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Recently our FaceBook page has been exploding with over 1000 new Likes per day. We are receiving a lot of very interesting & important questions, but for those who are new to IBPF, did you know our website has A LOT of information?

You can download our free book; Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, order our Girl Scout Mental Health Patch packet, sign up for our Speakers' Bureau, peruse our video library with > 80 lectures, check out upcoming events & Webinars and SO MUCH more!!  Go here to learn more

If our website doesn't have the answer to your question, check out our experts on Sharecare: here, watch our YouTube channel:
here, or email me anytime!: MWalker.IBPF@gmail.com

To your health,

Muffy Walker  

              IBPF SPONSORED LA FUNDRAISER                                   TONIGHT!


The Lee Thompson Young Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted.

Where: Figueroa Hotel
            Los Angeles, CA

When: Tonight, July 10th at 9:00 pm- 2:00am

Cost: $20.00 donation at the door
JULY WEBINARS

   
Craig Lewis and Jamie 

Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS:


"Depression Associated with Bipolar Disorder in Youth

Better Days - A Fresh Approach for Developing Effective Coping Methods with Craig Lewis and Dr. Jamie Marich 


OUR JULY 8TH WEBINAR, WATCH IT HERE!

 

In this webinar, Craig Lewis and Jamie Marich, will be discussing the reality that we all possess the ability to develop more effective coping methods. We honor that each person has a wealth of knowledge and self-expertise, that when tapped into, can radically improve the quality of our lives for the better. This is the 'Better Days' approach - that each person is the expert on themselves and therefore knows what sets them off, identifying what has successfully worked for them in dealing with the triggers they face, and accordingly, identifying what reactions that they may have had in the past, to those triggers that have resulted in continued disruption to their lives. Each of us has a choice, and this choice is the key to increased degrees of happiness, peace and life satisfaction. You are the expert on you and this is to be honored, valued, nurtured and respected.

                      

 

Dr. Steven Jones:


 

"Recovery focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Bipolar Disorder"

Monday,  July 13th, at 9:00 am PDT  


 
For many people living with bipolar disorder the concept of personal recovery is a meaningful one. This seems to mean being able to engage in valued activities,  having strategies for self management of health and having an understanding of mood experiences. This webinar will describe the development and evaluation of a new measure of personal recovery in bipolar disorder and a new individualized  psychological therapy designed to enhance personal recovery outcomes in individuals with a relatively recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder (<5 years).

Steven received his PhD and clinical training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where he had an academic post before moving to the North West of the UK where he has worked in the NHS as well as at the University of Manchester until  2008 when he was founding Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University. Since 2013 in recognition of the growth of the Spectrum Centre a co-directorship model was initiated between Steven and Fiona  Lobban (formerly associate director).

 

Space is limited, reserve your seat now here

 

  

 


 

Emily Wu:

"Coping with Stigma & Discrimination: How I Became a Stronger Mental Health Advocate"

Wednesday July, 29th, at 9:00 am PDT

 

Emily Wu Truong will share her personal experiences facing stigma & discrimination after coming out with her story of mental health issues. 

Emily Wu Truong is an emerging leader for mental health awareness, known as the "Lady in Green." She is a Motivational Speaker & Mental Health Advocate, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Social Behavior from UC Irvine. As an outspoken advocate, Emily was elected as Chair of the Asian Coalition and serves on the Client & Family Leadership Committee for the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) in Sacramento. As a motivational speaker, Emily has been invited to speak at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, & Raytheon. She is best known for her speeches "Believing in Me: My Journey to Finding My Self-Worth" and "Breaking Down the Walls of Perfectionism." Most recently, in recognition of March as Women's History Month, Emily was selected for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award for Senator Ed Hernandez's 22nd Senate District. Emily has become a role model, demonstrating self-initiative and an indomitable will, delivering her message that with help, there is hope. 

  

Space is limited. Reserve your seat now here.

 






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

Please help by signing this Petition!

Our goal is to make a real difference in the lives of people living with mental illnesses. Finding better treatments will require funding for research from the U.S. government. Our representatives in Washington need to know that we want them to place a higher priority on curing mental illnesses, which affect so many of us. We will take this petition to Washington to draw attention to the issue and begin a serious dialogue about curing mental illnesses.

