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Last month, our combined efforts to honor the mentally ill and educate the public about the effects of stigma were outstanding. Thank you ALL for helping to spread the word.


As the days get shorter, temperatures drop (in many countries), and the holidays approach, I am reminded that for many, depressive episodes may loom ahead. Please remember, that all of our services & programs are free and globally accessible.  

Please watch this most important video about International Bipolar Foundation  

I hope you will take advantage of all we have to offer. If you find our services helpful, will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation and/or putting a gift to us on your holiday list?
Please donate here

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  



November 3, 2013
If you are in a crisis,
please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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International Bipolar Foundation named
Organization of the Year!!!!
International Bipolar Foundation recognized as "Organization of the Year" by NAMI  in San Diego, Ca. USA. Karen Sheffres (center), an IBPF's Co-Founder, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Say It Forward Campaign 
The numbers are in from our Say It Forward Campaign ...
over 1 MILLION reached in just 10 days!
1,262,292 -- REACHED           8,146 -- SHARED
(our goal was to reach 20,000 people worldwide)
Behind the Mask: Phantom of the Opera

Our Annual 'Behind the Mask' Gala
Saturday, May 10, 2014
La Jolla, CA., USA

Run. Walk. Volunteer. Donate. 
Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon on January 19, 2014
To learn how YOU can get involved, click here.


Being a Woman of Resilience with Bipolar Disorder:
Resiliency in Mind, Body, and Spirit
with Rev. Cheryl Magrini
November 5, 2013 at 9:00 am PST
reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Rev. Cheryl T. Magrini's (MS Ed., MTS, Ph.D) life perspective is to embrace resiliency while living with bipolar disorder, migraines and fibromyalgia. She and her husband Pete lost their vibrant and kind son Dan, at the young age of 23 to bipolar disorder when he died by suicide in 2011. It is their family's mission to educate and raise awareness about bipolar disorder and in particular in young adults so that no other parent will have to experience such a tragedy. Her webinar will address: the concept of resiliency, when and how her own journey from preteen years to her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2006 to today has risen from the ashes to one of soaring into being a woman of resilience living deeply into the mind-body-spirit connection, and share a life-strategy as the cornerstone for living with resiliency.
Mindful Meditation for Bi-Polar Disorder? Can It Help?
with Georgiana Lofty
November 7, 2013 at 9:00 am PST
reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Georgiana Lotfy is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and teacher who has worked with children, individuals and couples, for over twenty years. For ten years she supervised and trained Marriage Family Interns who worked with traumatized (Trauma Focused CBT) foster children and their families at Star View Community Services in Long Beach. She has a Private Practice and consults with agencies on Prevention of Vicarious Trauma. She specializes in treating severe mental illness, survivors of trauma andAddiction. She is an accomplished public speaker, providing lively, interactive and informative multi-media presentations on Compassion Fatigue and Prevention of Vicarious Trauma. She also facilitates restorative mindful meditation workshops, has written two books about Walking the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool. She has created and narrated APPs for iPhone and Android devices. Her FREE App is available by searching your APP store for "Room to Breathe." She released a Meditation cd, entitled "Heal Your Love: Mindful Christian Meditation." She holds a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Ministry.
Natural Solutions for Bipolar
with Dr. John Gray
November 14, 2013 at 9:00 am PST.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

John Gray Ph.D. is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. John's books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world. His many books, videos and seminars teach men and women how to understand, respect and appreciate their difference in both personal and professional relationships. John's newest book teaches us how to achieve a more comfortable and productive work environment and is titled Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots between Men and Women in Business.
Helping People Living with Mental Illness Live Longer, Healthier Lives
with Dr. Margarita Alegria
November 21, 2013 at 10:00 am PST.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Margarita Alegrķa, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegrķa is currently the Principal (PI) or co-Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: International Latino Research Partnership; and Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety. She is a PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project, Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance & Care Continuation. Dr. Alegrķa has published extensively in the behavioral science field with over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters, on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community's perspective into the design and implementation of health services. As an acknowledgement of her contributions and dedication to her field, Dr. Alegrķa has been widely recognized and cited. In 2003, she was awarded the Mental Health Section Award of American Public Health Association; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from APHA, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; Harold Amos Award from the Harvard Medical School, 2011, and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine, and in 2013, selected as El Planeta's (Massachusetts's largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) Powemeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.

Successful Aging and Mental Illnesses 
with Dr. Colin Depp 
This talk will provide an overview of emerging findings on the determinants of positive mental health outcomes in people with and without mental health diagnoses, focusing on the latter half of the lifespan. Dr. Depp will discuss how research on successful aging can inform the understanding and treatment of chronic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder.

NEW Location:
Janssen R&D, LLC
3210 Merryfield Row San Diego, CA 92121

November 14
Doors open at 5:45 pm
Lecture begins promptly at 6:00 pm

R.S.V.P. required:
Event and Parking are free
These lectures will be taped & archived on our website



Kaiser Health Foundation sued over care of mentally ill

JFK's vision for mental health care languishing?

US can't afford to ignore mentally ill

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Tied to Bipolar Disorder in Adult Offspring: Study Read more at

Eye movement test to check for psychiatric disorders wins award

Imaging may unlock new mental illness diagnosis options

Alcohol use disorders prevalent in bipolar disorder patients

Future of Mental Health Services: Free publication

A WOMAN has become a "living exhibit" in a bid to challenge the stigma surrounding ­mental health issues.

