|From the International Bipolar Foundation, click to visit our website|
Welcome to the August e-newsletter. I always think the summer months will drag languidly along until August, and then suddenly everyone is back to school & the calendar fills up again.
For those of you in the warm hemisphere, I hope you are still enjoying these summer days. For those "down under", drop us a line, tell us what you're doing, - we love to get mail!
We mourn the loss of those killed in the tragic shootings last month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families and all those affected.
We recognize that this senseless shooting will stimulate many conversations about gun laws, public safety, violence and their association to mental illness. Here is our public response to the tragedy.
We send warm wishes for good health to all.
P.S. Feel free to also contact me at anytime Muffy
Our new mailing address: 8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360 San Diego CA 92122
|If you are in a crisis,|
please call: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Amy comments about our previous webinar; The Basics, Diagnosis, and the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder for Patients and their Families
"Can I get this slides from this webinar? It was FANTASTIC! You have now surpassed Stanford Medical School (Palo Alto) as my best resource for research, etc. Thank you again! "Amy
A First Rate Madness: Mood Disorders and Leadership
S. Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH
Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, Mood Disorder Program
Tufts Medical Center
Join us for a Webinar on August 15 at 9:30am PST
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
S. Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH is a psychiatric researcher with expertise in bipolar disorder, and training in philosophy and public health. He is the author of the bestselling book, A First Rate Madness: Exploring the Links between Mental Illness and Leadership (Penguin Press, 2011), and other books like The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model,A Clinician's Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health, The Concepts of Psychiatry, and Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide. He has also published over 150 scientific articles or book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.
Dr. Ghaemi obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond, completed a medical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and a research psychopharmacology fellowship in mood disorders at MGH, followed by faculty positions at George Washington University, Harvard Medical School, Emory University, and now Tufts University School of Medicine. He also received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Tufts University in 2001 and a Master of Public Health degree in the Clinical Effectiveness Program from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004.
| SPECIAL GUEST LECTURER|
Dr. Mauricio Tohen
Transforming Mental Health Through Leadership and Collaboration -From Clinical Epidemiology to Clinical Trials-
FOCUS ON YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sanford Children's Research Center Building 12
10905 Road to the Cure
San Diego, CA 92121
|International Bipolar Foundation has been invited back for the 2nd time as an official charity for the 2013 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half.|
Please support us and our team, the Stigma Busters, by raising $15,000 between now and January! The goal of the International Bipolar Foundation is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those affected by bipolar disorder. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see the changes and improvements.
Brochure: Mental Illness and College Students
Mental Health Ministries has a brochure with information on how we can all make a difference by raising awareness combating stigma and advocating for the overall well being of college students...mind, body and spirit. This brochure is available here
With thanks to the INGENIUM group in Monterrey, Mexico, this brochure is also available in Spanish.
NEWS AROUND THE WORLD
CREST.BD's Hong Kong satellite receives funding for recovery-oriented research study
Dr. Samson Tse, CREST.BD researcher, and his team at the University of Hong Kong have received funding from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council to study differences in recovery-focused outcomes between individuals living with bipolar disorder and those with schizophrenia. The study will explore the relationship between personal (subjective) recovery in people with bipolar disorder and objective measures of recovery.
Mental Health Commission of Canada study: 'Mental Health, Mental Illness & Chronic Disease'
Forward Bi-Polar News is happy to announce that we have launched a website; www.forwardbipolar.com. We will be making all future newsletters available via this website. This will ensure that the information and articles are easily accessible to you and those with whom you would like to share it.
Thank you for staying with us. Please share this news with your contacts and let them know they can subscribe for this newsletter on our new website.
Regards, Jonathan Ashby
Suicidal patients left in the community
I am very pleased to send you the 2nd Consultation Draft of the National Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Practice and Service Delivery. I have also attached the Summary & Questions file. The Word version is on the project's webpage at www.CrazeLateralSolutions.com. If you have any difficulty with the files, please contact Ross - firstname.lastname@example.org
Your comments are most welcome. Closing date for comments is 16 August 2012.
Here is a circular to provide to their schools. We have a total lack of understanding and consideration for the bipolar child in our schools, and we have unanimously agreed that we need to take some steps in "educating" the educators.
We are delighted to announce our article on the affects that having a bipolar child in the family has on parents, caregivers, grandparents and other family members or friends.
Please click on the link below to read, or enter the website on the TELL YOUR STORY page. www.bpkidssouthafrica.co.za
Discrimination affects the mental health of people in the GLBTI community
beyondblue has released a position statement highlighting the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the mental health of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people. here
Stress faced by caregivers a concern
Regular medication helps bipolar patients lead a normal life
The summer issue is now available.
Did you know bp Magazine is now available in a digital version?
click here for digital access
Clearing up bipolar brain fog
Can't find the car keys. Forgot an appointment. Read the same page three times and still don't know what it said.
