Our bipolar blog shares the latest findings and insights from CREST.BD's research and knowledge exchange.

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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6 Tips for Helping Youth Peer Researchers Stay Engaged

Laura Lapadat on November 17, 2020   |    No Comments

Back in September, the Journal of Participatory Medicine released our paper about youth engagement on The Bipolar Youth Action Project (the BYAP). The BYAP ran from 2014-2015 in Victoria, BC, where we partnered with youth co-researchers with bipolar disorder. It was a Community-Based Participatory Research project that sought to find … Read more

interventions and self-care research

The Trauma of Being Trans in the Mental Health System

on October 27, 2020   |    2 Comments

Content note: The following blog post is a personal account from Danya, who lives with bipolar disorder, about his experiences as a transgender man with the mental health system. Some of the questions he recounts being asked by professionals are very invasive and pertain to sex and sexual anatomy. If … Read more

lived experience personal stories

Exercise as Treatment for Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Q&A With our Patient Collaborator Tera

on October 20, 2020   |    No Comments

In today’s blog, we hear from our patient collaborator, Tera, fifth-year university student, who has partnered with us on our study funded by Brain Canada together with the Sunnybrook Foundation, examining the feasibility of using exercise as treatment for youth with bipolar disorder (read more here). In the Q&A below, Tera shares … Read more


Living with a Family Member with Bipolar Disorder

on October 5, 2020   |    3 Comments

As I sit in my room thinking how I should approach a journal entry centred around having a family member (aunt) with bipolar disorder, I acknowledge the complexity of this condition. As many of you know, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that can make life very challenging for … Read more

lived experience