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International Bipolar Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to To eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.

Programs: Healthy living with bipolar disorder book

providing care and support services: outreach and referral program international bloggers

providing educational services: girl scouts of the united states mental health patch my support e-newsletter high school essay contest speakers' bureau webinars monthly lectures say it forward anti-stigma campaign social media: facebook and twitter health media: sharecare and webmd educational videos and brochures conference

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization help me get organized when my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was the worst crisis in my life. Their educational material is readily available, for free. It is up to date and evidence based. Their webinars are timely and cover the depth n breath of this illness. The international nature is so meaningful. It debunks the notion that this is a made up illness to benefit big pharma. It also provides culturally sensitive information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and client served, I have nothing but praise for IBPF! I stumbled across their site over a year ago and found my home for education and inspiration. I was still struggling with addiction and recovering from a drug induced mania, joblessness, criminal charges and hopelessness. IBPF provided an educational tool and an outlet to share my experience, strength and hope. Much has changed for the better and I so appreciate IBPF's role in my continued recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't remember how long I have been diagnosed with this BiPolar 1 disorder but it has traumatized me throughout my life. The Highs and Lows, three failed marriages, financial losses, many jobs have all taken their toll on my soul. I am currently under psychiatric care and receiving group counseling through an outpatient program from a hospital. Finding the IBPF has been a blessing to my life and helps me to know that I am not alone. Their professionalism and dedication to help others is above and beyond the call of duty. I love receiving their newsletter and listening to their webinars. Praise God for their dedication to removing the stigma associated with this disorder. Christina Rossetti

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have bipolar II and been struggling with this from several years undiagnosed. It's been only one year since diagnosed but I've learned here the most I know about my mental illness, Im still struggling but I feel there is a resilience possibility that I didn't imagine before.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have bipolar 1 and have struggled with this for two years. Prior to that I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder after the birth of my son. The International Bipolar Foundation Foundation and it's webinars have been a source of great information for me.

Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm early onset rapid cycling bipolar with multiple OCD. I’m also an artist and have written a couple of essays in regards to a series of paintings that I’m creating that are concerned with my experience with being bipolar from such a young age. The essays can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/684800134895485/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have bipolar II and have had episodes of depression throughout my adult life. It was only diagnosed though three years ago. I love the webinars that the International Bipolar Foundation have almost every Wednesday. They are very educational. The site is full of good information and resources. It helps me be more informed both about my own condition, but also in ways I can support others. I am glad I found the site.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have Ultra Rapid/Ultradian Cycling Bipolar Disorder. I've been treatment resistant, and have embarked on a research journey for my wellbeing and seeking ways to amplify the limited effect medication has on me. I feel honored to be able to assist this organization, they bring much needed information, geared towards patients, loved ones, caretakers and the general community on an international scale. Personally, I have helped them translate their "Healthy Living" manual to Spanish. They bring varied topics, from scientific research data, personal blogs, media articles, among others. They are readily available through various social media outlets, including Facebook & Twitter. They also post motivational images, fostering positive feedback among the audience. Last, but not least, they actively monitor to answer any urgent concerns or questions asked. The International Bipolar Foundation is an excellent resource, not just an informational one, but also for those seeking support from like-minded individuals or fellow patients or caretakers.

3 pocketnetgirl

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been diagnosed with bipolar for 31 years. Every day, IBF provides messages of hope and support, as well as cutting edge information - right to my phone via Facebook. I love IBF!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had rapid cycling type 1 bipolar since I was 18 years old (now I am 31) and this organization is full of both personal accounts of strength and hope, and medical research. There is something for everyone here. They are also understanding to my medical needs and that's great to help with someplace who is sensitive to my needs as well as being efficient. I am not only helping myself but helping others as well.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I live in the UK and only discovered this charity recently when I was seeking help. I emailed them and always received a quick reply which was personal and always from the same member of staff. I am so grateful for their support and helping me be brave and be more open about my bipolar disorder. I have since listened to great advice from top researchers who give very interesting and relevant advice/information. I am so supportive of their work and am beginning to join in as a volunteer to help in any way I can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful I was able to find the IBF because it has helped not only me, being diagnosed with BiPolar little over a year, but it has also helped my marriage. Having information and resources to help my husband and family understand what is going on, makes it a bit easier on me as well. IBF Facebook page is one I follow closely. The articles and blogs are great and I'm proud to share the information with others. I have referred the site a few times. Thank you IBF!!!

Mario B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have Rapid Cycling Bipolar, and was diagnosted two years ago... taking my meds regularly, and feeling now that i ca go forward and address other issues in my life. It helps to be informed! And the FOundation, with their works, helps us all. Thanks!

1 Donald17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

For about a year I have benefitted from the information posted. I was diagnosed with bipolar 20 years ago. I have learned some helpful things from the internet posts. I have agreed with 90% of the information. I refer information to others with mental illness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation has helped me for several years to deal with my disorder. A valuable resource from scientific evidence to personal blogs. I'm happy to say a few years later now I have joined the very talented bloggers with my first post this month.

2 Ashley Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started blogging for the foundation in April and through my own writing, reading others writing and all of the feedback I have gained so much value and insight. I am very appreciative of this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have Bipolar Disorder, and being part of a group that spreads positive vibes about this illness helps me feel empowered about my own health and treatment.

2 Sil P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a bipolar disorder and reading all the information that the Foundation provides helps a lot to feel that someone out there is working to find for us better meds, therapy, prevention on relaps. Only a Bipolar will always understand a Bipolar but the Foundation does a great job understanding and supporting, just love for you guys!

2 Susan315

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined the International Bipolar Foundation about 6 months ago after being directed there from another site. The amount of information and resources available is amazing. I have bipolar disorder and have always been very secretive about it. I have followed IBF daily through Facebook and prior to World Bipolar Day started doing a lot of research about mental illness and stigma, especially around bipolar disorder. Through the encouragement of the stories I read from people involved in the foundation and the ever increasing frustration I was feeling about having to hide my mental illness I decided to "come out" to my facebook friends about my bipolar disorder. It was a very liberating and rewarding experience for me. I continue to benefit from the information, the positivity and the resources this group provides. And, I am constantly astounded at the reach of the Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

A couple weeks ago, my psychiatrist started to mention the possibility of bipolar disorder in my mental status. I was then, after weeks of extensive analysis and evaluation, officially diagnosed with type I mixed bipolar disorder. The International Bipolar Foundation(IBPF) has provided me with many interesting articles on my facebook home page that have furthered my understanding of the disorder as well as my understanding of the actions and behaviors I have presented in the past and the reasons behind them.