January 2021 – issue 128

Hello everyone!

We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and new year and are enjoying the start of 2021.

We were intending to start normal face-to face support groups in January but with the uncertainty of Covid we were unable to. We are hoping to start them up again in February and may end up with a mix of online and face-to-face meetings as we re-establish the venues and Covid-safe protocols. For the latest information regarding meetings please refer to the calendar on our forum.

This month we have new articles for you to read and some studies that you might like to read about or participate in.

All the best,

Bipolar Life 

Announcements

Support group meetings

During February there will be a mix of online and face-to-face meetings as we confirm venues and establish Covid-safe protocols.

For up-to-date information please refer to the Calendar and click on the meeting you want to attend. Further information and posts regarding meetings can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected].

Annual General Meeting

Bipolar Life is holding their AGM in February. The time and date are still being finalised. If you would like to attend please email [email protected] to be updated.

Updates will also be found on the forum.

New community forum

Bipolar Life has recently launched an online forum. This is the perfect place to discuss all things Bipolar.

Find the most up to date information about upcoming support groups meeting – times, dates and events. Tell your story, read about other people’s experiences, find resources, discuss doctors and treatments, contact facilitators and connect with other members.

Click here to sign up or view.

We hope to see you there!

Articles

Tools to help people with Bipolar Disorder

In this article, we’ll look at how tracking symptoms can help, then we’ll consider the range of different tools available including apps for people with bipolar disorder.

Read more…

Bipolar Disorder: Why holidays can be hard

The holidays can be a tricky for anyone. But people with bipolar disorder may anticipate November and December and January holidays with real dread — and depression. You’ll probably face loads of possible triggers: relatives, stress, exhaustion, and the temptation to overindulge, to name a few. Slipping into a mood swing may be much easier than usual.

Read More…

Studies

Peer Support Study

This research project evaluates the Bipolar Life peer support program by interviewing participants and leaders for their unique perspectives on the program.

Read more here

New Treatment Trial

The project aims to determine if an extract of mangosteen fruit helps reduce the symptoms of depression in those with bipolar disorder.

Read more here.

Virtual Reality study

The Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University would like to invite you to participate in research looking at how VR can be used to deliver mindfulness practice.

Read more here.