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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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Behind the Scenes: Bipolar Wellness Centre Research

on August 10, 2016   |    No Comments

When I first heard about peer research a few years ago, I knew I wanted to be involved. Peer research involves people with lived experience working in partnership with a research team. What drew me to CREST.BD’s approach is that people with bipolar disorder inform the research priorities and outputs … Read more

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Seeing Life with Bipolar As a Researcher, Psychologist, and Human

on June 22, 2016   |    4 Comments

For the past year my role as a CREST.BD trainee has been this: I engage with people who participated in any Bipolar Wellness Centre component, which share information about how to improve their quality of life through self-management strategies. These different components included online webinars, videos, and Living Library peer … Read more

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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

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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

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