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A time of reflection to take action together - where smiles do not need ethics approval, and kindness flourishes in peer review

As we start a new year, it’s time to reflect on our knowledge gained through those important moments that illustrates our shared goals of supporting and helping those living with mental health challenges. Our collaborative model of involving those with lived or family experience in our research and evaluation accomplishments is very much aligned with our themes of support, recovery and community at Hope + Me | Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.

That’s Just Crazy Talk: Webinar on Reducing Mental Illness Stigma


On April 30th join CREST.BD researchers Victoria Maxwell and Dr. Erin Michalak, as they discuss findings from the study evaluating That’s Just Crazy Talk as an intervention for reducing mental illness stigma. If you would like to join this free webinar on Wednesday April 30th from 2pm-3pm EST, please register with Eventbrite at  Please note the Eventbrite times are noted as Pacific Time since the webinar is being broadcast from the west coast. Participants will receive an email with details for accessing the webinar after registration.

Celebrate World Bipolar Day!

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.

Share your expertise! Healthcare providers who work with people with bipolar disorder needed.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the MDAO is working with the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD).  They are currently conducting a study to explore wellness strategies for bipolar disorder. The study is focusing on developing new knowledge about effective self-management techniques for stopping progression into hypo/mania and for maintaining balance in this condition.

MDAO Research Advisory Committee (MRAC)

At the recent Annual General Meeting for the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, a poll of our membership identified that a majority of our members believe in the importance of research and would like to see an increasing involvement of the organization in such projects.

Self Management Strategies for those with Bipolar Disorder – The Delphi Study

Self Management Strategies for those with Bipolar Disorder – The Delphi Study

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario in partnership with The Collaborative RESearch Team to study Psychosocial Issues in Bipolar Disorder aka CREST.BD, are involved in an innovative and exciting project called The Delphi Study.  We are looking to explore and share wellness strategies for bipolar disorder.

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