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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.