The Next Step: Powered by PechaKucha
On March 19, 2015 I presented 20 slides with 20 seconds each (the format of PechaKucha) about my personal experiences with bipolar and the stigma that surrounds it. It was a smaller crowd, but the intimate environment made the message more powerful. In this presentation I discussed the “jar”, labels, and how to relate to people on an individual level no matter what — a no excuse perspective. What I originally thought was a silly idea of comparing humans to jars ended up getting people to think about stigma and the human experience. I was pretty amazed with the comments I received afterward of how eye-opening my presentation was and how much it made sense (when, to me, I always question if I make sense in any capacity).
Mental Health Symposium – Respect Yourself: Understanding Coping Styles and Mechanisms
This presentation took place on February 14, 2015, at the Mental Health Symposium at the University of British Columbia. As part of SHARE, my friend and I did an hour long presentation on self-harm and self-care. We started off by breaking down a lot of misconceptions about what self-harm is and other misinformed beliefs; then we defined what it is and broke out into some really awesome brainstorming sessions. We talked about “weird emotion words”, how we cope, what and who is in our support systems, and our harm reduction model. It’s an issue than can affect anyone, so I put it here in its relevance to the depression end of bipolar. But, of course, living a healthy lifestyle is for everyone, so it’s good to know how we react and cope with stressors in our lives — stressors that can lead to depression and mania, and everything in between.
Student Leadership Conference – Highlighted Project (Redefining Mood Disorders)
On January 10, 2015, I presented at the Student Leadership Conference hosted by the University of British Columbia. It was an exciting day, as I was also partaking in the conference’s activities as a delegate. My professional duties, unfortunately, made me miss a few of the fantastic speakers at the conference, but duty called. I spent my lunchtime at a networking session talking to other delegates, and then rushed off to check-in for my presentation.
The volunteer liaison guided me to our designated room and we began setting up; as always, we experienced some technical difficulties, but thankfully got things up and running just as the delegates were arriving. The hour that followed was truly a defining moment for me, and the Q&A period after my presentation was ripe with thoughtful questions and deep conversation. It was a day of great inspiration and I’m excited as I take my “next steps” as an organization.