The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Overview
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Target demographics: Musicians and other creative professionals with bipolar disorder. Because of Sean's celebrity, we have an international reach.
Direct beneficiaries are those who have entered treatment due to our programs and education, as well as family members we have supported.
Indirect beneficiaries are society as a whole. BD is the 6th cause of disability in the world (WHO), with the highest mortality of any psychiatric disorder.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help in many ways: -Administratively.... organize information and files; maintain data base information, etc. -@ Benefits.... help with Silent Auctions, merchandise, ticket sales, etc. -Fundraising.... work on the committee to develop and execute a plan -Social Networking.... research aspects of BD that are appropriate to psychoeducation -Board Development.... Provide a 3 hour workshop for board members -Organize an event in your town There are many other things that an all volunteer organization can use help with, and virtual volunteers are welcome.
Geographic areas served: We have done benefits in various US locations; however, our population and reach is international.
To date, we have had 10 or more benefits in different cities in the US where educational information was available and BD and its comorbitites were addressed. Additionally, we funded research on the connection between bipolar disorder and creativity which was then presented at the IRB in Rome, April 2011, the largest conference on BD in the world. We also participated in a Community Consultation Day in Vancouver in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
Programs: Due to our international reach, we are primarily an internet based organization at ths time. We are seeking a grant for a documentary, an internet and mobile based application to monitor sleep (to prevent mania), and an educational symposium aimed at School Counselors and Nurses in the Atlanta area
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