Media Advisory - Demystifying Bipolar Disorder in Nova Scotia: Integrating it
into Everyday Lives

A fact-based media briefing on bipolar disorder in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - An estimated 26,000 Nova Scotians live with bipolar disorder. Often stigmatized in popular culture, the experience of bipolar disorder varies from one person to the next and almost always has a drastic impact on how individuals think, behave and function.

Bipolar Disorder dramatically affects the lives of those who have the illness as well as their families, friends, colleagues and employers. Unlike many other illnesses, delays from the onset of symptoms of bipolar disorder to the time of initial treatment can last up to 20 years.

Please join us for a live webcast media briefing that will address some of the facts and perceptions about bipolar disorder. Media are invited to participate via webcast, where a panel of experts will highlight:

    -   Statistics on prevalence, information on diagnosis and treatments,
        data on burden of illness, the myths of mental illness and more.
    -   Issues related to causative factors, treatment plans and recovery.
    -   Integrating bipolar disorder into everyday lives - the components for
        successful integration, how one can maintain stability, a balanced
        lifestyle and build support networks.
    -   Recovery - a personal success story.

    When:  Thursday November 19, 2009
           10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (AST) (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST) -
           one hour panel presentation, followed by Q&A session.

    How:   Webcast Media Briefing hosted by the Mood Disorders Society of
           Canada (MDSC) in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at
           Dalhousie University. Once you confirm your attendance (see below
           for contact information), log-in instructions will be provided.

    Who:   Phil Upshall, National Executive Director of the Mood Disorders
           Society of Canada and adjunct professor with the Department of
           Psychiatry at Dalhousie University (moderator).

           Dr. Claire O'Donovan, Psychiatrist, Mood Disorders,
           Capital District Mental Health Programs and Associate Professor
           with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.

           Nancy Beck, faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry,
           International Psychiatry Division at Dalhousie University and
           Director of Connections Halifax.

           Susan Kilbride Roper, who lives with Bipolar Disorder.


The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a national, not for profit, consumer driven, voluntary health charity committed to ensuring that the voice of consumers, family members and caregivers is heard on issues relating to mental health and mental illness and in particular with regard to depression, bipolar illness and other associated mood disorders. For more information about the MDSC, please visit

The Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University is home to over 250 faculty, Fellows, residents and staff. Working together we provide education, research and clinical services to the children, adults and seniors in our region. We also partner with developing countries to strengthen their public mental health capacity.

For more information, please visit


                         Webcast Login Instructions

                Demystifying Bipolar Disorder in Nova Scotia:
                     Integrating it into Everyday Lives

                         Thursday November 19, 2009
         10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (AST) (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST)

                             Webcast Instructions

Prior to the webcast:

To prepare for participation in the upcoming session, please run the wizard at the link below. We recommend that you do this the day before the live session to allow time to solve any problems encountered on your computer. Internet Explorer is the recommended web browser for viewing the webcast, as you may encounter problems with other browsers.

Please remember to turn off your pop-up blocker for the webcast session.

Run the Wizard with the following address:

(Note: You must have admin access on your computer to install the audio software.)

The day of the webcast:

About 15 minutes before the start of the session, login at the following link:

When prompted with the Participant Login, please enter your first and last name followed by your media outlet into the top box. (Note: There is no username and password requirement for this session.)

If you are unable to access the above link, the alternative to above is as follows:

The format of this webcast will enable you to listen to the live and interactive presentation in real time, follow the slides presented and ask questions of the panellists.

Should you have any problems with the online audio, a dial-in number has been provided which will allow you to listen in while you view the presentation. Please call 1-877-991-9494 and the PIN is 02827728.

Question Submission:

In the 15 minutes prior to the start of the event, there will be a brief tutorial on how you can submit questions via the text chat. Please ensure you are logged in prior to the presentation to test your ability to run the chat function.

The chat function consists of a text box in the lower left hand corner of your screen, where you may communicate with the participants. We ask that you hold all questions until the question and answer segment of the media briefing. (Note: When asking your question, please specify which panellist you are directing your question to.)

SOURCE Mood Disorders Society of Canada

For further information: For further information: or interview opportunities, please contact: Jennifer Ouellette, Thornley Fallis Communications, (416) 515-7517 x 386,

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