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50,000 Facebook followers from over 152 countries - WOW, that's a lot of people! We hope that we are reaching you & offering you the support, resources and hope that you are looking for.

 

International Bipolar Foundation just keeps growing and hopefully making transformational changes in the lives of those affected with and by bipolar disorder, but we want to know what more we can do to support YOU! Please send me an email with any suggestions (or praise - we like that too:-) and we will look seriously at your feedback.

 

As always, to your health,

Muffy     

 

If you would like to help support our newsletter or any of the free programs we offer, please make a tax-deductible donation. Thank you!

 

 

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

 OUR COUNTRY SPECIFIC CHAPTER
"CHINA"
OUR BOOK CHAPTER "BP & AGING"
NOW TRANSLATED IN
 "ITALIAN" & "SPANISH"
 ALSO, OUR BOOK CHAPTER "TRAVELING & BP"
NOW TRANSLATED IN
 "ITALIAN"
"HEALTHY LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER" 
NOW AVAILABLE IN
"URDU
 
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!

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JULY WEBINARS


Dr. Manuel Sanchez: Current Topics That You Need To Know About Bipolar Disorders

July 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm PDT

 

Currently Dr. Sánchez de Carmona is the President of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.

Born in Mexico City and graduated from the Anahuac University School of Medicine, Mexico. He did his internship year at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami University School of Medicine.

He qualified as specialist in Psychiatry at Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry, Ramón de la Fuente in conjunction with the Mental Health Department of the Autonomous National Mexican University UNAM.!Dr. Sánchez de Carmona began his clinical work with bipolar disorders twenty years ago. He has participated in various clinical and educational programs for his colleagues, bipolar patients and their families.  

 

He founded eight years ago ISBD Mexico, the Mexican chapter of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and has actively participated in the development of an international network of chapters throughout Latin America. He presides Bipolar Connection, a national educational project aimed to reduce stigma, improve treatment adherence and quality of life. He has taken part as speaker and chairman in numerous forums and meetings held all over the world.  

 

During the last six years he has held several leadership positions in the ISBD, among others the roles of Secretary Treasurer for the 2012-2014 term, Chair of ISBD Fundraising Committee, Co-Chair of the ISBD Advocacy Committee, and recently joined the Steering Committee for the World Bipolar Day.

 

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/973692438 


Gabe Howard: My Path From Mental Illness Patient to Mental Illness Activist 
July 9 th, 2014 at 9:00 am PDT. 

 

In this "tell-all" webinar, Gabe discusses his decision to be completely open and honest about everything he has gone through, including his decision to live openly. While some applaud his honesty, others question his decision to live so publicly.

 

Gabe holds nothing back as he candidly discusses all aspects of his life. From hyper-sexuality, two divorces, substance abuse, psychiatric hospitalization, job loss, family alienation, suicidal idealization, along with all of the discrimination and stigma he faces daily, there isn't much he hasn't experienced while living openly with bipolar disorder. Gabe covers his life from before diagnosis to the present and focuses on how his choice to "go public" has affected him personally, professionally, and mentally.

 

Gabe Howard is a motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, and award-winning advocate who lives with severe mental illness. Realizing that ignorance was a direct cause of the fear, discrimination, and stigmatization faced by people with mental illness, he has made it his mission to increase people's understanding about these disorders. 

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

 

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/970178534  


Dr. Marc Brackett: Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

 

July 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am PDT

 

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Senior Research Scientist in Psychology, and Faculty Fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University.  Dr. Brackett is an author on over 100 scholarly publications which focus on (1) the role of emotions in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health, (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence, and (3) experiments to demonstrate how emotional intelligence training improves people's lives. Dr. Brackett is the developer of RULER-a CASEL SELect social and emotional learning program that has reached nearly 1 million students from kindergarten to high school as well as school leaders, teachers, staff, and families. RULER has been shown to boost academic performance, decrease school problems, enrich classroom climates, and enhance teacher instructional practices. Dr. Brackett is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on emotional intelligence, and he serves on a wide-range of advisory boards, including CASEL and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Dr. Brackett consults with school systems and corporations around the world and his research has been featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. Currently, he consults with Facebook on two projects. The first is a large-scale study to prevent and decrease bullying and the second is an online bullying prevention center to help children, families, and schools better manage bullying. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.

 

See our website soon for more details!

  
    
Dr. Felice Jacka: Can we prevent depression by improving diet?

July 23rd, 2014 at 2:30 pm PDT

 

Associate Professor Felice Jacka is a Principal Research Fellow at Deakin University. She is recognised as a leading expert worldwide regarding the association between diet quality and the common mental disorders, depression and anxiety, in children, adolescents and adults. She is president of both the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and the new Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD).