Is it stress, middle age, medications ... or a symptom of bipolar?
As you'll read in "The Cognitive Connection," the cover story of our new Summer issue, science is finding that deficits in memory, organization and focus may be inherent in bipolar disorder. So far there is no "magic medication" for those brain blips, but there are plenty of coping strategies.
Those of us who live with two labels-bipolar and some variation of a racial or ethnic category (black, Asian, Hispanic and so on)-may have to work a little harder to get the care we need.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month focuses efforts on education and outreach during July. But disparities in diagnosis and treatment stick around all year, as plenty of research has documented.
It's hard to pinpoint just one reason for such inequities. Socioeconomic factors, cross-cultural misinterpretation, provider bias, and community values all play a role. The bottom line: Informed self-advocacy becomes all the more important with race or ethnicity in the mix.
to read more about it in bp's award winning article: "The color of bp" (Fall 2005). And watch for "Culture clash," a feature on race, ethnicity and depression, coming in the Summer issue of esperanza Magazine in early August.
Have your best year ever at Fusion! We are still enrolling students for the fall term, beginning September 4, at both our Solana Beach and San Diego campuses.
Info Session San Diego
View a presentation by our head of school, who will share with you the concept of Fusion Academy and our unique one-to-one approach.
Date: Tuesday, August 21 Time: 6:45 - 8:00pm
CBT, Supportive Therapy Equally Effective for Bipolar
By TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 13, 2012
A recent study has found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and supportive therapy are equally effective in treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder. here
Even Mild Mental Health Problems Linked to Reduced Life Expectancy
By JANICE WOOD Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 1, 2012
People with mental health problems have a lower life expectancy, according to a new study. here
|THE BOOK CORNER
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle
Did you know our book is being translated into several different languages? Meet Asa from Cape Town, South Africa, who is translating it into Afrikaans. Thank you Asa, we hope to someday meet you in person!!
Asa in the center in cream jacket
Mind on the Run by Dottie Pacharis-
Mind on the Run chronicles a family tragedy the life and death of Scott C. Baker. It's a story of a family s efforts to help Scott through five major, prolonged bipolar manic episodes. It's the story of a suicide that proper treatment would have prevented.
The book tells a compelling story of love and loss. It's a tragic account, filled with sadness and frustration, of a family s futile attempts to save their loved one. It takes readers inside the bipolar mind, a mind tormented by psychotic and delusional thoughts that erase any semblance of reality, a mind trapped in a body ravaged by irreversible damage from untreated bipolar disorder. Readers will grieve for Scott as they watch him lose his successful business, his family, and ultimately his life.
You Need Help by Mark Komrad MD
If you feel that a friend or loved one has a problem and needs professional help, this step-by-step guide will give you the tools to approach, engage, and support him or her.
Just about everyone knows a relative, friend, or coworker who is exhibiting signs of emotional or behavioral turmoil. Yet figuring out how to reach out to that person can feel insurmountable. We know it is the right thing to do, yet many of us hesitate to take action out of fear of conflict, hurt feelings, or damaging the relationship. Others have tried to talk with the person, but he or she just won't listen.
Unbreakable Spirit by Lisa Nichols In Unbreakable Spirit, bestselling author and breakthrough specialist Lisa Nichols presents 39 inspiring true stories of bouncing back and soaring high against all odds. Written in the style of Lisa's bestselling anthologies, Chicken Soup for the African American's Soul, Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul and Living Proof, the stories in this book reflect experiences common to every walk of life. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, you will find yourself in these pages... along with the courage to rise above your own "impossible" and walk your path to greatness.
Memoir gives vital steps for coping with bipolar disorder through various avenues
"Polarized: a bipolar memoir" by Dr. Patricia Frisch allows readers to see how one woman with bipolar disorder created a successful, happy life for herself despite the illness' effects
Dr. Patricia Frisch shares her life experiences with bipolar disorder and explains how she's led a successful life despite the condition in her memoir, "Polarized: a bipolar memoir" (ISBN 1467966290). She stresses research as a priority for finding a cure for this physical illness. According to Frisch, medication compliance and identifying environmental stressors that aggravate the illness make a significant difference in clients' functional abilities.
Surviving Mental Illness
Author Linda Naomi Katz has written an excellent book on mental illness, specifically mood disorders. Surviving Mental Illness: My Story is easy to read and understand.
At the beginning, she talks about three specific mood disorders and the symptoms and possible treatment for these disorders. In addition, she gives resources for those who are suffering from mental illness with information on jobs, housing, and transportation. Ms. Katz provides this information in a supportive, empathetic writing style.
The next chapter discusses her family's history of mental illness and how it impacted her and those around her. Her mother was diagnosed with depression, although the author does state that she felt her mom had bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, based on the types of medication she was taking.
