My Support Newsletter, January 2020
Dear Reader,

We welcome 2020 with fervor as we pilot our HUGS for Kids program, and also roll out several existing program updates which you will experience soon. We thank you for your dedication and support which has allowed us to invest in our offerings!

In this new year we will continue to offer both caregivers and those living with bipolar disorder new and consistent educational tools and resources to aid in living the best life possible. You are important to us.
Know that you are not alone and that we are here for you!

All the best,

Debbie Brown
Executive Director
IBPF Making A Difference
Hi, there! Let me introduce myself...
My name is Emily and I am the new program manager at IBPF, which means, along with our other programs, I am responsible for our My Support Newsletter! I look forward to sharing updates on IBPF events, helpful news and research articles, and other resources that will be of value to you!

We have some exciting things in the works that will be launching in the next few weeks, so keep on the look out! For the time being heres a little hint...
"I would have an auditory or visual hallucination more days than not, but might go for a week without seeing or hearing anything strange. But then the sky would start to fall - a recurring visual hallucination where the air became visible and would fall to the ground like rain."

2019 Young Investigator Research and Travel Grant Winner!
The International Bipolar Foundation research and travel grant is awarded to a university, research, or postdoctoral training student who is performing research in or closely related to bipolar disorder.

We are excited to announce our 2019 Young Investigator Research and Travel Grant recipient is Rebekah Huber, PhD.

Rebekah is a research assistant professor within the department of psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Her goal is to examine interactions between brain and behavior for the purpose of understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment of suicide risk in youth with bipolar disorder. This grant will generate preliminary data and support her travel to the 2019 International Society of Bipolar Disorders Conference!
Learn more about Rebekah and her research here.

Learn more about our Research and Travel Grant here.
Tri-City Carlsbad Marathon
January 19th, 2020
Thank you to all of the volunteers who took time out of their day to join us at the Carlsbad Marathon.

This was an important opportunity to break down stigmas surrounding not only bipolar disorder, but all mental health conditions!

We would love for more individuals to join our community of educators, supporters, and advocators! If you are interested in volunteering with IBPF please email
How IBPF Inspired Essay Contest Winner
Petra, pictured with members from her school newspaper, shared with IBPF how she got involved in mental health advocacy and the ways IBPF has inspired her to do more.

"How to urge my community, my culture,
and the rest of the world to not only acknowledge the humanity of the mentally ill, but embrace it? That became my question from then on."

Read Petra's story here.
James Phelps: The Complexity of Mixed States
James Phelps, M.D. has specialized in bipolar spectrum variations for over 15 years. Learn more about mixed states and moods.

Ask the Expert - Pilar Cardenas

Communication and Trust: How Do I Convince A Loved One To Seek Help?

"Both in my profession and as a mother of a 22 year-old daughter who has been living with bipolar disorder since age 12, I have personally seen the difficulties experienced by both the loved one and those who care about him/her, particularly at the outset. My hope is to is to share some highlights from my years of experience to help get you on the right path.

Reaching out for information and advice can help answer some of your questions and set you up for a helpful, if not pivotal conversation with the person you care about."
Read the six steps to communicate with your loved one here.
Mental Health Awareness Patch Program
"It was interesting to do this workshop with the girls, and from different ages. Each had a different understanding about what mental illness was and was not. Many had misconceptions about what mental illness is, and viewed it as a negative stigma. I believe the girls biggest take away was about social awareness and an overall message to be kind to all." - Troop 4630

Learn how to participate in our mental health patch program here!
In The News and In Print
OMG That's Me!: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and More...
"OMG That’s Me!  is sometimes funny, often poignant, but always deeply honest, open, and personal. Mowry's stories let others know there is help and there is hope, and that they too can recover and live a full life."

Research Updates
Psychotropic drug-induced genetic-epigenetic modulation of  CRTC1  gene is associated with early weight gain in a prospective study of psychiatric patients

This study is a step in the right direction for creating medications that will reduce or remove weight gain as a side effect.

Read more  here
Sex-Specific Genetic Processes Shown in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

A collaborative study carried out by Professor Jochen Klein and Professor Hermona Soreq now shows sex-specific biases in gene expression where there is a high genetic similarity of the psychiatric diseases schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, whose disease-specific changes in brain cells show an overlap of more than 70 percent.

Read more  here.
Family Therapy Better for Youths at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Colorado and Stanford University studied 127 young people from ages 9 to 17. They analyzed two types of treatment that delay new and recurring bipolar symptoms: family-focused therapy and psychoeducation.

Read more  here.
Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome at Increased Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have an increased risk of developing bipolar disorder, according to study results published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. However, treatment with metformin may slightly reduce the risk for bipolar disorder.

Read more  here.
From Our Partners
Sugar & Mood: The Bittersweet Struggle

When we feel low and want a quick pick-me-up, indulging a sugar craving is tempting. To stabilize our mood, we can learn to kick our sweet tooth to the curb.  Read more here.
The Most Common Exercise Myths… Busted

Focusing on exercise facts makes it easier to get active. As in: You don’t have to stretch, work up a sweat, or spend hours at the gym to feel benefits.  Read more here.
Shop and Support
eBay for Charity has partnered with the  PayPal Giving Fund   to make it easy for sellers to donate 10% to 100% (or as low as 1% for eBay Motors vehicles) of your item's final sale price to a certified charity. Choose   IBPF as your charity  and make an impact!
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to IBPF!
Smilematic  is a free Chrome extension that will automatically turn your everyday Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile donations.
You'll never again miss an opportunity to raise money for
International Bipolar Foundation.
IBPF is proud to be part of Ralphs Community Rewards program. We encourage you to participate by linking your rewards card to IBPF. Community Rewards is an easy way to make an impact on the mental illness community! The more you shop with us, the more money IBPF will earn!
Donate using  PayPal Giving Fund , there are no fees and we receive 100% of your donation!

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