Dr. Erin Michalak is the team leader of CREST.BD (http://www.crestbd.ca) a team that encompasses researchers, clinicians and community members with a special interest in developing knowledge on BD. The international team includes representatives from a variety of health disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, nursing, genetic counseling, and mental health advocacy. One example of Dr. Michalak’s program of research is her recently funded Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) grant.
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STOP and read the following clearly. This article may be troubling to somebody thinking about suicide. This article is about personal and factual experiences regarding suicide. Please do not read if you are in a dark place and feeling suicidal. Suicide is never the answer, finding help and support IS. At the end of this article, I listed numerous resources, to obtain more information on this topic, as well as crisis hotline numbers for immediate support. Please utilize these fully.