March 2021 – issue 130
In a long awaited change, the March support groups were mainly held face-to-face. As long as there is no surprise COVID lockdowns or restrictions, the in-person meetings should continue into April. As usual, the best way to check times, dates and locations of meetings is to go to the calendar on our forum.
In this newsletter we bring some new stories, articles and studies that you might enjoy or take part in.
All the best,
Annual General Meeting
We held our AGM in March and are please to announce that we have a new President – James Karantonis. Some of you may know James from the Box Hill support group meetings where he facilitates.
Wes Hannah is continuing as Secretary and Ray Farrelly as Treasurer.
VMIAC is offering a connection and support program for people with lived experience who are ﬁnding the current ongoing pandemic situation difﬁcult and would beneﬁt from a peer-based response.
The program will work from a strengths based approach, assisting you through a structured model, to improve your ability to cope with issues related to COVID-19 and more easily manage your distress or anxiety.
Visit their website for more info.
How to predict your next bipolar episode
Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop a depressive or manic episode in its tracks?
Is there any proof that anything can be done to keep yourself from having a relapse of illness?
Fortunately, for many people with bipolar disorder, they are able to sense a relapse.
Bipolar Disorder and strained relationships
The tricky thing about bipolar disorder is that there is no one state to get used to. As the name implies, there are two somewhat opposite extremes of behavior: the manic and the depressive. They have very distinguishing characteristics, both of which can be damaging for loved ones.
How a mental health diagnosis can be empowering
When First Impressions are the Worst Impressions
The first time you ever heard the term “mental illness”, what did you think of? I can tell you what I thought of……. I was in the beginning of high school the first time I recall hearing this term. At the time, associated it with people who were unstable. .
Understanding the causes of Bipolar Disorder
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. They have a number of research projects looking into the genetics of Bipolar Disorder.
The studies are interesting and wide ranging.
Go to the website for more info.
Australian Genetics of Bipolar Disorder study
Volunteer for the world’s largest and most rigorous investigation into the serious and potentially life-threatening illness.
The deadline was December 31st but this has been extended (verified today) but the website has not been updated.
Bipolar Disorder Research Registry
The Bipolar Disorder Research Registry is a database of everyday Australians who wish to participate in research focusing on bipolar disorder and other related disorders. You do not have to have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to be on the registry, just an interest in research.
Researchers rely on the generosity of others to give up their time to participate in a range of assessments, from simple surveys to brain scans.The greater the number of participants in a study, the more meaningful data becomes, and that’s why the registry is so important.
Go to the website for more info.
Optimising pharmacotherapy for Bipolar Disorder
Researchers at the University of New South Wales and Black Dog Institute are conducting a project looking at treatments (especially medications) for bipolar disorder. By hearing your personal stories about your journeys through treatment, we hope to be able to improve the lives of individuals with bipolar disorder by making recommendations for better treatment decisions.
Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that should not take more than 30 minutes. You will be asked about your treatment history, experiences with bipolar disorder, and demographic details. The survey will be completely anonymous.
Go to the website to read about it or to participate.