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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.

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Wednesday 28th March 

“Questions Unanswered???”

Presented by:  IMPACT (Deakin University) and ASBDD at

Deakin EDGE, Federation Square, Melbourne

Time:      6:00-8:00PM (Doors at 5:30)

Cost:      FREE but registration is required; tickets are available via Eventbrite

Open Address by Mr Gregory Ross, Australian Rotary Health Chair

Q&A Three expert panellists – and three important perspectives.

Internationally acclaimed Bipolar Researcher Prof Michael Berk of Deakin University,
Clinician A/Prof Chris Davey of Orygen Youth Health,
Expert by Experience Dr Sarah Russell of Research Matters fame

Monday, 26 March, 2018

NSW Parliament House, Sydney

Launch of a kit Coming home with bipolar written by Bipolar Australia with the purpose of:

For carers of someone diagnosed with bipolar to receive information at the time of diagnosis. These could be at a Dr’s room or in hospital.

The kit encourages consumers and carers to engage in an open dialogue and we hope that being informed about bipolar and will empower both to actively participate in the team treating the person.

Tuesday, 27 March,2018

Blow Bubbles for Bipolar

Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

Information stall and Awareness point “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar”.

Bipolar Australia will have an Information stall and encourage people to “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” The bubble is a metaphor as a person in a manic state is said to be “high” and bubbly, but when in the depression, “lows”, crashes like a bubble.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

On the grounds of the Parliament House

Time 3.00 P.M. WORLD BIPOLAR DAY 2018 will be celebrated in Canberra.

The Honourable Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, will join Bipolar Australia in the grounds of the Parliament House to ” Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” bringing awareness to the condition.

The awareness ribbon created by Ryde Bipolar Inclusive Support Group, has been adopted to mark the occasion.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

Commencing at at 10.00 am, Westmead Institute of Medical Research will be hosting a morning tea and information session for World Bipolar Day at 176 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW, 2145. There will be a panel of experts in bipolar for a Q&A Panel. This panel will be led by the director of the Brain Dynamics Centre at Westmead, Dr Mayuresh Korgaonkar, and also includes psychiatrists, social workers, and professors.



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.



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.