World Bipolar Day – Questions unanswered?
March 30 is World Bipolar Day, an internationally recognised event aiming to raise awareness of bipolar disorders and eliminate the social stigma that often surrounds mental illness. To observe this significant event, Deakin University’s Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT) Strategic Research Centre, along with Barwon Health and Geelong Regional Libraries are running a community event, ‘World Bipolar Day – Questions Unanswered?’
Located at the stunning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, this free evening event will host presentations from three members of the Geelong community, all of whom possess different perspectives of bipolar disorder. The event will include a Q&A panel session, where the panellists will share their perspectives and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about bipolar disorder.
One of the presenters is Daniel G. Taylor, a mental health copywriter, speaker and facilitator for Mind Works Geelong and bipolar life’s new Geelong Bipolar Support Group. Daniel also has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
"Research shows that the average person with bipolar has eight relapses over a 10-year period. In my first five years, I had four manic episodes requiring admission to hospital,” says Daniel, who knew he was on track to have the normal eight episodes in 10 years. Instead of following this track, Daniel chose to take responsibility for his mental health," Daniel said.
“I researched bipolar and studied people who stayed well long-term, using the scientific method to test what worked and discard what didn't. Along the way, I uncovered evidence-based treatments that form the basis of what I do well to not only stay well today, but to thrive. On 1 May 2017 it will be 16 years since I've had a relapse.”
Sharing research, resources and realities of bipolar disorder helps to maintain ongoing, open and honest conversations about mental health. Sitting on the panel with Daniel to continue these critical conversations are internationally-recognised Geelong-based researcher and world expert in bipolar disorder, Professor Michael Berk, and Clinical Co-ordinator at Geelong’s Jigsaw Young Person's Health Service, Darren Riggon.
“Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects at least 1 per cent of the population, with an estimated 29.5 million people living with the condition worldwide,” says Professor Berk. “This is why internationally-recognised days like World Bipolar Day are so significant.”
Presenters will briefly answer the question “What would you want to know about bipolar disorder?” and audience members will be able to ask questions, anonymously if they prefer, on anything to do with bipolar disorder, to ensure their questions no longer remain “unanswered”.
Register for this free community event to help build strength through building knowledge.