Celebrate World Bipolar Day!

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World Bipolar Day World Bipolar Day (WBD) will be celebrating its inaugural year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness.

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario has forged a partnership with the Collaborative RESearch Team who are studying psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder.  CREST-BD uses a multidisciplinary network of researchers, healthcare providers and people living with the condition who are dedicated to research and knowledge exchange about psychological and social factors in bipolar disorder. In celebration of World Bipolar Day, the MDAO and CREST-BD are holding two exciting events to raise awareness of bipolar disorder and talk about self-management tips.

World Bipolar Day Tweetchat:  Sunday March 30th 2014  1pm – 2pm EDT

Join us Sunday March 30th 2014  1pm – 2pm EDT for a live tweetchat on self-management practices for bipolar disorder with Dr. Erin Michalak (Professor & Researcher), Andrea Paquette (aka Bipolar Babe), Sara Lapsley (Counsellor & Peer Researcher), and Dr. Joanna Cheek (Psychiatrist). Our panel of experts will be asking and answering questions about self-management practices – from mindfulness exercises to sleep hygiene – in bipolar disorder, discussing findings from current self-management research, sharing their tips for successfully managing the condition and so much more. We hope you will join us in an important World Bipolar Day discussion. 

Living Successfully with Bipolar Disorder: Tips from the Experts:  Monday March 31st 2014 2pm – 3pm EDT

Join us on Monday March 31st from 2pm – 3pm EDT for a live webinar with Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Sara Lapsley, Counsellor and Peer Researcher with CREST.BD, to explore findings from our current Delphi self-management study. Erin and Sara will be sharing some of the demographic data and research findings from the study so far, as well as discussing their experiences with using Delphi Consensus methods. We’ll also be launching Round 2 of our Delphi study to our 150 survey panel members. Please join us to learn more about the findings of this unique, international study!

To participate in this free, online webinar, please register via Eventbrite.

The Mood Disorders Association will also be hosting an in-person event at our offices where we will be participating in this live webinar.  Food will also be provided.  Please RSVP with Ingrid Mraz at 416 486-8046 ext 238 or ingridm@mooddisorders.ca  We are located at 36 Eglinton Ave West, Suite 602 ( just west of Yonge St on the north side of Eglinton Ave W).