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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

16 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.

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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.

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Bipolar Foundation has been a huge support for our whole family. Especially for my daughter who was diagnosed in grade school. It has been a tough road for her.
They are making great strides in erasing the stigma through their education, free lectures and services.
I am honored to be part of this group. Together we can make a difference!

Chrisi H.