Click here to sign!
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We are excited to partner with: Bring Change 2 MindTo Write Love on Her Arms,The Jed FoundationThe International Bipolar Foundation and Young Minds in empowering people to take action.

 

Let's help each other by sharing our stories, our struggles and our successes in dealing with mental health issues through #iknowJenny and help our charity partners by picking up one of these exclusive reward packages.

 

Thanks for your support!

Jonny, Mark, Daniel & Paul


FIND A USA THERAPIST NEAR YOU

Helping people find individual counseling, family counseling, couples counseling and therapy groups. 

Click here to find a local therapist based on expertise and your insurance.



Muffy Walker, IBPF Chairman, 

Presents at ISBD Conference in Torronto

"The Role of Family in Treating Bipolar Disorder"

  June 2015


 























IF YOU LOVE OUR WORK THEN TELL THE WORLD! 

You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits - a review site like TripAdvisor - is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2015 Top-Rated List. Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It's easy and only takes 3 minutes! 

 

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 Make your video today!
"You've Got This" supports the Bipolar community. View the videos from Bipolar sufferers encouraging those with Bipolar to know they are not alone and that they've "got this" and then make your own video!

GET EDUCATED WITH IBPF!

Check out our YouTube informational videos. Click on the icon to view the latest: 
Visit our sharecare page and ask our panel of experts a question. Click on the icon to get started!
 

Watch our latest webinar video below: 
Better Days - A Fresh Approach for Developing Effective Coping Methods 


Follow us on FacebookLike us on Facebook and twitter Follow us on Twitter for current and relevant discussions and information.
THE BOOK & MOVIE CORNER


 
BETTER DAYS WORKBOOK

This book helps those aspiring toward recovery and wellness and also those in recovery, because it addresses and challenges the individual - in very real, basic and honest ways - to make significant cognitive adjustments in how they live their lives. The beauty of this curriculum is that people like to do it and don't consider it a chore, a demand, or a requirement, because every page subtly encourages the individual to think in realistic and forward-moving ways. This allows them to feel good about doing the work. 

Watch IBPF Webinar


 



 


 

 

SUICID
Das Buch beginnt mit einer schweren depressiven Phase des Protagonisten. Er hat mit dem Leben und vor allem mit den letzten drei Monaten abgeschlossen und begibt sich auf den Weg an den Ort, an dem er er sterben mochte.

Read more


 


 


SO YOU'RE GOING CRAZY


Hilary Dean, the director and one of the people featured in this documentary, went "crazy" some ten years ago. About four years ago (with this new distribution this year) she released a 50 minute documentary that aims to take some of the bafflement and fear out of what happens when someone becomes psychotic. She has succeeded admirably.

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Angehorige sind Erfahrene: Ein Ermutigungsbuch

Angehorige psychisch erkrankter Menschen kennen diese Gefühle: Schock, Ratlosigkeit, Ohnmacht, Schuld und Angst. Was hilft, ist, sich der eigenen, besonderen Erfahrungen bewusst zu werden und den Austausch mit anderen zu suchen. Dann kann es auch gelingen, sich von Schuldgefuhlen und von dem Empfinden zu losen, standig zum Tragen schwerer Verantwortung verpflichtet zu sein. Uber all dies berichten Eltern und Partnern in diesem Buch und machen anderen Angehorigen damit Mut, ihren eigenen Weg zu finden. 


 


 

 

AUTISTIC BLESSINGS AND BIPOLAR ME

A memoir by a mother of two sons with autism, Emma Plows. I stumbled across Emma over on twitter and eagerly anticipated reading her book. I was not disappointed, it is a gem of a book. This book is a raw, honest and bare bones account of the daily realities of living as a woman with bipolar disorder, while raising two young boys with autism, as well as running the family home and caring for a much loved father-in-law who has a terminal illness.
Read more

 


 


 

JUST BREATHE


 
Just Breathe is for any child who feels anxious or worried when facing everyday life circumstances such as going to a new school, taking a test, arguing with a friend, or trying out for a team. In this charming story, the child remembers to breathe deeply in order to find his own inner calm and successfully cope with each new situation.