The remaining chapters take us on the author's own journey of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder explaining how she dealt with this chaotic life. During this time she relates many of the issues she had to deal with such as lack of relationships, low self esteem, suicidal thoughts, and the death of her parents.
One of the wonderful things the author did was to remain positive throughout her writing so that readers would know that these disorders can be treated and a person can live a fulfilling life. She also provided many resources for readers who wish to seek additional information and support.
Dear Friend & Advocate|
From the beginning of school to the time your child either graduates or "ages out" of special education, you should have a record or copy of...
IEPs, evaluations, progress reports, correspondence, notes, journals, samples of your child's work, and medical records. etc.
If your child's current file is not complete, begin now to gather any missing information or records.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn how to review your child's records and request copies of all necessary documents. Get tips for writing effective request letters. Find sample letters.
Dear Friend & Advocate
This week you will begin to tackle the mountain of paperwork generated by the special education system.
Do you have bags, boxes and folders full of miscellaneous documents and records?
It's time to organize.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the steps for correctly organizing, dating, and filing documents in your child's special education file. Find out what to do... and what NOT to do.
Welcome Bret, Chato and Jeremy our newest bloggers
Bret A. Warshawsky is an independent writer, activist, artist and aspiring entrepreneur. He was published for the first time last year in a book with world-renowned author and transformational speaker Lisa Nichols, sharing his story of the journey in transforming mental illness into a blessing through passion. Currently, you can find him on his blog at http://bretawarshawsky.com/ and Facebook. He's working on a business plan for a website that provides information and tools for people who would like to supplement their medications with an integral approach to recovery and the foundation of exploring and focusing on passion(s). The business will also be concentrating on hiring and supporting people with mental illness through a philanthropic foundation. Bret's other interests include Free Energy, film, music, travel, networking and more. He loves to connect so feel free to reach out!
I'm a 27 year old man with bipolar I disorder. My roots are in the great state of Pennsylvania, but being a Navy child, I was raised in the southeast coast. For my early childhood I lived in Charleston, SC. In the first semester of the 1996-97 school year I moved in with my dad and stepmom to escape the unstable household of my mother. I have been in GA ever since. My first bout with mental illness was in the spring of my 9th grade year in high school. I was under a lot of stress (playing football, I had just lost my grandfather who I was very close with and I was beginning to hang out with a different crowd than usual in high school). After several weeks of an unstable sleep schedule, I began to have manic thoughts. Those manic thoughts became actions when I decided to follow the ladder in the janitors closet to the roof of my high school. I just felt like going for a walk. After I came down I was hospitalized for 15 days. Those days are much of a blur. I do remember some events. I remember being scared and feeling alone. I attempted escape at least two times. I eventually recovered and was released to the care of my parents. That following summer was the worst I will ever remember. I was heavily sedated for much of the summer and was constantly afraid of what people may be thinking of me. I slept a lot. I gained a lot of weight. The following year my medicine was stabilized and I lived a normal teenage life. I became active in my church youth group, and my sister moved in with us. She said she did not want what happened to me to happen to her (she blamed my mother). I graduated high school in May of 2003. On to college... I attended and graduated with my undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. At this time I was not yet diagnosed bipolar I. My doctor at the time was considering I may just be going through adolescence with a little more difficulty than others. At this time in my life I hated taking my medicine. I believed it meant I was broken. I eventually was taken off medicine due to persistent negotiating with my doctor (I now know this was the wrong thing). I lived what appeared to be symptom free for the next 4 years, that is until my first attempt at student teaching. I became overwhelmed with the duties of a student teacher in the Fall of 2007, to the point of extreme anxiety which then turned into severe depression. I dropped out of student teaching. I had trouble keeping the simplest foods down. I was constantly in worry. I slept a lot. I considered taking my own life. At this time I saw a doctor again. I started taking medicine again. For the next several months I was living well, that is until I decided I was too prideful to ask my parents to help me pay for my medicine. I stopped taking medicine. I started drinking, a lot. I then suffered from my last bout of mania. I scared my parents and those close to me. The woman who is now my wife was put through Hell and back. So...back to the hospital I went. This hospital more frightening than the first because now I was among grown men with mental disorders and going through detox. It was what I would consider prison. In this stay in the hospital I almost lost my apartment. I recovered in about a week and a half and was then released a week later (contingent on my grandfather spending that following week with me). Life soon returned to normal. I never stopped taking my medicine. I've continued to hold down a job. I graduated in the Fall of 2008. I became a teacher. I married the love of my life in 2011, and have been symptom free since February 2008. I could not of done this without the help of those around me and my will to press on. I live life with a glass half full mentality. I am now a behavior therapist for children with autism and related disorders. I teach 3 and 4 year old Sunday school at my church and own my own home. I'm Jeremy. I have bipolar I disorder, and I want to help.
