Substance Use During Crisis

Clinical psychologist and co-director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research Professor Steven Jones (Lancaster University) and mental health educator Victoria Maxwell discuss substance abuse and bipolar disorder. They highlight the importance of accessing resources and services, recognizing triggers, and practicing self acceptance.

Hosted by Dr. Emma Morton.

Prof. Steven Jones‘ primary research interest has been, for over 15 years, the psychology and psychological treatment of bipolar disorder and related experiences. He has over 100 publications on the subject, mainly on the development of cognitive behavioural approaches for bipolar disorder and on psychological models around the development and recurrence of experiences of bipolar disorder. He is also Co-Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University.

Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, 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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