Read more


 


 

 HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BENEFIT IBPF'S     
  MISSION
RESEARCH STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

WE NEED YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOUR IDEAS, AND YOUR HELP

People with bipolar disorder or depression are joining doctors and researchers to help find new, more effective treatments.

We're launching a new kind of study-a collaboration. Participants are partners, not just patients or research subjects. 

Learn more here
BIPOLAR DISORDER 1 IN LOS ANGELES AREA 

We are conducting a research study involving children between 10-17 years of age suffering from Bipolar I disorder in the Los Angeles area. The goal of the study is to learn more about Bipolar disorder and increase future treatment options for children. Participation in the study includes health assessments and study medications at no cost, as well as reimbursement for your time and travel. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have about participating in this research study. Our phone number is (424)227-8127. We look forward to hearing from you!   

Marina Bussel, M.D.

ProScience Research Group"

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.

A STUDY ASSESSING YOUR CHILD'S
MOOD AND BEHAVIOR

FOR PARENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF DEPRESSION OR BIPOLAR DISORDER.  

A STUDY ASSESSING YOUR CHILD'S MOOD AND BEHAVIOR

   Parents, if your child (aged 2 - 12) has mood or behavioral difficulties, we

would like to enlist your participation in a study called the Child Network.

Parents who enroll in the study will complete a quick online rating checklist

of their child's symptoms once a week by a secure web-based system.

Parents can then print out the ratings to help their child's clinicians assess

course of illness and response to treatment.

                       

     Also, parents who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar

disorder and have a child (ages 2-12) who is currently

healthy, may also want to participate in this study to follow any symptoms that may develop over time.

     If you are interested in participating in this study, please go to

http://bipolarnews.org/?page_id=2630

or go to http://tinyurl.com/ChildhoodMoodDisorderNetwork

for direct access to the informed consent forms. For more information, call 301-530-8245 or email questions to childnetworkbnn@gmail.com

Research Study

Principal Investigator: Robert L. Findling, MD, MBA. IRB Study #00026940

 


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

Learn More Here


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.

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 

PARTICIPANTS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER OR
SCHIZOPHRENIA NEEDED

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A BRAIN IMAGING RESEARCH STUDY

To be eligible you must:

-Be between the ages of 18 and 65

-Have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

-not use drugs or drink a lot of alcohol

 

If you choose to participate, you will have a brain scan to measure certain receptors in the brain that may be related to bipolar disorder.  You will be paid a possible total of $400 or more. (HIC 1101007933)

 

If you are interested and think you may be eligible please call our study coordinator at

(203)737-6884. 

BIPOLAR DISORDER?
The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is seeking volunteers for a research study involving genetics and medication response in Bipolar Disorder.

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you:
*are at least 18 years of age
*have been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder
*are willing to take Lithium for mood stabilization

To learn more about the study, please call: 858-642-3590
or, visit our website here 
BIPOLAR DISORDER 1

BEAM is a comprehensive, early-intervention treatment program for Bipolar I Disorder which uses strength-based services to create a two-year plan designed specifically to put individuals and families back on track.

To be eligible for the BEAM program, participants must:

*Have a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder *Have experienced one manic episode

  but no more than three; and
*Be 14-35 or younger;
*Be a San Francisco or San Mateo County Resident *Have Any health insurance (or      uninsured) 

Learn More Here
SUBSTANCE ABUSE STUDY

Do you have bipolar disorder (BD) and do you misuse drugs or alcohol?  If so, you may be interested in helping us better understand the meaning and experience of substance use and abuse among adults with BD.

 

Did you know that most adults with bipolar disorder will struggle with substances? Roughly 60% of those with BD will abuse alcohol and/or other substances. Existing research indicates that substance misuse can negatively impact BD symptoms and quality of life.

 

We are undertaking an exploratory study to better understand substance use and misuse among persons with bipolar disorder across the adult life course. The meaning and experience of substance use and abuse among adults will be explored. For more information, please go to: http://get.sfu.ca/BkzqPW

A STUDY ASSESSING YOUR CHILD'S MOOD AND BEHAVIOR

 Via the Bipolar Collaborative Network and the

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Parents, if your child (aged 2 - 12) has mood or behavioral difficulties, we would like to enlist your participation in a study called the Child Network. Parents who enroll in the study will complete an online rating checklist of your child's symptoms once a week by a secure web-based system.

