July 2020 issue 124

Hello everyone!

We hope you are keeping well. In our new look newsletter we bring you new ways to connect with others and also some ideas and practical advice to help you with loneliness and navigating a hospital admission. There are also some studies that you might like to read about or participate in.

All the best,

The Bipolar Life team

Announcements

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!

During lockdown we are holding support group meetings over Zoom.

Date Location Time
Tue 4/08/2020 Open/combined 7.30pm
Wed 5/08/2020 Northcote 7.30pm
Thu 6/08/2020 Newport 7.30pm
Tue 18/08/2020 Box Hill 7.30pm
Wed 19/08/2020 Open/combined 7.30pm
Mon 24/08/2020 Women’s 7.30pm
Tue 25/08/2020 Geelong 6.30pm
Wed 26/08/2020 Northcote 7.30pm

Open meetings are for Bentleigh, Berwick, Frankston & Knox, but anyone can attend.

For up to date changes and to get information regarding logging onto Zoom, check 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].

Articles

Psychiatric Hospital Admission and Discharge

Even if you do your best to lead a healthy lifestyle and follow your prescribed treatment plan, unfortunately hospitalisation may still be necessary. Around one in ten psychiatric admissions are for bipolar disorder, with depression and schizophrenia being the most common reasons.

In this article we’ll explore why admission might be helpful, what to expect during your stay, and how to transition being back to living at home after discharge.

Read more…

By Yourself? 10 Ideas to Help With Loneliness

Loneliness is a complex mental and emotional phenomenon that has at its base a powerful emotion that has survival value for children. All of us have experienced some degree of abandonment, if only for a short time, and remember the painful and scary feeling that goes along with it.

Whenever we are reminded of this feeling or anticipate it in the future, we get a twinge of abandonment distress that we experience as loneliness.

Read more…

Studies

Bipolar UK Survey

“Almost twice as many people tell us they’ve been hospitalised for suicide attempts than due to COVID-19 symptoms”

Read more here.

Download the results here.

Optimising Medications

This Black Dog Institute study aims to examine patient perspectives on the efficacy of medications for bipolar disorder, in order to make recommendations for optimal treatment choices.

To take the survey click here.

 

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.

Feedback wanted

Take 2 short surveys and give feedback regarding experiences with mental health emergency departments and behavioural facilities.

Read more here.

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