Mental Wellness

The World Health Organization's definition of health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" implies that perfect "health" is an unattainable ideal, and this point of view is also reflected in the concept of mental health, as no person will exhibit all the symptoms of mental health all the time. Freud's definition of health as the capacity "to work and to love" is widely accepted by menta health specialists as simple and accurate, and does not reflect the legal or moral considerations which often colour attempts to describe mental health.

The Laurel Foundation supports Mental Wellness initiatives through communication in the everyday world, in the classroom, at work and in the community.

Funded Projects

  1. Supporting people with bipolar disorder in work and educational settings: A knowledge translation project Dr. Erin Michalak, Mood Disorders Centre | Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

    Over a period of three days of filming and several weeks of editing, the CREST.BD team has produced three new videos on work life and bipolar disorder. We are excited to now share the finished products on our Bipolar Wellness Centre.

    The video series covers a number of issues commonly encountered in the work lives of people who live with bipolar disorder, including:

    • Finding the right fit between you, your career, and your bipolar disorder
    • Making use of support services such as occupational therapy
    • Disclosure in the workplace

    The video series features Victoria Maxwell, an actor and CREST.BD network member who lives well with bipolar disorder, CREST.BD Network Member Sara Lapsley, and (real!) healthcare providers from the CREST.BD team including psychiatrist Dr. Chris Gorman. Production of these videos was made possible by the Laurel Foundation.

    Click here to view videos

  2. The business of bipolar disorder: A project to support Canadian employers, employees and entrepreneurs Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC Dept. of Psychiatry

    Bipolar disorder (BD) is a mood disorder characterized by changes in mood (ranging between mania and depression), thinking, and behaviours. It is often first diagnosed in young adulthood, emphasizing the importance of early intervention. The condition affects about half a million Canadians, and is the sixth leading cause of disability among people aged 18-44. The severity and unpredictability of BD lead to considerable stigma towards those who live with the condition, as well as for caregivers and loved ones.

Making a donation

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you. The Laurel Foundation is run and managed by volunteers, with 100% of every contribution going towards autism research, program development, mental health support services and medical missions in Mongolia.

Donations to Laurel Foundation can be made by cheque to Laurel Foundation, or through CHIMP (Charitable Impact Foundation (Canada)) https://chimp.net/

Please specify the area that you would like to support.

Charitable tax receipts from Laurel Foundation are issued in January; CHIMP receipts can be managed online.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

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