Our bipolar blog shares the latest findings and insights from CREST.BD's research and knowledge exchange.

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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UBC THRIVE 2016: A Guide for Students with Bipolar Disorder

on November 2, 2016   |    No Comments

If you feel in crisis right now, please call 1-800-SUICIDE or Mental Health Emergency Services (604-875-8289). I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the beginning of my second year of my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It had been just over a year of living in … Read more

community engagement lived experience

Community-Based Participatory Research: Beyond Engagement

on October 26, 2016   |    No Comments

Originally published on December 16, 2014. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is recognized as an important research method in the field of mental health research. CBPR methodologies are well suited for communities who have historically been left out of research processes and who have experienced discrimination and stigma. Research participants are … Read more

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Me Too Vol.5 – Reflections on Three Levels of Stigma

on October 19, 2016   |    No Comments

I have a mental illness and I’m thriving. Me too. On September 16th, a crowd of two hundred gathered at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts to better understand stigma and its deleterious impact on those who live with mental illness. Speaking at the 5th Me Too event were: Self-proclaimed bipolar … Read more

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Movie Review: The Dark Horse

on October 12, 2016   |    No Comments

The Dark Horse (2014), the New Zealand feature film (not to be confused with the popular 2015 racehorse documentary Dark Horse) is a story about a Maori man who became famous for his ability at speed-chess. This in spite of, or maybe partly because of, his bipolar condition. But greater … Read more