My Support Newsletter, June 2020
Dear Reader,

We are the stewards of our nations guiding principles. IBPF shares the responsibility of supporting and standing with our intersectional community.

We are here for you , and are dedicated to use our platform to provide resources to uplift those who have been marginalized throughout the world.


Debbie Brown
Executive Director
IBPF Making A Difference
Thank You!
We all have mental health, including our healthcare workers, caregivers, family members and friends, and we thank you for your investment in mental wellness for all.

Our dedication to carrying out our mission has not wavered. We are honored that you have shared in the responsibility of caring for our community.

Your voice, passion and commitment has helped fortify our ability to provide our most important programs to the individuals and families that greatly need them.

The momentum of  #GivingTuesdayNow  does not need to end.
How I Learned To Prevent My Episodes
"I started craving that stable, calm feeling. I no longer wanted to trigger mania to relieve my depression, I wanted to feel safe . "

H a p p y P r i d e M o n t h !
June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility of the LGBTQ community!

We want to show our support, and offer you the opportunity to share your story, in a safe and inclusive community! Raise your voice and own your identity!

Email to learn how!

We will continue to raise awareness, break stigmas, and encourage inclusiveness! # P r i d e 2 0 2 0
Bipolar Boxing Match
"So I say to each and every one of you reading this who are also suffering and managing to keep fighting, we truly are Bipolar Warriors and as long as we have people in our corner, we will always be more than fit for the fight."

Night of 1000 Carries has returned...

But this time it's virtual and accessible to everyone all over the world!

Have you ever wondered how much better Star Wars would be without men? Watch the 3rd Annual Night of 1,000 Carries: A New Carrie and see!

Join IBPF virtually for Drag, Comedy, & Burlesque in celebration of the iconic and pioneering actress Carrie Fisher!

June 25th | 8pm ET
June 25th | 11pm ET (8pm PT)
June 27th | 3pm ET (8pm GT)

This is an Official Pride event with all proceeds going to International Bipolar Foundation

RSVP on Facebook here.
Purchase your ticket here.
I Feel Less Shame Since COVID-19
"I occasionally receive negative feedback when someone becomes aware that I am on disability, but for the very first time I feel less shame and my sigh is of relief. "

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. This month was dedicated to spreading awareness, breaking stigmas, sharing stories, creating action, and collectively working together to better the worlds understanding of mental health.

While Mental Health Awareness Month may be over, we will continue to support you, your family, and our community!

Read these stories to shine light on why Mental Health Awareness is so important:

Releasing Resentment
"When I have resentful thoughts, I pause and reflect on how I want to view others. It is a sign of strong character to trade jealousy for admiration. Be grateful for what you do have, and the rest will follow."

Join Us On Wednesday at 10 AM PT for Our Six Part Yoga Series!
Cultivate Balance and Self Mastery

In this six part Series, we will explore Bipolar Disorder from a unique perspective! Brooke and Violet will connect yoga philosophy and gentle, accessible yoga practices with psycho-education. Breath awareness, gentle movement and simple meditation will be repeated and also completely optional. 

Top 3 Reasons Why We Want to Bring This to You
To bring about a relaxed state of awareness on all levels of being.
Increase the ability to explore both positive and unhelpful thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behavior.
Manage Stress.

Each class will be 45-60 minutes, starting at 10AM PT.

Mindful Yoga Routine | Daily Practice for Mindfulness
A gentle and easy practice to decrease stress and increase mindfulness. Incorporate this into your daily routine to begin experiencing the wonderful benefits.

Save The Date!
We hope to see you there...
Navigating The Journey of Bipolar Disorder: A Mothers Perspective
Pilar shares her daughter’s struggles and triumphs, as seen and experienced through the eyes of a mother.

Join Us June 10th, 9 AM PT For Our Webinar!
Financial Difficulties and Impulsive Spending in Bipolar Disorder: A Psychological Understanding

Dr. Thomas Richardson is a Clinical Psychologist working in Community Adult Mental Health Services for Solent NHS Trust in Portsmouth, UK. He is also a visiting lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton and has published a number of articles about the psychological understanding and treatment of Bipolar Disorder and the impact of financial difficulties on mental health problems. He is also a former service user with lived experience of Bipolar Disorder.
Register for the webinar here!
Manic Monologues
The Manic Monologues is the creation of producer Zachary Burton, diagnosed with bipolar in 2017 while attending Stanford, and director Elisa Hofmeister. After owning his diagnosis, Zachary decided to do something about it and shared his story to the public.


Passionate about making the health and wellness industry more transparent, accessible, and sustainable.

My personal motto is ‘eat clean, move often’
Quinoa Egg Bake
This baked dish is a family crowd pleaser for breakfast, brunch or dinner!

6 servings

1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
8 eggs
1- 1/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
2 cups packed baby spinach-chopped
1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

Optional- saute diced sausage links and vegetables of choice and add to mixture for added nutrition and flavor!

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8 x 8 glass or metal baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic, basil ,salt, pepper, and quinoa. Stir in spinach and any additional meat/vegetables. Pour mixture into prepared dish and cover tightly with foil. Gently shake the dish to ensure that quinoa settles to the bottom.

Bake until just set, about 45 minutes. Remove foil and top with parmesan. Bake uncovered until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes.
Briefly cool and serve.

In The News and In Print
Manic: A Memoir
"In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster existence with shocking honesty, giving brilliant voice to the previously unarticulated madness she endured. Brave, electrifying, poignant, and disturbing,  Manic  does not simply explain bipolar disorder it takes us into its grasp and does not let go."

Research Updates
Microstructural Alterations in Bipolar and Major Depressive Disorders: A Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging Study

Researchers sought to identify structural and functional abnormalities in bipolar disorder and major depressive disorders in order to attain insight into their biological processes. Widespread microstructural alterations were evident across the brain in each disorder.

Read more  here.
Diagnostic Stability in Children and Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder, a Nationwide Register-Based Study

When following patients with bipolar disorder (BD) longitudinally, a diagnostic change might indicate either a progression of illness course or a prior lack of diagnostic precision. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic stability of BD in children and adolescents using over two decades of nationwide register-based data.

Read more  here.
Lithium’s Antiviral Effects: A Potential Drug for CoViD-19 Disease?

Since its introduction in modern medicine, naturalistic observations emerged about possible uses of lithium treatment for conditions different from recurring affective disorders, for which it is still a first-line treatment option.The present review aims to present most of the pre-clinical and clinical evidence about lithium’s ability to inhibit viruses.

Read more  here.
The Hidden Links Between Mental Disorders

The study tackles a fundamental question that has bothered researchers for more than a century. What are the roots of mental illness?In the hope of finding an answer, scientists have piled up an enormous amount of data over the past decade, through studies of genes, brain activity and neuroanatomy.

Read more  here.
From Our Partners
Taming the Anxiety That Complicates Bipolar

Although the combination of bipolar disorder plus anxiety can be complex and dynamic, medications paired with talk therapy is an effective treatment . Read more here.
Son of Robin Williams Helps Others Heal

After his own mental health challenges following the sudden death of his famous dad, Zak Williams shares how supporting others has been helpful to him.  Read more here.
Bipolar on TV: Does It Help or Harm?

On the one hand, characters with bipolar can demonstrate that treatment leads to stability. On the other, manic extremes make for better drama. . Read more here.
Depression & the Mystery of Motivation

Low motivation can drag you down even between your depressive episodes. Try these simple strategies to help you get the ball rolling, bit by bit.  Read more here.
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