Note to the Sun: if you're going to stigmatise mentally ill people, at least get your figures right

Bank signs up to help tackle mental health stigma in City

Asylum Jam puts the spotlight on mental health in horror games

Obesity may aggravate bipolar neuropathology

Black and Minority Ethnic communities, mental health and criminal justice

NHS 'should pay' mental health patients to take medication Tests showed that rate of patients adhering to their treatments rose

Children's mental health alert

Teenage suicides link to use of online chatrooms

Reduction in life expectancy in Bipolar Disorder

Three rules for dealing with people in an acute manic phase


** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
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THE NEW NORMAL: Learning to live with bipolar disorder often means accepting that life will be different than before. What helped you come to terms with your "new normal" and how have your goals changed?
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What women need to know about the ways bipolar and menopause can affect each other.

Money, money, money$$$$$$

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Before the bills pile up, now's the time to pause and think about how we spend money-and why.
Click here to learn to keep your money where it belongs


Over 200 Girl Scouts from the Irondequoit Service Unit (Rochester, NY)
earning our Mental Health Awareness Patch
during Disability Awareness Day

to learn more about earning this patch.


Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle

here  book



Our book is now available with a Germany country supplement AND translated into German!    



Em us for a PDF copy of either: 


A compilation of stories from survivors of suicide loss 
In this book, more than 20 authors speak frankly and from the heart about surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide.  Beyond Surviving first weaves us through stories of shock and grief, and finally into stories of moving beyond survival mode, into finding hope and a 'new normal.'


Bipolar Battle Plan
by Troy Gillem
Gillem's book outlines nine critical weapons, including a written contingency plan to stop disastrous bipolar episodes, medication optimization, legal rights, and choosing the right psychiatrist, to help sufferers and their loved ones battle the disorder. The information is relevant and well-researched so readers are getting the most up-to-date advice from an author still fighting the disorder. Gillem also includes interviews with other bipolar individuals, as well as the story of his own attempt at suicide.
By giving readers the tools to succeed, Gillem aims to alleviate the sufferings of others and provide a road map to success. "The bipolar individual must take complete responsibility for battling the disease and by using the bipolar battle plan outlined in this book they can achieve happiness," he says. "The book is meant to inspire, enable, save lives and overcome the illness."

Patient Recruitment


$160 for 7 hours

Click here for more information

My name is Dr. Mark Matthews. I am a researcher at Cornell University where we are looking at the use of technology by people like yourself who have bipolar disorder. This questionnaire will help my colleagues and me better understand your use of technology which will in turn inform our design of computer tools for people with bipolar disorder.
Please read this form carefully before agreeing to take part in the study.
Daily vs. Monthly: Monthly intramuscular injections are offering new pathways for people seeking long-term management for conditions like Bipolar I Disorder. Unlike oral medications which must be taken on a daily basis, monthly injections are designed to help:

Extend time between episodes. 
Keep blood concentrations of medication in the body 
within therapeutic levels. 
Promote greater adherence to treatment. 
All eligible study participants will receive at no cost:

Study-related care and monitoring. 
Study visits with the study doctor. 
Study drugs
Are you eligible? Check here
WeSearchTogether advances depression, bipolar disorder and mood research through encouraging volunteer participation and enhancing community-researcher relationships.
The Delphi Consensus Study
Our new Bipolar Research Blog series explores the people and methods behind our Delphi Consensus Study. Learn more about the experiences of our team of researchers, as they continue on their journey to deepen our understandings of the self-management of bipolar disorder.

If you or a loved one have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or a gastrointestinal disorder (including trouble with reflux and/or gastric emptying) and experience involuntary movements in your face or other parts of your body, you may qualify for a medical research study. Each individual must be 18 to 85 years of age, and will be evaluated to determine his or her eligibility. All participants will receive study-related medical exams and lab tests at no charge. Compensation for time and travel may be available.
To learn more, visit
Village Clinical Research Inc., located in Manhattan, is currently conducting several studies for subjects with Bipolar I disorder.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder or is suffering from extreme mood swings, sleep impairment, depression, elation or irritability, racing thoughts, impaired concentration and impulsivity, please contact us at 646-688-5224. Our team of board-certified psychiatrists and highly-trained research coordinators are available to discuss our Bipolar I studies with you. All study related-care and study-related medication are provided at no cost. No insurance is required.  Please call us today to see if one of our studies would be right for you
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Dr. Leibenluft is seeking children with bipolar disorder; children with very severe irritability (regardless of whether or not they have bipolar disorder) and children who may not have bipolar disorder but who have parents or siblings that have bipolar disorder. If travel is necessary they will pay the travel costs. You can learn more by calling (301)496-8381 or e-mailing
Bipolar Disorder (Pediatric) Research Studies
The Hospital of the University of Munich is looking for participants for a therapy study with a new method of treatment for depressive symptoms. Implementation of treatments in the outpatient or day-care framework. oder einen Anruf unter 089 51 60 58 99. Bitte sprechen Sie ggf. auf den AB. Wir rufen Sie umgehend zurück.




International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (August 2014)
The 21st World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be held in Durban next year. Visit for more information and to book your place now.   


22nd European Congress of Psychiatry 

1-4 March 2014

Munich, Germany


 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference will be held March 2 - 5, 2014.   


ISBD Annual Conference 

March 18-21, 2014 

Seoul, Korea


The Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges  

Fri April 25th - Sun April, 27th, 2014


Annual International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children(A.P.P.A.C.). The Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, in Athens, Greece, on 13-16 May 2014  


IBPF Behind the Mask Gala

May 10, 2014

La Jolla, CA, USA


The Annual Meeting of the International Forum of Psychosis & Bipolarity

May 25-28, 2014

Athens Greece  


DGBS: "Bipolar Disorder: Up Close and Personal"

18 to 20 September 2014

Würzburg, 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.

Visit us online for more information:
11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100  San Diego, CA 92130
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8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360  San Diego, CA 92122
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