ON-BPD News | 2016, Issue 1

Following are some news stories from us, as well as some bulletins we've received that may be of interest to you. If you have news that would be of interest to us or our members, please send it to webservices@on-bpd.ca. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list to receive these bulletins in your inbox.


Winter 2016 Session of Family Connections

The winter session of Family Connections will be running from January 9 to March 19 in Kanata. This session is already filled, but anyone interested in participating in future sessions should submit an application.

NOUVEAU: Cours de Connexion familiale en français, printemps 2016  

Il nous fait grand plaisir d'offrir le programme Connexion familiale en français cette année, de 2 avril au 18 juin. Nous acceptons actuellement des demandes de participation

Presentation: Loving Someone with BPD 

Join ON-BPD for a dynamic session with Dr. Deanna Mercer and Dr. Christine Dickson who will candidly discuss top-of-mind issues concerning Borderline Personality Disorder, including: 

  • What are the criteria for diagnosis – changes in the DSM V? 
  • What are the typical route(s) to getting a diagnosis of BPD?
  • What are treatment options and expected outcomes for people diagnosed with BPD?
  • What are critical success factors and how can love-ones help?  

The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with our presenters, and ON-BPD volunteers will be able to take questions from the audience in both English and French. We encourage you to submit questions in advance by sending an e-mail to info@on-bpd.ca.  
Date: January 27, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 for members of ON-BPD. $15 for non-members (includes a one-year membership)
Location: CMHA Offices, 1355 Bank Street, Ottawa
Registration and further information: Visit our Eventbrite page. Seating is limited to 70 people, so please register early.

Online Bipolar Wellness Resource

CREST.BD (a research group) recently launched its ground-breaking, online Bipolar Wellness Centre. It was created by a dedicated network of researchers, healthcare providers and people living with the condition, and addresses the barriers that people with BD face in accessing the (good and evidence-based) information they need to manage the illness and lead fulfilling lives. The Bipolar Wellness Centre can be accessed via www.bdwellness.com.

Caregivers and Powers of Attorney 

The Oasis in Kanata presents an information session by Dr. Barbara Collins of The Ottawa Hospital’s Acute Care Inpatient Neuropsychology Service who will explore the legal aspects of decision-making capacities in people with mental illnesses, the capacity assessment process, powers of attorney, guardianship, and informed consent.  Free, no registration required.  All welcome.  
Location: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.  
When: Monday, January 18, 7-9 p.m.
For further information, email info@TheOasisKanata.ca.