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Join us on June 24th for #TalkBD – Bipolar Disorder, Pregnancy, & Postpartum! At this online community gathering, Dr. Catriona Hippman, genetic counsellor, and Keri Guelke, who lives well with bipolar disorder, join Dr. Erin Michalak to talk about managing mental health in tandem with pregnancy and the postpartum period. They’ll also answer questions submitted by viewers.
We welcome people with mental health concerns, healthcare providers, friends, and family to join us for the live online event!
Where to Join
Date and Time (North America): Thursday, June 24th, 12-1pm PST, 3pm EST, 8pm GMT (Find what time this is for me)
Link to register: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qc0D6Xl1SqaJutjdqA_dtQ
Link to watch as a livestream: TalkBD.live or our our Facebook page
Dr. Catriona Hippman
Dr. Hippman is a white, settler, cis/hetero mother of two boys, a certified genetic counsellor specializing in mental health, and a research fellow in reproductive and infant psychiatry at BC Children’s Hospital. Her doctoral work focused on how to support women deciding about how to care for their mental health during pregnancy. In her fellowship, she has worked on an environmental scan of current infrastructure in support of perinatal mental health screening and care across Canada, a scoping review of the virtual delivery of interventions to support infant mental health, updates to the BC Reproductive Mental Health guidelines, and a Canadian guideline for perinatal mental health screening and care. In August, she will be starting a second fellowship with the University of Calgary and her work there will aim to elucidate strategies best suited to the Canadian context for the care of women experiencing acute postpartum mental illness, through parallel lines of both qualitative and quantitative inquiry into Canadian and international experiences.
Keri Guelke, lived experience
Keri Guelke is a white, settler, mother of twins who was born, raised and currently lives on the stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is known as Vancouver, B.C. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16. She has had three hospitalizations and five manic and depressive episodes. Keri has been working as an Outreach worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for the last eleven years. She works with people who have been diagnosed with substance use disorder and/or a mental health disorder, HIV and are experiencing barriers to care. She has also worked with the Overdose Outreach Team. In the past few years, her work has included supporting pregnant women diagnosed with substance use disorder. She recently completed a Master of Public Policy and Social Administration: Social Change Leadership. She feels strongly about the need to change Canada’s drug laws.
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.