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New horizons and collaborations on BD in the Workplace: Dr. Lisa O’Donnell’s visit to Vancouver

on August 10, 2018   |    No Comments

Drs. O’Donnell and Michalak taking some downtime at the beach on the Sunshine Coast, BC Who I am: My name is Lisa, and I study the nature of impaired quality of life, such as lack of employment, found among people who live with bipolar disorder (BD) and other severe mental … Read more

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A new suite of Mental Health Act rights communication tools

on June 26, 2018   |    No Comments

When people are involuntarily hospitalized (certified) in British Columbia under the Mental Health Act, they can’t leave the hospital without their doctor’s permission or make decisions about their psychiatric care, but they don’t lose all of their rights. In fact, the legislation says that they must be told about their … Read more

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Bi Squared: Balancing Bisexuality and Bipolar II

on June 15, 2018   |    1 Comment

“So are you straight like a ruler or curved like a protractor?” my best friend asked me on our first day at university to inquire if I identified as straight, gay, or something in-between. Living as an openly bisexual person in today’s socio-political climate can be difficult enough; adding one … Read more

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What ARE those?: Misinterpreting Memes

Hussein Elafifi on June 5, 2018   |    No Comments

Like most of my generation, a lot of my time is spent scrolling. Scrolling through depressing news, pictures of my friends and unrealistically attractive people (the latter two coinciding more often than would be polite to admit). This trend has been accompanied by an almost equally pervasive general misconception regarding … Read more

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