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We are excited to announce the launch of our new website,!


We hope the site's enhancements and layout will make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for.


In addition, we begin 2014 with a new logo, tagline and mission statement. Our new logo represents hope, depicts bipolar disorder as a disorder of the brain and represents client centered support systems. Attached to the logo is our new tagline, which further clarifies our intentions to provide "A world of hope, resources and support." And finally, our mission statement defines our reason for existence and helps keep us on our intended course; to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education.


To your health,


Muffy Walker


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February 2014
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International Bipolar Foundation 
Scientific Research Grant Recipient
Susannah Tye, 
The grant awarded in the amount of $30,000 supports Dr. Tye's research, "Characterizing a Preclinical Model of Biphasic Mood Dysregulation: A Novel Strategy for Biomarker and Drug Discovery". Read more...
Nowhere to Go: Mentally ill youth in crisis 
Last November 19th, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was slashed and stabbed repeatedly by his own son. Gus Deeds was 24 years old and had been struggling with mental illness. He and his father had been in an emergency room just hours before the attack but didn't get the help that they needed. The story of what went wrong with his medical care exposes a problem in the way that America handles mental health. It's a failure that came to the fore with the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Watch the 60 Minutes Report...

Dr. Cheryl Magrini
"Spirituality and a Wellness Based Lifestyle With Those That Live With Bipolar Disorder"

Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00am PST

Why should we be talking about spirituality and mental illness? Many individuals understand the essence of what it means to be a human being through their spirituality, and I find that this is even more so for those who struggle, ones living purposeful life, and those who embrace their resiliency, all the while living with bipolar disorder.


Melody Moezzi
"A Candid Discussion with Writer, Attorney, Activist and Award-winning Author"
Wednesday, February 19th at 9:00am PST

Melody Moezzi is a writer, attorney, speaker, activist, United Nations Global Expert and an award-winning author. Her latest book is a memoir entitled Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. 

Eric Arauz
"How Written and Oral Storytelling Saved My Life"


 Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00 am PST 


In this webinar, author Eric Arauz, will discuss how written and oral storytelling saved his life through the concept of Conscious Storytelling*: a trauma-based, cognitive and somatic integrative written and oral personal narrative technique, Eric created that has earned him his medical school appointment, has him hosting Grand Rounds from UCLA to Beth Israel in NYC.

Read more here...

The contents of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) webinars, such as text, graphics, images, and all information shared by speaker are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard or seen within our webinars.

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In our continuing focus on the joy, brilliance, strength and fortitude of young adults who have had experience with receiving mental health services, I want to share with you one shining example of a youth-driven, stigma-smashing, positive approach to creating a safe space for young adults to express who they are. Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon is rockin' the nation with the work they are doing. We have so much to do to turn the tide of misguided opinion about who youth with mental health challenges are. Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon is doing their part. What are you doing? Send us your examples of youth-driven efforts for young people with emotional challenges and we will profile them so the collective voice of the Network can learn, share, educate and advocate for our next generation of leaders.

Evan Kaplan's journey from the depths of depression and despair to his current role as Executive Director of CFC, a vibrant non-profit that supports families struggling with parental psychiatric disabilities.


Five common-sense steps to boost your internal battery.


Feeling Good About Good Enough

Strategies to help you avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism 


Research Validating RealAge® Test Published in Peer Reviewed Journal PLOS ONE 


Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use 


Battling Stigma: The Story of John Rocco


Consumer Scholarships Available for Parental Mental Health Conference

Conference organizers, consisting of an international consortium of researchers and providers who are committed to advancing the services and supports for these families, recognize it is essential to the success of this event that parents with mental health challenges attend and present at the conference.  Parent consumer scholarships for United States residents have been made available thanks to the generous funding from Brook Lenfest, and support from Philadelphia's Councilman-At-Large Dennis M. O'Brien, the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion and Employment Options, Inc. If you are interested in attending this cutting edge conference and need financial support, please submit a completed the application by 5pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.


This Is My Brave Life: My Life With Bipolar Disorder 


SAMHSA, MacArthur renew commitment to justice-involved youth with behavioral health needs. 





** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.


More than just your standard symptom checker, AskMD gets you from "what's wrong" to what you can do about it. Start a consultation to assess your symptoms or manage a health condition. Then get guidance you can trust, steps to take right away, and help with your doctor's appointment. 
AskMD is an iOS app that helps consumers collect information about their symptoms, learn more about common causes, and connect them to the doctors and specialists qualified to treat them. AskMD uses clinically-proven research to guide consumers through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all their symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matches their answers against the latest clinical research.
The Book Corner


Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder
Now available on Kindle here  




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Click here to request a free copy!


Morestorms: A Guide For The Bipolar Parent
by Rebecca Moore


A Guide for the Bipolar Parent" is authored by Rebecca Moore a bipolar mom to 7 children. In her book, she shares her trials and tribulations while coping with her illness and raising her family. Rebecca also offers adivce and tips on what has been helpful to her through the tough times. She has been featured in her local newspaper The Pocono Record, Northwestern Human Services Newsletter and will be doing a book signing with a local bookshop. Her hope is to reach out to other bipolar parents' and show them that although they are coping with bipolar disorder they can still be awesome, effective parents. 




The Bipolar 11 Disorder Workbook

by Stephanie McMurrich Roberts, PhD, Lousia Grandin Sylvia, PhD, Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, PhD   


foreword by David J. Miklowitz, PhD *IBPF SAB Member


Most people have heard of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that is marked by manic episodes and periods of intense depression. Bipolar II disorder differs from bipolar I in that sufferers may never experience a full manic episode, although they may experience periods of high energy and impulsiveness (hypomania), as well as depression and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar II, or even if you think that you may have this disorder, you may be frightened by the highs and lows of your intense emotions. Fortunately, there are proven-effective treatments that can help you find a sense of calm and peace of mind.


Written by an extremely accomplished team of bipolar experts, The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook is designed to help you manage the recurring depression, hypomania, and anxiety that can arise as a result of your condition. The convenient workbook format combines evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based exercises to help you manage your emotions, track your progress, and ultimately live a happy and more productive life.


This is the first self-help workbook available specifically for individuals diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.


Patient Recruitment 



Researchers at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital are enrolling men and women for a clinical trial. Individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are currently experiencing a manic episode may qualify. Eligible participants will receive all study-related care at no cost, and may be reimbursed for time and travel. Participation is confidential and trials are safely conducted under the supervision of experienced physicians and research specialists. To learn more, call (858) 836-8350.




$160 for 7 hours


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.
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.

Managing Bipolar Mood Experiences Without the Use of Medication
Have you been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder by a mental health professional?
Have you been offered medication to try and help you manage bipolar moods?
Have you not been using any medication for your mood for at least the last 3 months?
Would you be interested in talking to someone about your experiences of not using medication for your mood?

Taking part will involve answering some questions over the phone, then meeting me to fill in a questionnaire and complete an interview.
If you think you might be interested in taking part and would like to find out more, please e-mail me on or phone me on 07852 523 954.

Save The Date... 

Education & Advocacy Meeting

February 6 


Time to Talk

February 6


UMTR2ME will present "An Evening of Hope" hosted by the Rock Church's Aftershock Suicide Loss Ministry.

Saturday February 8th 

San Diego, CA. USA



ISBD: Webinar "Cell Resilience in Bipolar Disorder"

Thursday, February 13th


International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges

April 25-27th 

Berkeley CA


Spanish Education & Advocacy Meeting

February 18th

Chula Vista, CA

Cynthia Luis 619-688-0507


Special Family Member Program Activity & Resource Fair

Saturday, February 22nd

San Diego, CA 


22nd European Congress of Psychiatry 

March 1-4 2014

Munich, Germany



Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference 

March 2 - 5, 2014.   


Wellness Fair for Veterans- Active Duty & Family

March 4th 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


The International Review of Psychosis & Bipolarity (IRPB) Conference   

Athens, Greece, 9-12 May 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 

International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to improve understanding and treatment of Bipolar Disorder through research; to promote care and support services for individuals and caregivers; and to erase associated stigma through education.

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