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2014 Behind the Mask: Phantom of the Opera Gala

As you may have noticed I haven’t been keeping up with my blog. Unfortunately I’ve been dealing with multiple hospitalizations for my bipolar disorder as well as my eating disorder. I was at John Hopkins from June-September 2013, and was at the Princeton Eating Disorder Unit in February of this year.I’ve decided to focus on the topic of co-occurring/co-existing diseases that may occur with bipolar disorder, or may mimic symptom as well creating a foggy or inaccurate diagnosis. I picked the most...

2014 Annual High School Essay Contest OPEN

The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is launching a global essay contest to erase stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation’s mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students. “Our hope”, says Walker, Chairman and Co-founder of IBPF, “is that students will be interested in winning the prize and thereby research stigma in order to write the essay. In so doing, we will be educating a lot of young people and hopefully changing their perception about mental illness”.

The First Place Winner will receive $500 and the Second Place Winner will receive $100. 

Students may choose one of the following topics:

  • How is mental health perceived and addressed in your community, both culturally and socially?
  • How can you support a friend or loved one who may be dealing with Bipolar Disorder?
  • How does media impact the stigma of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses?

Entries will be judged by a panel of authors who write about bipolar disorder and mental illness. The winner will be announced in May, which is Mental Health month. High school students throughout the world are invited to participate. Learn more...