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Weekly blogs explore psychosocial interventions, quality of life, stigma, and community engagement through the eyes of diverse CREST.BD network members.

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Two Tips For Engaging People with Mental Illness in Research

on June 8, 2016   |    1 Comment

Our mission at CREST.BD is essentially two-fold. First, we’re here to optimize the health and quality of life of people living with bipolar disorder through innovative research and knowledge exchange. Second, we’re here to empower communities to engage in bipolar disorders research in a different way. As we’ve grown as … Read more

community engagement


Delphi Consensus Consultation Study Vlog

on June 1, 2016   |    1 Comment

  I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2001 and I found that a really important part of my recovery has been doing research. Team member and peer researcher Sara Lapsley explains our Delphi Consensus Consultation study in this short video. This study began in 2012 and looked at self-management strategies … Read more

interventions and self-care


Bipolar Disorder: My Creativity’s Muse

on May 25, 2016   |    1 Comment

I’m not a musician, a singer, an artist in the traditional sense of the word. However, somehow I’ve become known to be a “creative person” over the past two decades. I became passionate about creative writing in 1993. I had already published a reasonable number of articles in professional social … Read more

personal stories


Finding Gratitude In Collaboration: The 2016 MDAO Regional Forum

on May 18, 2016   |    4 Comments

On a sunny day in mid-April, I participated in the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario’s (MDAO) annual Regional Forum. On the shores of Lake Simcoe in Innisfil, ON, the Forum gathered about 30 program facilitators working at mental health groups from all across Ontario, including Thunder Bay, Barrie, Kingston, Guelph, … Read more

community engagement