheaded the development of the first BD-specific quality of life scale, the QoL.BD. The QoL.BD has seen rapid uptake internationally and is now the gold-standard for BD quality of life assessments. Under Erin, CREST.BD also launched an online version of the QoL.BD, and the Bipolar Wellness Centre, a web portal of scientifically validated wellness strategies for BD. In 2018, she was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement.


Don’t forget – March 25th, at 3:00pm Pacific time. We hope to see you there!


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One Comment on “#TalkBD Free Online Meetup: Staying Mentally Well During COVID-19”

  1. I have newly been diagnosed with BP. I am 38 and finally sought help after my life deteriorated. I am fighting to get my life back in order. Thank you for your ressource.

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