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My best wishes for a happy Easter & Passover. I hope you'll make time for yourself to refresh & renew. Taking yourself, whether you have bipolar or you care for someone with it, is so very important.


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To your health,


Muffy Walker


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  



March 31, 2013
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April 11, 2013
Youth Suicide Prevention Using the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
On April 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm, International Bipolar Foundation will be holding their free monthly mental health lecture with Kelly Cavanaugh on, "Youth Suicide Prevention Using the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program."

Kelly Cavanaugh is the Youth and Program Coordinator for the San Diego Chapter of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®. Born and raised in San Diego, CA she has been volunteering or working with the Yellow Ribbon Program since she was a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School.|

Kelly is a trained YRSPP® presenter. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and later from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a Master's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with special focus on both post traumatic stress disorder and incentive learning.

Kelly has extensive experience speaking about suicide prevention and the link between depression and suicide. She has provided comprehensive suicide prevention education to middle/high students, staff, and parents. In addition, she has presented suicide prevention training for colleges, health classes, civic groups, health and wellness fairs and community based organizations throughout San Diego.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Social: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Sanford Children's Research Center, Building 12
10905 Road to the Cure
San Diego, CA 92121

Event and parking are free!
R.S.V.P. to areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org
You can view all our lectures here
I've taken part in two or three of the webinars and want to tell you how valuable I find them. Keep up the great work and please pass on my thanks to the board and other staff members. Victoria M.


I attended the webinar yesterday with Bill Walsh.  I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed listening.  I have suffered from bipolar for 15 years now and always was in denial of either the disorder/imbalance that I have or of needing to take medication to help control it.  I have always felt that some sort of nutrient deficiency was at the root of my imbalance.   


Thank you again for bringing Dr. Walsh on and letting him speak.  I really enjoyed his talk and it gave me tremendous encouragement and hope that there is something out there other then just manufactured drugs that I feel are not the answer to this disorder.


Sincerely, Michael 


Suicide by Security Blanket and other Child Psychiatry Emergencies, by Dr. Laura Prager
Join us for a Webinar on April 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm PST.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Balancing Benefits and Harms in Treating Bipolar Disorder, by Dr. Terrence Ketter
Join us for a Webinar on April 26, 2013 at 9:00 am PST. 
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:




*******Dr. Jordan Smoller (MGH) author of this landmark study will present a webinar for us this spring. Stay tuned for the date!  Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia share common genetic risk factors 







** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Read about them here
We need your face! The theme of our annual gala in May is "Behind the Mask - Proud as a Peacock", with the message that so many people we know & love hide behind a mask due to the stigma of mental illness. We will have a collage of 100's of faces of real people who have bipolar. Can we use your face? Em me if you're willing:-) mwalker.ibpf@gmail.com




 Do you have a SILVER LINING story to share with us? Beginning in March, we will choose one story each month to include on our web site and in our My Support e-newsletter. Send your story, 500 word maximum, to mwalker.ibpf@gmail.com. We prefer to have a jpeg picture of you, the state or country in which you reside, and at least your first name.  

Thank you!!

      Here is the Silver Lining story for this month: The Beauty of Recovery by Lisbeth Fry



Patricia Potts

Patricia Potts is a seasoned speaker and writer. She was diagnosed as bipolar in the 1990's. During that time she authored the book My Journey from Darkness to Light to teach people to understand and successfully live with bipolar illness. She wrote First-Aid for Feelings while she was potts involved in a twelve-step program that helped her manage her illness. She writes and speaks so she can share her first-hand experiences while passing on the secrets of learning to recover one step at a time, one idea at a time. Patricia's loves to share what she has learned. She and her speaking partner, Kerri, use music, stories, skits and more as they teach and entertain for many groups including: Utah State Prison, BYU Especially for Youth, numerous clubs, church groups, house of hope and community associations. She has also served as a facilitator for 13-step groups and as a Detox Tech and the Center for Women and children for 3 years. You can learn more about Patricia and her books at http://www.patriciapotts.com/.


