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Join us on January 21st for #TalkBD – Resiliency and Bipolar Disorder! At this online community gathering, mental health advocate and actress Alessandra Torresani joins Victoria Maxwell and Dr. Erin Michalak to talk about resiliency and bipolar disorder, and what lessons we’ve learned about it in 2020. They’ll also answer questions submitted by viewers.
We welcome people with BD and related conditions, healthcare providers, friends, and family to join us for the live online event!
Where to Join
Date and Time (North America): Thursday, January 21st, 12-1pm PST, 3pm EST (Find what time this is for me)
Link to register: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QNO3zGu7SAyj0qgg4NHzkA
Link to watch as a livestream: TalkBD.live or our our Facebook page
Alessandra is an actress, podcast host, and mental health advocate who lives well with bipolar disorder. Her television credits include appearances on American Horror Story, Caprica, and the immensely successful sitcom the Big Bang Theory as a recurring character. As a mental health advocate, she is an ambassador for the US-based National Alliance on Mental Health, and hosts the EmotionAL Support podcast, a funny, candid and highly-reviewed podcast where she brings on a guest to talk mental health and to break through stigma. As a reviewer puts it,
“such a unique range of guests from doctors to sex experts to nutritionists to even comedians. [Alessandra] really knows how to change the way we look at mental health and be able to laugh at the sadness. knowing she is bipolar too really makes me feel less alone. if you haven’t subscribed, you are really missing out.”
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. Watch 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.
Dr. 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 quality of life assessments. Under Erin, CREST.BD also launched an online version of the QoL.BD, and the Bipolar Wellness Centre, a web portal of scientifically validated wellness strategies for BD. In 2018, she was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement.