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As this year approaches the end, I want to thank our wonderful team (employees, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Consumer Council, Volunteers, Committees, Scientific Advisory Board and
YOU) for helping us  accomplish so much in 2013.

I share with you the highlights:




  • IBPF named Organization of the Year by NAMI - San Diego and in top 10 websites for bipolar 


·      Patrick Kennedy joined the Honorary Board.


·      Dr. Mani Pavuluri joined the Scientific Advisory Board


·      Consumer Advisory Council has re-launched


Mental Health No Stigma Week


bill unanimously passed the CA assembly & the senate with 70+ co-authors and is now in force in perpetuity; the first full week of May  


·      We have stakeholders in over 130 countries, with ~ 1000 likes per month and a reach of 45,000 per week on FaceBook. 


·      Our Say it Forward Campaign reached over 1 million.

o   1,262,292 -- REACHED           8,146 -- SHARED


·      For our $30,000 grant, 41 grant proposals from 10 countries were received. Each SAB member was assigned 3-5 grants to review. We hope to make a decision by year's end.


·      Over 4000 copies of our free book, Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, have been distributed.


·      Two additional chapters have been added: Aging and Travel

·      We have country chapters for: Germany, New Zealand, S. Africa, Kenya, Canada, China

·      We have translations in: Spanish, German. Mandarin & traditional Chinese

·      We are working with Dr. Youngstrom at UNC to incorporate diagnostic tools in the book.


  • Muffy Walker; President and co-founder, has joined the Board of Directors for American Brain Coalition and the Advisory Council for Children's Mental Health Network



·      Lynn Muto, Board Secretary & co-founder,  spoke at the Stanford Mood Disorder Day



·      Girl Scout MH Awareness patch continues to grow with 200 in NY recently receiving it.


·      We continue to offer free monthly Webinars (3-5) & live lectures - all videotaped & archived on website


·      New Marketing Committee has formed. Our new website & logo, 100% funded by the board, will launch next week.



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 and warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season,


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  



December 3, 2013
If you are in a crisis,
please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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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.


Genetic Counseling for Psychiatric Illness
with Angela Inglis

December 4, 2013 at 9:00 am PST
reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Angela Inglis is a genetic counselor and a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Angela worked in psychiatric research for a number of years, coordinating and overseeing the day to day operations for a research program which involved studies in postpartum depression, stigma among family members of individuals with psychiatric disorders, and a genetic counseling study for individuals with psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder).
In February 2012, she began a new role providing clinical genetic counseling services exclusively to those with psychiatric disorders and their families in the context of the first and only clinic of its kind in the world.

Author, Karen Winter Schwartz

Karen is an active board member of NAMI Syracuse and has traveled throughout the country advocating for mental illness awareness. Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder is her debut novel which was released September of 2010. Her second novel: Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia was released May 2012. Among her numerous family members who have dealt with some sort of neurobiological brain disorder are her two beautiful daughters, both of whom struggled greatly as adolescents, both of whom were labeled with an axis I diagnosis, one with bipolar, the other with schizophrenia. They are both now in recovery and doing wonderfully.

Mental illness may begin with the individual, but it ultimately affects families and communities. These effects are partly due to stigma stemming from ignorance and fear. Karen Winters Schwartz will discuss the derailment of her own family by mental illness, and how her ignorance and the lack of support made the journey to recovery more difficult. She'll share her thoughts on decreasing stigma, increasing education, and eliciting empathy-thus smoothing out the road to recovery.
Karen provides a unique perspective as a mother who, because of her biases and ignorance, was totally blindsided by her daughters' mental illnesses. She shares what was needed to turn her feelings of isolation and helplessness into hope and recovery-for herself and for her entire family. She will discuss the root of our biases, fear, and stigma. She will offer insight on what is needed to let go of parental guilt and move into advocacy.

Karen will also share what moved her to write novels that humanize individuals with mental illness. Through literature, she hopes to educate while entertaining, elicit empathy while telling a great story, and advocate by reaching those who just don't "get it."

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

December 5
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



Neuroscience 2013 - the Society for Neuroscience's Annual Meeting in San Diego. For more information on highlights and the emerging science being presented, visit SfN's Annual Meeting site

Bipolar drugs less effective during pregnancy

Pregnant Women Need Stronger Bipolar Drugs, Study Reports

Social Security, SSI Benefits To Rise In 2014

Everyday functional ability across different phases of bipolar disorder

Bipolar mania and depression independently inherited

'There's no shame in having depression': Richard Dreyfuss talks candidly about his lifelong battle with bipolar disorder

First-episode type predicts morbidity, disease course in bipolar disorder

Interferon-Free HCV Tx Benefits Mentally Ill

Evaluation of reproductive function in women treated for bipolar disorder compared to healthy controls

Use of mental health services in transition age youth with bipolar disorder

The Broken Mental Health System" --- Mental health disorders remain one of the most widely stigmatized and misunderstood issues of our day.

Polygenic dissection of diagnosis and clinical dimensions of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia 

New genetic risk factor identified for severe psychiatric illness

A longitudinal study of cognition in asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic bipolar disorder patients

Clinical subtypes of severe bipolar mixed states.

Identifying Early Indicators in Bipolar Disorder: A Qualitative Study

Structural Abnormalities in Bipolar Euthymia: A Multicontrast Molecular Diffusion Imaging Study

Risk factors for conversion from unipolar psychotic depression to bipolar disorder.

Meta-analysis of predictors of favorable employment outcomes among individuals with bipolar disorder

Gender differences in thyroid system function: relevance to bipolar disorder and its treatment

Type 2 diabetes mellitus - a potentially modifiable risk factor for neurochemical brain changes in bipolar disorders

** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Read about them here
Keith O'Neil on our Consumer Advisory Council!!!

Keith O'Neil Winning Battle with Bipolar Disorder

From Keith O'Neil's perspective, he would not be where he is today were it not for Tony Dungy, O'Neil's former coach when he played with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He means that in more ways than one. He probably wouldn't be a proud former NFL player with a Super Bowl ring to show for his efforts. But he also believes he might not be alive. - read the rest here

Announcing: WEGO Health Activist Awards
International Bipolar Foundation has recently partnered with WEGO Health to share their Third Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards program.  This program recognizes the leaders within the online health community for their advocacy, awareness and support efforts throughout 2013 and we want to make sure to recognize all of the leaders within the bipolar disorder community.  The Awards program has 14 different categories so there's sure to be something for everyone.

Please take a moment to nominate your favorite leaders today and make sure they get the recognition they deserve: here.
International Bipolar Foundation named in Top 10!!

Best of 2013:'s Top 10 Websites for Bipolar

International Bipolar Foundation (IBF): This nonprofit organization, based in San Diego, is determined to eradicate stigma surrounding bipolar through public education, to promote and improve support services, and, ultimately, to eliminate the existence of bipolar by way of advancements in research. In addition to educational resources, current research, and international news pertaining to bipolar, the IBF hosts webinars on a variety of bipolar-related topics.

Read about the other winners here
Text, Talk and Act: Join the mental health conversation on December 5th
This December 5th, join Creating Community Solutions in a nationwide discussion on mental health....via your cell phone! All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health.

The process is simple: join 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues and text "start" to 89800. Your group will then receive polling questions, discussion questions, and process suggestions via text messaging.

North County Philanthropy Council celebrates 25th year of volunteers with
International Bipolar Foundation's 2013 Volunteer of the Year

IBPF co-founder Karen Sheffres, Rick Allen & his lovely wife and our Volunteer of the Year - Linda Allen
Read more about the celebration here
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Exercise helps ease depression.
That's no news flash, but now a long-term study from the University of Toronto confirms that moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term. more here
Smoking susceptibility
People with mental illness smoke at much higher rates than the overall population. But the popular belief that they are self-medicating may not be entirely accurate, according to researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Instead, they report, research indicates that psychiatric disease makes the brain more susceptible to addiction.
For ideas on how to cut back or quit cigarettes, go here.

mental health ministries
Brochure - Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, parties and gatherings with friends and family. But the holidays can be a stressful time even under the best of conditions. The commercialization of the holiday season bombards us with unrealistic expectations especially in this troubled economy. The brochure, Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays, provides helpful self care tips for persons living with a mental illness, tips for families and friends and tips for communities of faith. You can download this resource from the Mental Health Ministries website in English or Spanish. here
Blue Christmas and Blue Holiday Worship Services

Not everyone is up and cheery for the holidays. Some people feel blue as in "the blues" at Christmas. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job or of a home, living with cancer, struggling with chronic mental illness or other dis-ease make the holiday festivities a difficult and painful time for many persons in our congregations and in our communities.

Faith communities are increasingly attentive to the needs of people who are "blue" during this holiday season. They are creating sacred space and hospitable settings to include those who face various kinds of losses, grief or depression. Such services are reflective, accepting the reality of where we are emotionally. They offer a message of hope and the assurance of God's presence with us in the midst of our darkness. These services are known as Blue Christmas or the Longest Night. We are including a Blue Holiday service for non Christians.

There are numerous examples of these services on the internet. We have four sample services on the Home page. The first two are ones that I have used and the third service and the Blue Holiday service were created by Bonnie Kinschner with One Mind Mental Illness Ministry. here



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: 


 Kill Your Addiction, Before it Kills You by Maria Pau
Death from Addiction, Bipolar and Suicide is a shameful death, with only a small percentage recorded correctly on death certificates because of the disgrace associated with living this kind of lifestyle.

But Maria survived all three. She traveled on a plane alone at 11 years old to come to Australia, started drinking at 13 and picked up smoking crystal meth at 15 years old. By 18 she was already selling her body for a living and spent her 20's modelling and partying with socialites, fashionistas, politicians, celebrities and going out with Yakuza, Triad and 5T gangster boyfriends. Her bipolar frenzy took her to 129 cities, working in any capacity to support her bad habits and crazy lifestyle.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in the US now feature a film starring Kevin Hines - speaker, author, and advocate for suicide prevention and mental wellness.  
The film, developed for Youth Mental Health First Aid, features Hines sharing his struggle with mental illness and
substance use. In his junior year of high school, Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In September 2000, Hines attempted suicide by kevinhines jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He survived the 220-foot plunge and is one of only 34 Golden Gate Bridge jump survivors.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour in-person training designed for anyone to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, including risk factors and warning signs. Similar to CPR, participants learn a 5-step action plan to help young people who are developing a mental health problem or in crisis. 
"It took me a long time to heal physically and emotionally. I learned all I could about my illness and worked hard to defeat it, eventually winning the battle with alcoholism and bipolar disorder," says Hines, an international speaker on suicide prevention and mental wellness and recipient of the 2012 Welcome Back Lifetime Achievement award from Eli Lilly and Company and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council). 
In the film, Hines recounts how he won the battle for mental health and describes the people who helped him along the way. He shares the ways that the concepts from the Mental Health First Aid action plan were or could have been helpful to him. Participants in the Youth Mental Health First Aid course watch Hines' story to learn strategies to help young people who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or are in crisis. 
"Kevin brings an amazing and powerful depiction of recovery to the course," says Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. "His story will help the thousands of people who train in Youth Mental Health First Aid know what to do when they are called upon to help a young person." 
The National Council, together with the states of Maryland and Missouri, adapted Mental Health First Aid for the U.S. in 2008 from the original program created in Australia in 2001. Mental Health First Aid USA has been delivered to approximately 150,000 Americans through a network of 3,000 instructors. Youth Mental Health First Aid launched in late 2012, to teach individuals who interact with youth ages 12-18 how they can help in the event of a mental health challenge or crisis. 
Find a course in your community or learn how to become an instructor:
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
The Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder is conducting a research study on using community-based research methods to explore and share wellness strategies for bipolar disorder. The study is focusing on developing new knowledge about what self-management techniques work for stopping progression into mania and hypomania, and for maintaining balance in this condition. You can learn more about the study here or read blogs on the project from the CREST.BD team here.

We are looking for survey participants from two groups of experts: 
People with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder  (I or II) who are 19 or older and are living well with the condition;  
Healthcare providers who are 19 or older and who work with people with bipolar disorder. 
What to expect: 
An invitation to participate in an online survey in English where you will rate how helpful a series of self-management strategies would be for keeping balance in mood in bipolar disorder, or stopping progression into hypomania or mania. 
In 6 to 8 weeks from the completion of the first survey, an invitation to participate in another, shorter, survey. 
After completion of both surveys, an entry into a draw for one of two prize packages worth over $500 each, consisting of books, DVDs and wellness materials.
To participate, please contact Nusha, the CREST.BD Research Coordinator, by e-mail at with the following details: 1) Your e-mail address 2) Your name 3)
Where you heard about the survey.  

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
p: (858) 764-2496  f: (858) 764-2491 m: (858) 990-1862
8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360  San Diego, CA 92122
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