June 2014
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For those in the northern hemisphere, June marks the beginning of summer; longer, warmer days, school lets out bringing less structure and the hope of a vacation. 

 

For those living on the southern side, winter arrives. Shorter days,colder temperatures, decreased light exposure and for many, more hibernation-like behaviors. 

 

In either location, these seasons can bring about changes in mood. Here are 2 articles to help you cope:

 

Summertime Fun

Winter Blues 

 

Wherever you live, I wish you good health!

 

Muffy     

 

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P.S. Feel free to contact me at anytime Muffy

If you are interested in writing a country-specific chapter,
or translating our book,
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder
please email Debbie Brown

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT
 IN MAKING OUR 2014 GALA 
A HUGE SUCCESS! 
We are pleased to announce that we raised over $300,000 this year, which will assist us in furthering our mission 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. 
Check out all the photos here

NOW AVAILABLE!
"HEALTHY LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER"
ITALIAN TRANSLATION
AND OUR BOOK'S NEW COUNTRY SPECIFIC CHAPTER
"UGANDA"
Brandon Marshall Receives IBPF's 2014
Imagine Award
 
  

The IMAGINE Award is given to a person who has a mental illness, who sees beyond the illness and can imagine a future free of barriers, stigma, and discrimination. Brandon Marshall, an NFL star athlete, empowers others by sharing his story which instills hope and inspiration. Brandon received the award at the National Council for Behavioral Health Award Ceremony in Washington DC presented by Muffy Walker.

David O. Russell Receives IBPF's 2014
Hope Award
 
International Bipolar Foundation hosted "Behind The Mask: Phantom of the Opera Gala" on May 10th at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel. David O. Russell, writer-director of "Silver Linings Playbook" was honored with the IBPF HOPE Award for his efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness, access to treatment and instill hope in families, communities and the nation. 

Muffy Walker, Co-Founder & Chairman of International Bipolar Foundation, Receives the Hope Award for Public Education

 

The Inspiring Hope Awards - building on the legacy of the Lilly Reintegration Awards and Welcome Back Awards - recognize individuals who have shown extraordinary tenacity and courage in battling serious mental illness and are living full lives and pursuing their goals. These awards also honor the clinicians, advocates, and organizations that care for and support these individuals in their journey. 

 

Walker's son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at seven. As a psychiatric nurse, she was devastated with the trouble she had navigating the system to get him the care he needed. Gradually, she taught her son to embrace his illness and learn to cope, and also started a support group out of her home for other family members on the same journey, now the International Bipolar Foundation. Walker volunteers 60 hours a week to support the foundation's outreach in more than 135 countries. Read more...
2014 Global High School Essay Contest Congratulations to our Winners!

First Place Winner- Eric Shaun
Last month, I was fortunate enough to have been able to interview Kevin Breel, a comic who travels across the US to share his story about struggling with mental illness. 

Second Place Winner- Su Bin Cho
In just four hours, this Facebook post received 110 thousand likes. I saw the same post copied and pasted onto many other pages appear in my newsfeed because so many of my fellow Korean friends were tagging each other in the comments.
IBPF's BEADRELIEF BRACELET

Our hand-made beaded bracelet represents IBPF and its cause. Each bracelet is hand beaded onto an elastic band with a copper BEAD RELIEF tag. Each bracelet is $6.00

and 25% of your purchase goes to the International Bipolar Foundation.

 

Bracelets come in three sizes, 6, 7, 8 inches (S,M,L). Select your size!

Order Here
MAY WEBINARS


Dr. Ruth White: SNAP: A Simple 4 Step Plan For Preventing Bipolar Relapse
June 4 th, 2014 at 9:00 am PDT.

 

SNAP - Sleep, Nutrition, Activity and People - uses scientifically-based strategies that address four key factors that influence bipolar symptoms. Using this plan, people with bipolar disorder learn to develop good sleep hygiene, eat a diet that promotes mental health, implement a plan for physical activity and learn to create and maintain healthy and supportive interpersonal relationships. These strategies, which reduce the frequency, intensity and length of bipolar symptoms, and tools to support their implementation, are the focus of her new book: Preventing Bipolar Relapse (Harbinger, 2014).

 

Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.

She earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor and Masters in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal (Canada). She is also lead author (with John D. Preston) of Bipolar 101: A practical guide to identifying triggers, managing medications, coping with symptoms and more (Harbinger, 2009). She is currently writing a book on mental well-being for a general audience.

 

Her expertise and experience with bipolar disorder and mental health has been featured in Woman's Day and Black Enterprise magazines, the Seattle Times, and on Huffington Post. She has presented and lectured on the topics at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington University (St. Louis) and in major Spanish-speaking outlets worldwide. 

 
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at: 

Hakeem Rahim: Mental Illness Unmasked:

Lessons learned on how to live and thrive in the face of mental illness

June 11th, 2014 at 9:00 am PDT

 

Hakeem will share lessons from his 16 year journey with mental illness.   Hakeem will describe his framework for moving from Diagnosis to Wellness.  He will also explore conceptual lessons he has found essential to live and thrive in the face of bipolar disorder.  Whether you are looking for guidance on your new diagnosis or advice to get through college with a diagnosis, or have been living with bipolar disorder for an extended period of time this webinar will be useful.

  

Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. had the distinct honor of being the first African-American male valedictorian in Uniondale High School's history. He went on to graduate with a BA in psychology from Harvard University, and dual masters from Teacher's College, Columbia University. 

 

Hakeem is also a graduate of iPEC, an accredited life coach training institute and is a de Bono Group, LLC consultant. In 2007, Hakeem founded Live Breathe, LLC. Live Breathe, LLC is a professional consultative services company that focuses on mental health advocacy and educational consulting. Hakeem is an experienced public speaker most notably on the mental health and education topics. 

 

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/889114998 


Christine Saenz:

Navigating Through The Trials And Tribulations Of Having Bipolar While Employed

June 25th, 2014 at 9:00 am PDT

 

Christine is employed full time as a Senior Human Resource representative and has worked at the same company for 14 years. She was an accountant for most of her career, but decided she needed a change of pace.  Switching to Human Resources allows her to work with people, which is what she loves most about her job. She is fortunate to have an employer who is fully aware of her bipolar diagnosis ( diagnosed in 2010 with bipolar 2) and works with her during the challenging times of recovery.  

In her spare time she works to bring awareness to bipolar and mental illness by working on her soon to be non-profit Pepper Vintage. Christine is no longer embarrassed about her mental illness and embraces it. She is an open book and hopes to show the world you can thrive and live life with Bipolar.

 

Christine will speak on the following topics:

-How I was forced to come out to my employer:

-Pros and Cons of informing your employer of your illness

-Rights and Responsibilities under ADA for both employee and employer

-How to manage stress at work

-Communication and education of your employer and co-workers (discuss treatment plans,   potential time off for med change)

 

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/954969062 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the Webinar.






WELCOME OUR NEW BLOGGERS!

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Sarah L.

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Pamela Wygod
IBPF Honorary Board Member Receives "Help and Hope Award"  

Story of Hope and Recovery
Stephen Theobald
 
Q: When did you know something was wrong?

 

A: I ran away from home when I was 13, went up to a mountain, with a can of soup and a can opener.  I stayed up there almost all night until my family came and got me.  That is when I knew something wasn't right. Read more...

THE BOOK & MOVIE CORNER

 
INSANITY: A LOVE STORY

What is the line between reality and insanity? Author Melissa Miles McCarter grapples with this question in her lyrical literary memoir that explores her paradigm shifting experience of madness. 

Read More

 

Anchor is a quarterly magazine published by Magpie Media. We have added bipolar to our banner and have renamed the magazine "Anchor: Navigating depression, bipolar and anxiety." The magazine has undergone a complete redesign to become a digital-only publication. IBPF's Muffy Walker has a featured article

"Dealing with Siblings with Bipolar Disorder".

Read more


LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK
From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor's Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don't have all the answers.

RESEARCH STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
BIPOLAR DISORDER CLINICAL TRIAL
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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.

BRAIN SCIENCE We need VOLUNTEERS with BIPOLAR DISORDER
$160 for 7 hours
Click here for more information
USE OF TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONNAIRE
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.

KINECT2STUDY
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 www.Kinect2Study.com.
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 r.cappleman@lancaster.ac.uk. or phone me on 07852 523 954.
 

AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
If you are:
  • Between the ages of 21 and 65
  • Have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

You are invited to participate in this research study to see how effective the MoodSwings website is at improving the well-being of people with bipolar disorder.

PARTICIPANTS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER OR
SCHIZOPHRENIA NEEDED
THE SCHEMA OF INDIVIDUALS WITH A MOOD DISORDER

We are inviting individuals aged 18 years and over, who identify with having bipolar disorder or depression, in addition to individuals who identify with having no mental/psychiatric illness, to participate in this study.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A BRAIN IMAGING RESEARCH STUDY


 

How to Participate

To determine if you are eligible, you will first be asked a few questions on the phone.

You will also be interviewed in person and have a physical exam to make sure it is safe for you to participate.

If you are interested, please call our study coordinator at

(631) 638-2053 

PLEASE JOIN THE "KNOW SCIENCE. NO STIGMA" AWARENESS CAMPAIGN!


How you can help:

  1. Join the conversation by visiting our Facebook  and Twitter pages and liking, sharing, retweeting or commenting on our #KnowScience posts.
  2.     Next, show your support for Mental Health Awareness Month by replacing your profile image with this "Know Science. No Stigma." badge.
  3.   Come back every day to see what's new, share your thoughts and continue to share broadly with your friends. 

   HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BENEFIT IBPF'S     
  MISSION
WEST COAST CONFERENCE
SAVE THE DATE!
 
International Bipolar Foundation in partnership with North American Center for Continuing Education

When: November 9th
Where: Anaheim, California

Speakers to include: Dr. Kiki Chang, Dr. Terence Ketter, Dr. David Miklowitz, Dr. Carrie Bearden, Blake Levine and many more...
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - SAVE THE DATE!


June 3rd Webinar
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June 17th at 1:00pm EDT
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July 1, 2014
Switzerland
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August 9th, 2014
San Diego, CA
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AMHSA's 2014 Voice Awards
August 13, 2014
UCLA  
 
DGBS: "Bipolar Disorder: Up Close and Personal"
18 to 20 September 2014
Würzburg, Germany
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27th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress

September 20-23, 2014

Orlando, Florida

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International Bipolar Foundation in Partnership North American Center for Continuing Education (NACCME)

West Coast Meeting
November 9, 2014
Anaheim, California
 
ISBD Annual Conference
June 3-6, 2015
Toronto, Canada
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September 25-28, 2014
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October 9, 2014
Global
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10th International Congress of the INA
Oct 14-16, 2015
Jerusalem, Israel
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March 3-6, 2015
Japan


About the International Bipolar Foundation

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.

International Bipolar Foundation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or received from the International Bipolar Foundation.

Visit us online for more information: www.ibpf.org

MAILING ADDRESS:
8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360 San Diego, CA 92122

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