ASBDD annually acknowledges this important recognition of Bipolar Disorders.
World Bipolar Day – an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders – will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.
The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to educate the world population about bipolar disorders that will educate and help improve sensitivity toward the illness.
For further information visit http://www.worldbipolarday.org/
2018 – WORLD BIPOLAR DAY:
- will be launching a kit for carers “Coming Home“ to close the gap between the moment a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar and/ or hospitalised and the going home from a Dr’s room and/ or discharged from hospital. This tool will be part of the early intervention provided to the person with bipolar, encouraging informed open dialogue amongst all involved from the beginning of the treatment. Workshops will be conducted in NSW ,ACT and Victoria initially, providing information to GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, etc. encouraging the use of the kit .
- a display In Sydney CBD (Martin Place) will contain information about Bipolar Disorder, Multilingual copies on CDs about bipolar and nine other health issues. Professor Greg De Moore will be dedicating copies of the book “Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder” by Ann Westmore and Greg De Moore; audio CD and MP3 CD available.
- the awareness campaign “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” is to encourage the community to find out more about the condition while having fun with colleagues, friends and family members.
2017 – WORLD BIPOLAR DAY:
Blow Bubbles for Bipolar
Bipolar Australia celebrated 2017 World Bipolar Day with “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” in Martin Place, outside the Sunrise studio.
Help to end the silence surrounding Bipolar Disorder by taking a few minutes to “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” with your colleagues, friends, and family on World Bipolar Day.
Public Q & A Forum
IMPACT Strategic Research Centre (Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment), Deakin University partnered with the Community and Research Network (CARN), Barwon Health, and Geelong Regional Libraries (Victoria) to host a public Q&A forum. The event included 3 expert panellists (Daniel Taylor, Professor Michael Berk, Darren Riggon) and provided the Geelong community with the opportunity learn more about bipolar disorder and the many resources available in the region.
Let’s Have a Chat
“Let’s Have a Chat” Support Group held an event on the Gold Coast, Queensland, for 2017 World Bipolar Day.
2016 – WORLD BIPOLAR DAY:
Reducing the sting of stigma
IMPACT (Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment) together with Deakin University and Barwon Health, Geelong, Australia, held a three hour free “drop-in” session on 30 March 2016. IMPACT’s finest bipolar disorder researchers were available with information about bipolar disorder. A short quiz about bipolar disorder was held with prizes awarded. The Lounge Cafeteria, at the University Hospital, Geelong, was the venue for this event.
2015 – WORLD BIPOLAR DAY:
What’s new in Bipolar Disorder research?
Geelong Mood Support Group (Victoria) conducted a seminar on 30 March 2015. Researchers from IMPACT SRC discussed current and future studies in Bipolar Disorders.
Bipolar Australia conducted a meeting on Celebrating Recovery with the keynote address delivered by Professor Gin Malhi. This meeting was held at The York Conference & Function Centre, 99 York Street, Sydney.