Dakota foundation will create awareness and a community hub to inform individuals and their families about bipolar and what information and services are available in the Okanagan. We also aim to create social media campaigns that educate the public about bipolar.MORE ABOUT DFBA
Kay Redfield Jamison
If Dakota, her family, and friends had been aware of the illness and the severity of her condition, Dakota might have been helped earlier and most likely would not have become so depressed causing her to lose her life to street drugs such as fentanyl.
There are different medications to treat bipolar. Sometimes the effectiveness of one does not work unbeknownst to the patient and doctor. As a result, the mentally ill will often self-medicate using street drugs or alcohol. These types of situations can be avoided if there was more funding for programs offering better patient monitoring within the medical community.
We have established the Dakota Foundation to bring awareness to the Okanagan and help fund the needed services such as the one above for those affected by the disorder.DAKOTA'S STORY
The real answer is no. Few hospitals are equipped to deal with bipolar, even where suicide was attempted. While the BC Ministry of Health is authorized to help, no funding has been provided.
Due to funding cuts to higher education, universities tend to limit educating their students about treating bipolar disorder in favour of other illnesses.
Privacy laws also prevent practitioners from involving the family.