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Lecture: How to Live Well and Stay Well with Bipolar Disorder

Have you or has someone you care about been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?  Has it been an ongoing struggle to create a balanced life, possibly maintaining wellness for a short time, only to be drawn back into the vicious up and down cycle of mood instability?  What if it were possible to become well and stay well in the face of the inevitable stressors of life.  At this live lecture, you will learn simple and practical tips to enhance your level of wellness and ability to maintain it long-term.  A bipolar diagnosis does not have to be a life sentence of suffering, anguish, and dashed hopes and dreams.  Instead, it can become a strength that fosters personal growth and enhances one’s life.  The tips outlined in this talk are designed to provide a solid foundation for a lasting recovery.  

The Speaker: Serena Goldsmith, ASW, MSW

Serena Goldsmith is a Mental Health Clinician and Peer Support Specialist who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Sociology (1994) and her Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from California State University San Marcos (2017).  In addition to her years of professional experience providing individual counseling and group therapy to clients with bipolar disorder and other mental health diagnoses, Serena has 26 years of lived experience with bipolar disorder, type I.  As a mental health recovery educator and advocate, she is passionate about sharing knowledge gained from her own recovery journey as well as from her work with clients in order to provide hope and practical recovery tools to others.

Serena has spoken for several different organizations, including International Bipolar Foundation, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Tri-City Medical Center, Cal State University San Marcos, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine, and Alternative Health Tools. She has been interviewed by CBS 8 News, KPBS Evening Edition News, The San Diego Union Tribune, and Everyday Health, among others.  She is a trained and certified facilitator for the Copeland Center’s Mental Health Recovery and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) class and SAMHSA’s Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) group, and is currently leading a Mindfulness Meditation Group at the outpatient mental health clinic where she works. 

When not pursuing her career passions, Serena enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking care of her cat Pumpkin, inventing healthy plant-based recipes, doing yoga and exercise, singing and listening to different types of music, reading non-fiction books and articles, writing poetry, and spending time in nature.