World Bipolar Day, celebrated every March 30, is a day to reach out, connect and come together in solidarity around the concerns of people living with bipolar. Sponsored by the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) in conjunction with the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD) and the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), it is a time for us all to act, speak out and give support to each other in reducing stigma.
The IBPF has a separate website for World Bipolar Day, which includes links to “virtual” events being planned by local groups, and ways you can participate on social media.
COVID-19 and mental health
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has a special resource to help cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Click here to listen to an audio interview with Dr. LaGenia Bailey, a mental health professional who offered a wealth of advice and encouragement for listeners — tips for managing anxiety, staying connected with others and maintaining a positive outlook, even as news reports and social media flood us with updates.
There is such a wealth of online resources, and since we’re all staying home and living online, now is the time to check them out!