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International Bipolar Foundation
July 16, 2013

My husband and I were blind-sided when our son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Even though I had been a teacher for 31 years, we were not prepared for this diagnosis for our son. I combed the internet looking for information. There wasn't very much back then. I did find a Mental Health Fair in our area which we attended and discovered the California Bipolar Foundation which had been started by some mothers of bipolar children. We signed up for the newsletter and spent the day at the resource tables and sessions. This is where we found parent support groups and information about nutrition. I became a volunteer for the newly named International Bipolar Foundation and helped with the Education Committee, resource fairs, and fund-raisers. Since then, we have used the referral and information IBPF offers on their website. I have become involved with offering and awarding the Girl Scouts' special patch: Mental Health Awareness. I still attend my support group every month. Being involved in International Bipolar Foundation has benefitted our family and helped us help our son with the challenges of bipolar disorder.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to increase volunteers and fund-raising.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

International Bipolar Foundation
May 31, 2013

When our daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, we were blind-sided and ignorant. We were so glad to discover the International Bipolar Foundation, known as California Bipolar Foundation back then. We received badly needed support and information. We immediately attended support groups for parents which were sponsored by IBPF. Since then, we've attended lectures, health fairs and fund-raisers organized by IBPF. The newsletter, website, publications and webinars have helped us stay informed about the latest research and treatments. I have become a member of the Program Committee and other volunteer opportunities which have helped me feel that I'm helping to cure the disease and educate people about the stigma associated with having bipolar disease. I'm especially proud of my work with the Girl Scouts to earn our Mental Health Awareness Patch.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

International Bipolar Foundation
April 10, 2013

International Bipolar Foundation has been my source of support, information and hope. Since my son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, we have searched for answers to our questions. The International Bipolar Foundation put on a mental health fair that we attended. It provided us with much-needed referrals, suggestions and access to support groups. The monthly newsletter has kept us up to date with the latest research and treatments. We have volunteered to help at fund-raising events and lectures, and to pay back for the many benefits we have received. We are so happy to have IBPF in our community to extend much-needed help to other families like ours.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

International Bipolar Foundation
June 1, 2011

My daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2007. I knew I needed information and support. I discovered California Bipolar Foundation (later called International Bipolar Foundation) at a mental health fair. Immediately I received their newsletter filled with sources and valuable information. I also attended a support group for caregivers of people with Bipolar Disorder and found the support I needed from other folks like me. I have since become a volunteer to assist continuing the goals of the foundation and to continue to meet other members who support each other. The search for solutions and improvements in this very difficult disorder helps me feel more positive about the outcomes for my daughter.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My stress level is lower due to the support and information provided. I know so much more about Bipolar Disorder than I did before. I've enjoyed the friends I've met along the way of volunteering for the various functions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to recruit more volunteers and members.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped set up resource tables for health fairs.