 

In addition, adults who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder and are the biological parent of a child (ages 2-12) who is currently healthy and has no troublesome mood or behavioral symptoms may also be eligible to participate in this study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please go to www.bipolarnews.org
For more information, call 301-530-8245  or email childnetworkbnn@gmail.com.
RESEARCH STUDY IN GERMANY

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like like to draw attention to a research project to survey the importance of treatment goals in the psychotherapy of bipolar disorders in affected visibility and ask for your participation. The project of the TU Chemnitz (Saxony) is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and cooperation among others with the German Society for Bipolar Disorders (DGBS), the Austrian Society for Bipolar disorders (OEGBE), the BMBF research on patient-oriented research, self-help association Bipolaris Berlin-Brandenburg eV and the bipolar forum (Self Help Forum DGBS) realized. For more information, see the flyer in the Appendix. The last part of our study aims to raise the importance of different therapeutic targets in the treatment of psychotherapy from the affected perspective in order to make such statements about the importance of individual goals and the previous survey to destinations in the pharmacotherapeutic treatment supplement. This therapy target preferences are to be derived from those affected to the future already integrated at the level of assessment of efficacy studies, the patients' perspective stronger. It is a complex statistical analysis method (conjoint analysis) used in the form of an online survey, which puts you in the position, to deal with different therapy options and decide how important is each offer.The questionnaire can be found at http://phil-gate.phil.tu-chemnitz.de/klipsy/sawtooth/ 
 (Please use the Mozilla Firefox browser for answering the questionnaire.) The answers will take about 20-30 minutes. We would love to be able to win their support. For questions, please contact us by telephone at: Frederik Hairy: Phone  0371/531 38315, email: frederik.haarig@psychologie.tu-chemnitz.de 
With thanks for your support and kind regards.

What is your organization doing to optimize outcomes for the increasing number of students seeking mental health services?

Mobile health company ThriveStreams invites you to participate in a national Behavioral Health Technology in Higher Education Survey as part of an NIH-funded research study. 


We are looking for expert opinions from:

Mental Health Providers, Counseling Center Program Managers & Directors

By participating in this study, you will help identify factors affecting mobile mental health delivery, and your input may inform progress in national standards for providing behavioral healthcare in higher education institutions. Your expertise at the university level gives you a unique perspective on this issue, and we hope you will consider participating. 

Contact: research@thrivestreams.com or (646) 535-8478.

CHILD NETWORK


The Child Network is an online tool and research study that allows parents to track their child's mood and behavior through weekly assessments on a secure web site under a protocol approved by the John's Hopkins IRB. The tool is specifically intended for parents of children who have mood or behavioral problems (or who are at-risk for problems because the parent has depression or bipolar disorder). The weekly assessment of symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositionality, and mania takes only a few minutes and the results can be printed out to visualize symptom trajectory and response to treatment. This may be very helpful to parents and clinicians in following symptom evolution and improvement, and will provide much needed information on childhood mood disorders.

To sign up to participate, or for more information, visit the Child Network at: http://bipolarnews.org/?page_id=2630ly port femtosecond transponder. Optional Link



 

Psych Congress is driven to provide practical, clinically relevant education based on the very latest in scientific understanding. The educational agenda concentrates on advances in mental health care, individualized treatment strategies, and the health care team's approach to patient management and wellness. The ultimate goal of the conference is to aid mental health professionals in providing effective, long-term management of patients with mental disorders in order to maximize outcomes and improve quality of life.


 

This conference is intended for psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals who seek to increase their knowledge, confidence, and abilities related to psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and wellness. 


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July 2015
United States
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UMTR2ME Brain Games/Scavenger Hunt
August 8th, 2015
San Diego, CA
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September 10-13

San Diego, USA

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Hill Day Nation Council for Behavioural Health

October 5, 6 2015 

Washington, DC

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GERMAN SOCIETY FOR BIPOLAR DISORDERS

15th Annual Congress

September 17-19th

Essen, Germany
IBPF Muffy Walker speaker
9-17

September 19th

California, USA

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Nation Council for Behavioral Health ConferenceMarch 7-9, 2016Las Vegas, USA