Bipolar Disorder & Your Home

Mental health advocates Don Kattler and Victoria Maxwell explore how to take care of your home while living well with bipolar disorder. They discuss how the ability to care for your home can serve as warning signs for mood episodes and how depression, mania and hypomania can affect our homes in specific ways.

Hosted by Dr. Emma Morton

Don Kattler is currently Policy Analyst with the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA) on the Indigenous Partnerships and Wellness team. Don recently relocated back to Victoria, BC after spending the last eight years in Port Hardy, BC. Prior to joining MMHA, he spent the last five years with the Ministry of Children and Family Development as the Family Consultant for the BC Community Poverty Reduction Initiative. Previously, Don was with Island Health MHSU and has worked on ICM and ACT teams. In addition, Don managed several projects and programs on northern Vancouver Island, including the Housing First Initiative through the Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre. Don has also presented at The End of Poverty National Conference and the Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium and was the recipient of the Camosun College’s Promising Alumni Award in 2018.

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.

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