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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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

community engagement

Me Too Van: Engaging Community in Meaningful Conversations

on May 11, 2016   |    No Comments

Since the fall of 2015, some of the CREST.BD and I have been involved with a series of conversations titled “Me Too” in Vancouver, Canada. These conversations are about mental health and how it affects us all — from everyday anxieties to mental health conditions and everywhere in between. “I love … Read more

community engagement

Low and High-Hanging Fruit: Bipolar Disorder Opportunities in South Africa

on May 4, 2016   |    1 Comment

It was a hive of activity on the day of my visit to the offices of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in Johannesburg. Before my meeting with the SADAG staff, I perused information leaflets that described how the more rural North West Province of South Africa has … Read more

community engagement

What does quality of life mean to someone with bipolar?

on April 27, 2016   |    No Comments

Quality of life in bipolar disorder can be defined in several ways. For a more complicated research perspective, take a look at the first few pages of this book chapter. What I’m going to draw out of that discussion for this particular post is the idea that all life domains … Read more

quality of life research