ISBD Regional Chapter Newsletter - Advocacy Corner

World Bipolar Day advocacy events

 

The following events have been submitted by advocacy groups in celebration of World Bipolar Day 2015:

Canada - The CREST.BD network will launch its new online ‘Bipolar Wellness Centre’ on World Bipolar Day. Produced with research funding from the Canadian government, the website - and the cutting edge evidence and tools on quality of life (QoL) and self-management of BD it houses - have been in preparation for over two years. Within the Bipolar Wellness Centre are a number of unique interactive features, such as a sophisticated QoL Tool, videos showing concrete examples of BD self-management in action, 14 expert webinars on different QoL domains, a ‘Living Library’ and resources for healthcare providers. The QoL Tool allows people with BD to measure their QoL over time, and provides them with tailored information on self-management strategies that reflect their personal QoL profile. On the day, the website will launched with much fanfare, including webinars, a CREST.BD World Tweetchat and in-person launch events in several countries – see www.crest.bd.ca for more details!  

Canada (online) - The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) and the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) are hosting a visual tweetchat this World Bipolar Day. We'd like to invite you to show us how you live well with BD, or how you help support someone with BD in living well. Take a photo of a wellness activity or tool, or share a ~1 minute video with us on social media. Please check the MDAO and CREST.BD websites for more information about how to participate closer to March 30th. Until then, follow us on Twitter @MoodDisordersON & @CREST_BD or find us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you get creative, like CREST.BD Social Media Intern Natasha, here!  

MDAO WBD pic

USA (online) – The International Bipolar Foundation will showcase a series of photos that show support for those affected by and with bipolar disorder to help end the stigma associated with brain illness.  Click here to see the call to action.  

 

If your organization wasn't able to get information in by the deadline and would like to be noted on World Bipolar Day social media please send information to Jill Olds at Oldsj@upmc.edu.  

2015 Board of Councilors Election

The candidates listed below have been nominated to the ISBD Board of Councilors for a term of 2 years beginning in April 1 of 2015. Before casting your vote, please review personal "Statements of Intent" describing the qualifications/goals for each nominee and a CV for each nominee by clicking on the links below the candidate's name. 

Please click here to view a copy of the official 2015 Board of Councilors Ballot. You may complete and return the ballot via email to daversacd@upmc.edu or  via fax to +1 (412) 624-4484 no later than February 27th, 2015. You may also mail your ballot to the following address: International Society for Bipolar Disorders, PO Box 7168, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

ISBD Board of Councilors Nominees


Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact ISBD at
Oldsj@upmc.edu.

ISBD Korea

Updates: On Saturday, November 8, 2014 ISBD Korea held their annual meeting in Seoul.  

Click here to read the program summary.  

ISBD Korea November 2014

Website:  www.facebook.com/isbdkorea

Executive Committee: 

    Hyun Sang Cho, President

    Eun Jung Joo, Vice-President

    Jong Woo Kim, Vice-President

    Jung Eun Choi, Treasurer

    Se Joo Kim, Secretary 

Upcoming Meetings: 

November 8, 2014 in Seoul.  For details contact isbdkorea01@gmail.com 

ISBD 2014:

The 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders was held in Seoul, South Korea in conjunction with the South Korean Chapter of the ISBD.  The meeting featured eight keynote talks, 32 submitted symposia, seven early morning brainstorming sessions, 12 oral communications, three pre-conference courses, two pre-conference regional satellites (including the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, East Asian Bipolar Forum, Southeast Asia and South Asia Bipolar Forum, the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Latin American presentation), and an advocacy program, including a session in Korean language for local delegates.  The meeting also featured the ISBD Samuel Gershon Awards, an Art Exhibit, and an outstanding opening ceremony with a local Korean percussion ensemble.  

Gershon award winners 2

Art exhibit

Entrance

Drum performance

 

Conference Slides 

Check out the slides on your favorite topic from the 2014 ISBD Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

ISBD Venezuela

Executive Committee: 

    Luis Madrid Peroza, President

    Pastor Oropeza, Vice-President

    Minerva Calderon, Treasurer

    Franca Caterina, Secretary