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Working the Frontline Side by Side with Bipolar

on May 14, 2020   |    No Comments

COVID-19 has brought difficulties for us all. I find myself in the fortunate position of having full-time work and stability in my life. I work on the frontline helping individuals living with mental health and substance use conditions, which is a line of work I found through my own challenges … Read more

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8 Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need and Want (When Living with Bipolar Disorder)

on May 7, 2020   |    No Comments

This blog post is shared from CREST.BD network member Victoria Maxwell, who first posted it on her blog in 2019. We’ve reposted it here with her permission. For more information about bipolar disorder and sleep, please consider joining us on May 12th (13th in Australia) for our #TalkBD online gathering: … Read more

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Writing Poems – One of My Mental Health Safety Valves

on February 12, 2020   |    1 Comment

For persons living with a bipolar disorder, like anyone else for that matter, it is crucial to find constructive and positive ways of spending one’s time during the day. For many, it may consist of striking a healthy balance between establishing and nurturing social relationships at home, at work and … Read more

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Coping with Losses and Gains When Living with BD – A Mental Health Teeter-Totter

on November 12, 2019   |    1 Comment

Throughout a lifetime, everyone will experience losses or make some gains. A loss of a loved one or a loss of a job; a birth of a child or the discovery of new friendships. However, for persons living with a bipolar disorder, facing a loss or a gain may prove … Read more

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