CREST.BD Workshop: Thriving with Bipolar Disorder

Event Date: March 10, 2020
CREST.BD Workshop: Thriving with Bipolar Disorder

Registration is now open – sign up here!

Join us on the evening of March 10 for a FREE interactive workshop in Vancouver to help improve your health and quality of life.

Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: Tools to Maximize Quality of Life 

Who should attend: People with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
When: March 10, 2020; 6:00-8:30 PM Pacific Time
Venue: Multipurpose Room 4 (MP4), Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1 (Google Map)
Parking: Info
Registration: NOW OPEN! (Limited seats)

Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver

Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver

This CREST.BD event will share research findings and tools to help you achieve or maintain good health and quality of life when living with bipolar disorder. The event will include short presentations, tool demonstrations and (no or low pressure!) small group activities.

Topics Covered:

  • Self-Care Strategies
  • Measuring Your Quality Of Life
  • Tools To Take Home


maxwellbannerVictoria Maxwell / / @Victoria_BPP

Since being diagnosed with BD, psychosis, and anxiety, Victoria has become one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder. As a performer, her funny, powerful messages about mental wellness create lasting change in individuals and organizations. Victoria in That’s Just Crazy Talk:

By sharing her story of mental illness and recovery she makes the uncomfortable comfortable, the confusing understandable. The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her keynote That’s Just Crazy Talk as one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country. Learn more about her work with CREST.BD on That’s Just Crazy Talk here.

emmabannerDr. Emma Morton / @morton_emm

Emma is an Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellow at UBC Psychiatry. She completed her PhD and clinical training as a psychologist in 2018 at Swinburne University, Australia, and received the Iain Wallace Research Medal for the Most Outstanding Doctorate Student for her research in advancing the study of quality of life in bipolar disorder. Emma’s research has focused on improving the understanding and treatment of of quality of life in serious mental health conditions, self-management strategies, and digital mental health tools. With clinical experience working in community mental health, early intervention and hospital settings, Emma is most interested in researching tools likely to have immediate practical benefits for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

erinbannerDr. Erin Michalak / @erin_michalak

Erin is the Founder and Network Lead of CREST.BD, and Professor at UBC Psychiatry. Her research in mental health, patient-oriented research and quality of life in bipolar disorder is globally recognized. Erin spearheaded the development of the first BD-specific quality of life scale, the QoL.BD. The QoL.BD has seen rapid uptake internationally and is now the gold-standard for BD-specific QoL assessments. Under Erin, CREST.BD also launched the QoL Tool – an online version of the QoL.BD, and the Bipolar Wellness Centre – a quality of life focused online tool to support self-management in BD. In 2019, Erin was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement.


Public transportation and parking costs related to this event will be reimbursed on request. Light refreshments provided.

Please note that this particular workshop is designed specifically for people who are living with bipolar disorder themselves. Please only attend this event if you are living with BD. We however, really appreciate interest from supporters of people with BD and people interested in learning more about BD, and will explore whether we can provide a similar event that is open to both people with BD and their supporters in the near future.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Research Coordinator, Caden Poh at or (604)-822-7247.

Sign up:

Register for the workshop here!