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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have bi-polar. Everyday I realize with this website I am not alone. My struggles don't go unnoticed. They gave great support banners I can proudly display on my Facebook. Having bi-polar doesn't define me as a person , it is part of my person. Through the support on this website many people can show support for others and talk about their story. I am very grateful to the Bi-Polar organization for having the wisdom and strength to boldly help others with this disorder. Sincerely Janet Thomas

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am not a volunteer, or a professional, or any of the other listed categories, I am family member of someone I love who has a dual diagnosis of BPD and BPD (go figure). The IBF site is a breath of fresh air to those of us who have given up the hope finding a better way to help those we care for and about. I have hope again because this very informative site offers so many newer ideas and support to all of us daring to seek answers from the medical institutions in N.America. This site offers the best eyes on the Disorder that I have ever seen.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The diligence, work ethic, and dedication of the International Biopolar Foundation is impeccable. They have reached across the globe helping countless individuals and their families and friends of those with the mental illness Bipolar Disorder. Their efforts have literally saved lives. I highly recommend them to anyone in such need. IBPF is amazing!

Loni K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a person who lives with bipolar, this foundation helps to rid society of the stigma people have towards mental illness. They do their best to get people help and educate others about mental illness. I am fortunate to now serve on their CAC and help advise them on areas we still need to reach. I wish I had known about them early on in my diagnosis.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For 22 years now I have been the only person who has stayed in contact with my daughter who has Bipolar disorder, the pain and struggle that she and I have gone through can't be describe here. My daughter again is hospitalized, I cannot express how thankful and grateful the education I have received on the webinars through International Bipolar Foundation, they have enabled and equip me to see that education of this illness has finally given me understanding and hope for my daughter. My prayer is that one day she can view this educational webinars and referrals so she can start to see that she has a hopeful, productive future. This education that I have gone through should be given to doctors, hospitals and long term facilities and social workers that are connected to help the mentally ill patient.

Evelyn7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder was such an eventful experience that I will never forget. It has impacted every decision I have made in my life from that point forward. I have been so blessed to find such an organization as this at such a young age! My thanks goes out to those that created/run this organization. I learned about you five years after my diagnosis, and those first five years were very difficult and lonely with no one outside my immediate family to support me. Now that I have found an entire network of those that have the same diagnosis as I have, I'm not so lonely anymore........ so thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been a huge support to my whole family. I am so grateful that we found them! My daughter struggles with Bipolar Disorder. Together we can make a difference.

Linda A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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1 Debra45

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It amazes me that the internet has so completely changed the atmosphere of being able to be open about mental health issues. I have been a frequent communicator on the International Bipolar Foundation site and it has been good to be open about my personal struggle with depressions. At one time I did not feel comfortable sharing about this issue, but everything has changed. I do know that my instructors at Drake University knew, during my graduate work, but the ADA is a support for those with disabilities both in employment and in schooling. The problem I felt was that I was afraid that if I was honest about my mental health challenges that I would not be considered for employment in the social services positions I held for some twenty years. Despite these issues I held very responsible positions such as a Case Manager and House Parent for disabled vulnerable adults. It was my pleasure to work, in fact I was a "workaholic"! Now after a decade of disability my health has returned to me and I have "found my voice" as it were. I know that what I have to speak about or write about may be helpful for those who struggle with mental health issues. I have walked through that same valley. At times I did not even know if I could see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Now I have come out the other side! I want to let others know that there is the possibility for health. As a vocational rehab. counselor I cannot keep silent about these issues. Someone out there may be helped by what I have to share. Thank you for International Bipolar International because I could not continue to "hide in the closet" as it were, because in a counseling session with my wonderful counselor he asked me directly, "Well you are willing to write and study about FMS (fibromyalgia) why not your Bipolar issues as WELL?" It really made me think, and I decided that I could no longer deny this part of my past. I do mean PAST because I have been able to control my bodies' bent for the rollercoaster life of bipolar illness. I am not saying I am at a one hundred percent, but once I was only at 20%. Now I can do much of what I want to when I want to. I have so much joy about what has happened to me, health wise, that I want to "get up on my soap box" and tell the whole world. Well I know that the WWW reaches all around the world. Since this is an International organization, I say BRAVO for advocating for all of us with mental health challenges!! Thank you and I would submit this with all due respect, Debra J. Kelly Greene MS Edu (A vocational rehabilitation counselor that has walked in their shoes and now wants to dance in them!!) Thanks again, djkgc

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Client Served

Rating: 4

After leaving the hospital when I had my last episode, I was desperate to learn more about my illness and find suppport. IBPF was an immense support and gave me hope & courage. The current research they provided about bipolar disorder from various sources was very informative & that was what I was most interested in. They also shared several articles on how to cope with the illness. I also applaud their efforts to help reduce the stigma about mental illness. I was very happy to find an organization solely dedicated to bipolar disorder. I strongly believe that organizations such as the International Bipolar Foundation (IBFP) are GREATLY needed in this time and age considering there is still such a huge amount of stigma surrounding mental illness and it is still such a taboo topic in many societies around the world.