Event Information


ASBDD will annually acknowledge 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.

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Bipolar Australia is celebrating 2017 World Bipolar Day with “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” on Thursday, 30 March from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm. If you live or work in Sydney, NSW, please visit Martin Place, outside the Sunrise studio. For more information visit:  Associate Professor Gregory De Moore and Dr Ann Westmore, authors of “Finding Sanity” and “John Cade, Lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder”, will also be in attendance.

This World Bipolar Day, help to end the silence surrounding Bipolar Disorder by taking a few minutes to “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” with your colleagues, friends, and family.


IMPACT Strategic Research Centre (Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment), Deakin University has partnered with the Community and Research Network (CARN), Barwon Health, and Geelong Regional Libraries (Victoria) to host a public Q&A forum from 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start on Thurdsday, 30 March. This event will host 3 expert panellists (Daniel Taylor, Professor Michael Berk, Darren Riggon) and provide the Geelong community with the opportunity learn more about bipolar disorder and the many resources available in the region. For information on speakers and program, please visit:  IMPACT


“Let’s Have a Chat” Support Group are holding an event on the Gold Coast, Queensland, for 2017 World Bipolar Day. People living with mental illness, their carers and families are welcome to attend on Thursday, 30 March.  For further information contact:


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.


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.

Celebrating Recovery

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.