 

The 20th century has seen major shifts in dietary intakes globally, with a marked increase in the consumption of sugars, snack foods, take-away foods and high-energy foods. At the same time, the consumption of nutrient-dense foods, such as high-nutrient vegetables and raw fruits, is diminishing. Chronic, lifestyle-driven diseases are now the largest contributor to early mortality across the globe. Although not classified as one of the noncommunicable diseases, depression now imposes the largest burden of illness in middle and high-income countries.

 

In 2010 A/Prof Jacka and her team published the first study to report the relationship between diet quality and clinical depressive and anxiety disorders, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Since then, in addition to publishing further studies of this topic in Norwegian and Australian adults, she has published the first studies to demonstrate relationships between diet quality and mental health in adolescents. Her newest research for the first time implicates both the diet of women during pregnancy, and childhood diet quality, in the risk for mental health problems in children. Given that 75% of psychiatric illnesses begin before age 25, these findings have significant implications for public health.

 

In this presentation A/Prof Felice Jacka will give an overview of the recent and compelling evidence from around the globe demonstrating the important role that diet plays in the common mental health problems, depression and anxiety, in children, adolescents and adults. This very new research is transforming the way these disorders are conceptualised. She will also discuss the potential for universal prevention strategies for depression and anxiety, as well as novel treatments strategies for mental disorders that incorporate dietary changes.

 

Space is limited, reserve your webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/606623438 

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

AUGUST LECTURE
Graeme Cowan: 4 Things I Learnt From 4000+ People who Overcame Depression and Bipolar 

August 19th, 2014  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

La Jolla, California

 

After recovering from his own horrendous episode of depression, Graeme Cowan strove to understand the fastest way to beat depression and bipolar. His quest lead him to interview hundreds of well-known and everyday people, including former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, TV talk show host Trisha Goddard, former UK PM Tony Blair's chief adviser Alastair Campbell, former Google Executive Bob Boorstin, Seattle's Lora Inman and many others, who courageously described their journey back from the brink.  There were a number of common threads in these sustained recovery stories. These anecdotal insights lead to him asking 4000+ people who have learnt to beat or manage their depression and bipolar "what worked best?" - and the 4 things he learnt and will share in this seminar will surprise you. www.IamBackFromTheBrink.com

"Graeme is quite simply a thought leader. He has utilized the lessons gained during a personally horrific time to guide, teach, inspire, and coach millions of Australians."

Nataly Bovopolous, Deputy CEO, Mental Health First Aid Australia

 

Graeme has worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can all build resilience and mental wellbeing, to thrive through change.

His third book, BACK FROM THE BRINK: true stories & practical advice to help you overcome depression and bipolar disorder, has just been released, with a Foreword written by the actress Glenn Close, and a testimonial from former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. 

Graeme writes for Psychology Today and authored the report "The Elephant in the Boardroom: getting mentally fit for work."

 

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Story of Hope and Recovery
Claudia Brown
 
Q: How did you discover you were living with bipolar disorder? 
 
A: I was having depressive episodes in high school.  Intermittently, I had highs and had trouble behaving and focusing in school.  After my second major depression, in college when I needed to drop out, I was sent by my parents to a psychiatrist (I had only been to a psychologist before).  I shared my symptoms with him and he diagnosed me. I was 25. I was prescribed lithium. Read more...
THE BOOK & MOVIE CORNER

 
RESILIENCE

A memoir written by Jessie Close about her struggles and triumphant recovery from a severe mental illness. 

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   HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BENEFIT IBPF'S     
  MISSION
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 

BIPOLAR DISORDER CLINICAL TRIAL



Sharp Mesa Vista is currently enrolling men and women aged 18-75 with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder for outpatient clinical trials. Eligible participants may 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. For more information, or to see if you qualify for a study, contact

Tonya Bell, RN at 858-836-8373 or tonya.bell@sharp.com.


WEST COAST CONFERENCE
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER TODAY!
 
International Bipolar Foundation in partnership with North American Center for Continuing Education 
When: November 9, 2015
Where: Anaheim, California

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

August 9th, 2014
San Diego, CA
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AMHSA's 2014 Voice Awards
August 13, 2014
Los Angeles, CA  
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DGBS: "Bipolar Disorder: Up Close and Personal"
18-20 September 2014
Wurzburg, 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 with North American Center for Continuing Education (NACCME) West Coast Meeting  November 9, 2014 Anaheim, CA




September 14-18, 2014
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September 25-28, 2014
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October 9, 2014
Global
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ISBD Annual Conference
June 3-6, 2015
Torronto, Canada
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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.

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