Setting sail: Launch of the CREST.BD Bipolar Wellness Centre

March 26, 2015

The CREST.BD network ( will launch its new online ‘Bipolar Wellness Centre’ on World Bipolar Day, March 30th 2015. Produced with research funding from the Canadian government, the website – and the cutting edge evidence and tools on quality of life (QoL) and self-management of BD it houses – have been in preparation for over two years. Within the Bipolar Wellness Centre are a number of unique interactive features, such as a sophisticated QoL Tool, videos showing concrete examples of BD self-management in action, 14 expert webinars on different QoL domains, a ‘Living Library’ and resources for healthcare providers. The QoL Tool allows people with BD to measure their QoL over time, and provides them with tailored information on self-management strategies that reflect their personal QoL profile.

In this webinar, Dr. Erin Michalak, Leader of CREST.BD, will:  

  • Describe the importance of QoL assessment and supported self-management in people with bipolar disorder
  • Introduce CREST.BD‘s QoL Tool, designed to support QoL assessment in people with bipolar disorder 
  • Introduce CREST.BD‘s Bipolar Wellness Centre, designed to support evidence-informed self-management in people with bipolar disorder 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Dr. Erin Michalak
erin michalakDr. Erin Michalak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her background is in psychology, with a PhD awarded from the University of Wales College of Medicine in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in bipolar disorder, quality of life, knowledge translation, self-management, e-health, seasonal and nonseasonal depression, and assessment scales for mood disorders. Dr. Michalak’s research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, amongst others. She is the founder and leader of the ‘Collaborative RESearch Team for the study of psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder’ (CREST.BD,, a CIHR-funded Canadian network designed to foster psychosocial research and knowledge translation in BD.  She has published over 80 scientific articles and several books and book chapters. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where she is an avid mushroom hunter and breeder of Giant Schnauzers.

Thanks to our friends at the International Bipolar Foundation for sharing this information.

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