is a husband, father and mental health advocate. He is an artist and the cartoonist behind the Mental Health Humor cartoons. He creates positive, provoking, and sometimes even funny cartoons! The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with Bipolar Disorder. Mr. Chato Stewart strongly believes that there is power behind humor. His motto is humor gives help, hope and healing. His goal and mission is to tap into humor and use it as a positive tool to cope with the serious and debilitating effects of mental illness.??Chato started blogging in 2008 as part of his Mental Health Humor Project. His cartoons have been used by many in the mental health community. Currently he is blogging on Psych Central Network and BP Hope Magazine offerering his Words of The Wisdomless. ??Chato B. Stewart is a Florida board Certified Recovery Peer Specialist - A (CRPS-A) and NAMI member. Chato is also the 1st place winner of the DBSA 2009 Facing Us Video Contest. In his powerful public service announcement, he tells his personal story of living with a mental illness through a montage of his cartoons. Adding to his little list of accomplishments is being part of the2010 DBSA Stand-Up for Mental Health comedy night and being invited back for the 2011 Conference to be a Stand-Up comic in the show.
International Bipolar Foundation has joined
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NEWS FROM NAMI, DBSA, & SAMHSA
Say What You Think
We've designed three surveys to give you a voice in determining the resources DBSA provides and the way researchers use patient information.
- Do you care how researchers use children's patient information, among other topics?
- What topics do you think DBSA's bipolar education videos should cover?
- What do you want to see at DBSA's 2013 National Conference?
SAMHSA: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., has been selected to serve as the next Director of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).
SAVE THE DATE
The 13th Annual Region 1 Mental Illness Recovery Conference in Idaho
Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 8:30-3:30
Cost: $12/person(scholarships for people who live with symptoms of
mental illness may be available by request)
This conference is for people with mental health issues, professionals
who want to gain insight in their clients, and caregivers of people
who live with mental illness.
For more information, call Rob Bishop: 208-651-0700 or Mary Ruth
Dilling: 208-512-1276 ***********************
2012 NAMI CA Annual Statewide Conference When: Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th
Where: Marriot Hotel, Irvine, CA
"From Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar In Order"
Cutting Edge Training for Bipolar and Depression
August 21, 22, 23 & 23 in San Diego & North County, CA Tom Wootton returns to the San Diego area to share comprehensive trainings for bipolar and depression. He demonstrates methods and skills leading to an extraordinary life, with Bipolar IN Order. This talk is open to all in the mental health field, clients, families and therapists alike. Tom will share exercises from the programs assessments and tools that can be of practical use for anyone. www.bipolaradvantage.com email@example.com
Family and Youth Council Meeting; Juvenile Justice
August 30th, 2012 at 6pm
Call De'nina Pitts at (619) 546-5852 or email Dpitts@fyrt.org to register.
Family & Youth Roundtable Office
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Reentry Roundtable - Employment Subcommittee Presents
Reentry Expungement Clinic: September 1
South Metro Career Center
4389 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
(walk-ins accepted until 12 noon) (619) 940-7577
Schizophrenia & Related Disorders Alliance of America (SRDAA) Conference
Get free legal help cleaning up your criminal record
Mental Health Telesummit . All you need is a phone or a computer to participate from anywhere in the world.
This event is happening from September 4 - 27, 2012. here
Impact Young Adults 2nd Annual Talent Show
September 15, 6-8pm
San Diego, CA
September 29 Houston
Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health
September 15,2012 ***********************
DGBS Annual Conference 2012
September 27-29, 2012 ***********************
Didi Hirsch and Living Works Education are pleased to invite you to apply for our ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) T4T!
This training is made possible through a CalMHSA Suicide Prevention Initiative grant. Candidates who are accepted into the training will have the cost of the training (approximately $3,000) waived and can receive up to $500 towards travel for the T4T.
The training will take place October 22-26, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 9801 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045. firstname.lastname@example.org
*************************Join thousands of tea lovers across the country on 10 October
to help the 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems every year.
Holding a Tea & Talk event is as simple as getting together a group of friends, family or colleagues, putting the kettle on and inviting them to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation. It's a piece of cake!
A good cup of tea and a chat can be really beneficial for your wellbeing and we've got lots of fun ideas and mouth-watering recipes to help you host a tea party to remember.Get your free Tea & Talk pack now
**************************Mental Health Conference 2012
16 October 2012, London
JanJan Hutchinson will be speaking at the Mental Health Conference 2012 in Central London. For further information about the conference themes visit the Govknow website here: www.govknow.com
DBSA 2013 National Conference
June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL
About the International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.
Visit us online for more information: www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org
11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92130
p: (858) 764-2496 f: (858) 764-2491
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A Word About Funding
Please note that International Bipolar Foundation does not represent any pharmaceutical company or give any speeches for a pharmaceutical company nor does our site receive advertising dollars from any company.