Bipolar Basics: Bipolar 101

CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Emma Morton (University of British Columbia) and mental health educator Victoria Maxwell provide an overview of bipolar disorder, explain the different diagnoses/symptoms, the mood episode triggers and warning signs to look out for, and ways to stay well. 

Hosted by Dr. Steven Barnes. 

Dr. Emma Morton is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC Psychiatry. She completed her Ph.D. and training as a psychologist in 2018 at Swinburne University, Australia, and moved to Canada to join the CREST.BD team as an Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellow in 2019. Emma’s research interests include quality of life, self-management strategies, and digital mental health tools for people living with mood disorders. She has clinical experience working in community mental health, early intervention, and hospital settings.

Since being diagnosed with BD, psychosis, and anxiety, Victoria Maxwell has become one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder. As a performer, her funny, powerful messages about mental wellness create lasting change in individuals and organizations. By sharing her story of mental illness and recovery she makes the uncomfortable comfortable, the confusing understandable. The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her keynote That’s Just Crazy Talk as one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country.


Was recently diagnosed so am learning and discovering lots. Was we to share this webinar with friends and family. Thank you!

It was an authentic conversation, and I really appreciated the clinician and patient experience (very well done on the part of Victoria!)

I liked all the resources and also hearing from someone that has experienced mania and psychosis and has lived to tell about it. We do not know what we are dealing with so this was extremely insightful.

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