The Science of Mental Illness: Correlations between  

Mental Illness and Violence


On March 18, 2013, the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, in conjunction with the American Brain Coalition conducted a Capitol Hill briefing titled "The

Science of Mental Illness: Correlations between Mental Illness and Violence." The event was widely attended by over 75 House and Senate staff, representatives from the National Institutes of Health and tom insel caucus Department of State, and advocates for neuroscience research. The featured speakers at the event included Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Dr. Elizabeth Childs, a child/family psychiatrist from Boston and former Mental Health Commissioner in Massachusetts; and Dr. Raquel Gur, Director, University of Pennsylvania Schizophrenia Research Center. Read the rest of the report here 



 We welcome Dr. Mani Pavuluri to our

Scientific Advisory Board


Mani Pavuluri is MD PhD, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Berger-Colbeth Chair in Child Psychiatry, and the Founding Director of the Pediatric Brain Research And InterventioN (BRAIN) Center.

Dr. Pavuluri is trained as a Psychiatrist and Child Psychiatrist at Otago University Medical School in New Zealand, Royal Children's Hospital at Melbourne University in Australia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She additionally completed American training in Child Fellowship at Rush University, Chicago.

Dr. Pavuluri is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and has received many awards that include the prestigious Klingenstein Third Generation Award from AACAP for the best paper in mood disorders in 2009 and Gerry Klerman Award for outstanding research in 2010 from Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD). She is the Founding Director of the now nationally recognized Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic that grew into the Pediatric BRAIN Center at UIC. The program has drawn patients from 29 states to-date and has helped set up many programs across the world. She serves on the editorial Board of several top journals and published widely. She is funded by several granting agencies that include the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NARSAD, Dana Foundation, Marshall Reynolds Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and her grateful families (one of which is the endowed chair). She is listed under Top Psychiatrists in America, selected by patients, and Best Doctors of America, selected by peers since 2004.

Her goal is to understand brain mechanisms in order to develop molecular and brain biosignatures of pediatric mood disorders and unravel how treatments can reverse brain dysfunction, working towards personalized interventions. She is also working on suicide prevention and understanding the domain dysfunction at neurocognitive level, across child psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Pavuluri's work is the foremost among the cohort of studies mapping the interfacing affective and cognitive brain circuits. Her book What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents draws on her 25+ years of experience treating children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.





Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle

here  book


Today my Psychiatrist and I were checking "Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder", and as a result of the book checking, in addition to the Talk-therapy Session and his medical approach to my case, he decided to combine a "mood stabilizer, thank you!"   J-M

Ellen Forney, author of MARBLES, will be discussing her book at Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla, CA
My Journey From Darkness to Light: How to Overcome Depression and Bipolar Illness One Step at A Time  by Patricia Tew Potts
One Christian woman's story of her struggles to overcome depression and bi-polar illness using fresh, positive approaches and a comprehensive toolkit to conquer these illnesses.

Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt by Kevin Hines
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar kevin's book disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them. 
The fall would nearly break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author's desire to live mentally well-- and to be a mental health advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin's story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them. 

When My Mommy Cries: A Story to Help Families Cope with Sadness
by Crystal LaPoint   mommy cries

When My Mommy Cries is a tender story about a little girl who feels scared, confused, and abandoned when her mother becomes deeply sad. Through reassuring honesty, gentle compassion, and mutual respect, they nurture the bonds of trust, as the girl discovers that nothing--not even sadness or depression--can separate her from the safety and security of her mother's love.
Crystal offers this book--and the poignant song which accompanies it--with the heartfelt hope that it may be a tool for healing--to help families like my own, who have borne the burden of depression or grief, become stronger at the broken places. May it help all who read it find deeper empathy for others, gentler patience with themselves, and greater wisdom for facing life's struggles with the children they love.
From Psychic to Psychotic and Beyond by Kerry Ann Jacobs
It was January 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand. I was 43 and overloaded with emotionally charged court cases as a sole family law barrister. I was missing my late grandmother. In my mind I called to her many times for her to visit me. She didn't but she did visit my mother in her dreams. My mother said that she was calm and serene.  cover

I began a path of psychic experimentation. I searched the Internet for ways for me to increase my psychic awareness. I progressed to buying a crystal ball and images would unfold in front of me and then words started appearing. Soon I no longer needed the crystal ball, because full sentences were appearing before me on the ground. It was Wes my spirit guide communicating with me. He had been talking to me all along. When Wes started speaking to me in my head, he told me that he was my husband and he said "I love you to bits".

