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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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Sara Lapsley speaks on the successes of the ORBIT Research Program

Caden Poh on March 28, 2018   |    No Comments

Counsellor and CREST.BD member Sara Lapsley from Canada is one of the forum moderators (or “Superusers”) on the ORBIT Research Program. As an ORBIT Superuser, Sara has been facilitating online interactions with participants living with bipolar disorder from around the world. Now six months into the program, Sara shares her favorite … Read more

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Victoria Maxwell to perform “That’s Just Crazy Talk” in Vancouver

Caden Poh on January 17, 2018   |    No Comments

We are excited to share that award-winning actress, mental health advocate, and CREST.BD network member Victoria Maxwell will be performing “That’s Just Crazy Talk” at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, Canada, on February 6, 2018. The event is part of “Beyond Stigma: Conversations about mental health, courage … Read more

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Self-care and Bipolar Disorder: Putting Yourself in the Driver’s Seat

on December 13, 2017   |    2 Comments

Myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings go hand-in-hand with all forms of mental illness; bipolar disorder is no exception to this. One stubborn misconception is that bipolar disorder, a mood disorder characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy and activity levels, can be effectively treated solely with medications. This isn’t to say … Read more

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