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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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Empathy in the details: BYAP Forum #1

on August 11, 2015   |    No Comments

July 12 saw the first community forum of the Bipolar Youth Action Project, a collaboration of CREST.BD and the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia. Held at the Victoria Event Centre, the forum welcomed 21 youth all with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD), to discuss coping and wellness strategies from their perspectives. “What works for you” served … Read more

community engagement interventions and self-care

The Quality of Life construct: definitions of QoL and QoL measurement in BD

on January 29, 2015   |    No Comments

People with lived experience of mental illness, researchers and healthcare providers alike are seeing quality of life (QoL) as increasingly valuable as an outcome measure when considering the impact and treatment of Bipolar Disorder (BD). The different focus of QoL measures is especially apparent when they are compared to symptom … Read more

quality of life

Mindfulness: A valuable tool for living well with bipolar disorder

on February 20, 2014   |    1 Comment

In recent years there has been a great shift into studying the benefits of mindfulness. While mindfulness may be having its ‘coming out’ party to the mass public, it has been slowly taking over the West for decades now. Even Western medicine—whose high standards for evidence make it quite the … Read more

interventions and self-care

Moving beyond bipolar “misery statistics”

on July 25, 2013   |    1 Comment

Have you ever read a scientific paper on bipolar disorder? The majority begin in much the same way, with what our team members at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research describe as “bipolar misery statistics.” These stats describe the lethal, disabling, and costly (at a personal and societal level) impacts of … Read more

quality of life