I was soon surrounded by spirits such as Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Heath Ledger and Albert Einstein. We were doing everything together. I no longer needed  anyone from the real world

But unbeknownst to me, there were dark forces that were awaiting me, where all my worst fears would be realized. I would experience demons, the afterlife and the darkness of hell.
Gids voor patiënten, familie en hulpverleners
Pascal Sienaert, Els D.
Een manisch-depressieve stoornis komt vaak voor en kent een langdurig verloop. Recent onderzoek opent nieuwe perspectieven voor mensen met een bipolaire stoornis, onder meer dankzij een beter afgestemde behandeling waarin een psychotherapeutische begeleiding en geneesmiddelen hand in hand gaan. In dit seinerty boek nemen een psychiater en een ervaringsdeskundige beurtelings het woord. Het resultaat is een bijzonder informatief boek over de jongste stand van het onderzoek, gekoppeld aan een beklijvend verhaal. Manisch-depressief biedt een antwoord op de belangrijkste vragen van patiënten, familie en hulpverleners. Hoe is het om manisch-depressief te zijn? Wat kun je doen als iemand uit je omgeving aan een bipolaire stoornis lijdt? Welke geneesmiddelen en welke soorten psychotherapie zijn er voorhanden? En kun je helemaal genezen van een bipolaire stoornis?


NAMIWalk 2013 5K Walk
Saturday, April 13, 2013
NTC Park in Liberty Station   
2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106 USA
New Educational Resources from DBSA




Watch Roy Perlis, MD & Nassir Ghaemi, MD present online via live video on April 4, 2013;1:00PM ET
REGISTER NOW - There's no cost to join



Starts April 11. Phila. PA. USA Flyer with details here
NAMI San Diego gears up for San Diego County NAMI Walk 2013 

Saturday, April 13, 2013  
San Diego, CA USA 

We Care Presentation on Mental Illness Insights into Difficulties and Challenges in Life

Saturday, April 13 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 3459 Manchester Avenue * Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA Flyer with details here 


Jim DiCarlo, head of MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is pleased to announce the return of"MIT's Brains on Brains,"
a day-long symposium of lectures and breakout sessions focusing on the current state of brain research at MIT.
The event will be held at MIT on
Tuesday, April 30, 2013. 
please PRE-REGISTER BY January 22th 2013 at brains.mit.edu.
Intensivseminar für Angehörige 
Freitag, 3. Mai, 14:00 - Sonntag, 5. Mai, 15:00 Uhr 2013
Evangelische Tagungsstätte Hofgeismar
IBPF GALA: Behind the Mask: Proud as a Peacock 
May 11, 2013
Estancia Resort, La Jolla, CA USA 
Mental Health Awareness Week  
2013 is 13th-19th May
CAHM Forum for Healthy Minds
Flyer with details here
May 18; 8:30-3:30p
Poway, CA, USA
Blue Rose Girls Fashion Show
May 19, 2013,
Barona Golf Conference Center, San Diego, CA 
The first ever London-based Art and Mental Health Festival. June 2014

DBSA 2013 National Conference 

June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL   


ICBD Annual Conference

June 15-18, 2013, Miami, FL  


World Psychiatric Association International Congress

June 18-23, 2013

Istanbul, Turkey


NAMI National Conference

June 27-30, 2013

San Antonio, TX USA


DGBS Annual Meeting

26 to 28 September   

Greifswald, Germany 

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.
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