My Support Newsletter, September 2021
Dear Reader,
When we reflect on Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, we can recognize the abundance of supportive organizations, families, and individuals who care deeply, and have shared resources and hope that is available every month of every year. IBPF is thankful for all who continually guide us toward a path to wellbeing, and equip us with methods to reach out to others who may be in need.

October is nearly here, have you begun to plan your Starry Night friends and family safe gathering? We will certainly be helping with that! Check our social media for our theme related food and drink suggestions to compliment your evening of connection. I look forward to noticing you online on October 24th!

Best wishes,

Debbie Brown
Executive Director
Tamu Lewis
Starry Night's Featured Speaker
Celebrate virtual Starry Night on 10.24.21 and support International Bipolar Foundation with this year's keynote speaker, Tamu Lewis!

We are honored to be joined by Tamu Lewis who is dedicated to sharing the importance of mental health awareness and education as a living legacy to her brother, actor Lee Thompson Young, whom she lost to suicide in 2013. Knowing that her brother struggled with bipolar disorder and suffered in silence, she is passionate about encouraging “someone in the crowd” to reach out and ask for help. While promoting mental wellness in her work, schools, communities, and organizations, Tamu brings her valuable life lessons and practical solutions to support and uplift individuals and their families.
Don't miss our recent blogs
Back to School Preparation Strategies
Tune in to this webinar presentation by clinical social worker Michelle Griffiths to prepare you and your loved ones for these challenges of returning to school. Learn how to cope with inevitable anxieties, plan ahead, and strategize to deal with unforeseen difficulties. 
Mental Health Stigma in the AAPI Community
Watch this webinar presentation by mental health advocate Tanushree to learn about how stigmatization and generational trauma impacts of mental health in the South Asian diaspora.

It's no surprise that Amazon has become our best friend during quarantine and social distancing! But did you know you could turn your Amazon shopping into a force for good Make sure to use Amazon Smile and a portion of your purchase will be donated to IBPF! Start donating here.

Pilar's Corner: New Blog!
September is Suicide Awareness Month “Pilar’s Corner” addresses a common question:

How can I tell if my family member/friend is severely depressed or suicidal and what can I do?

"By recognizing signs and symptoms of depression and knowing factual information about suicide, we position ourselves to reach out and possibly save a life.

Through 25 years as a therapist and the past 11 years parenting a daughter with bipolar disorder, I have seen common themes among those who are battling depression and have contemplated or been affected by suicide."

Click here to read the rest of Pilar's recent blog!
We want to hear from you!
Your questions and challenges will help shape “Pilar’s Corner”, so please reach out to to request a featured topic.

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

My personal motto is ‘eat clean, move often’
Fried Rice
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
2 cups frozen veggie medley blend (peas, carrots, corn, red pepper, green beans)
2 eggs
1 tbsp sesame oil
4 tbsp soy sauce
8 oz. chicken or shrimp
green onion

In a saute pan, combine rice, protein and veggies and saute with sesame oil. Once hot, push to one side of the pan and crack and scramble 2 eggs until almost cooked, then mix contents of the pan together. Add soy sauce and sriracha to taste. Garnish with green onion.

Serves 4

Announcing Our High School Essay Contest
Topic and Submission Deadlines
How Can Students’ Mental Health Be Supported Virtually and In-Person?
This year, we are want to understand what is needed to support teens' mental health during this time. Let us know by creating a virtual mental health campaign or program, explaining how it would be implemented and benefit to you and your peers.
Submissions open October 15th and close November 30th!
In The News and In Print
Daddy Issues: A Memoir by Carrie Cantwell
Carrie Cantwell exposes a runaway roller coaster of emotions through brutally honest, raw recounting of soaring highs and crushing lows. As the daughter of a father with bipolar, she describes the complex emotional toll of her childhood and her journey to recovery after her own diagnosis. Daddy Issues: A Memoir is a story of forgiveness and absolution, about how mental illness tore apart a father and daughter but was ultimately the very thing that brought them together.

Research Updates
Relationship Between Mood Episode and Employment Status of Outpatients with Bipolar Disorder

Since bipolar disorder develops at a young age and follows a chronic course through alternating cycles of manic, hypomanic and depressive episodes, many patients are required to balance treatment and work. The objective of this study was to clarify the relationship between mood episode and employment in patients with bipolar disorder to help improve their employment status.

Long-term Injectables plus Counseling Improve Medication Adherence in Bipolar Disorder Patients

Poor medication adherence is widely prevalent in people with bipolar disorder and is often associated with negative outcomes. In this recent pilot trial study, researchers aimed to assess the effects of a customized adherence enhancement approach, utilizing counseling and long-acting injectable antipsychotic medication, on adherence, BD symptoms, and functional status, hoping to substantially improve outcomes for people with bipolar disorder.

Common factors within the gut associated with depression and bipolar disorder

New research has found that there is a common, overlapping environment in the gut bacteria of people living with mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. This study aimed to uncover whether psychiatric disorders present with distinct or shared gut microbial alterations, and found consistently lower levels of faecalibacterium and coprococcus, two types of bacteria that have an anti-inflammatory effect within the gut.

Pets relax regularly....
Do you?

Cats sleep an average of 12-16 hours a day, but humans should shoot for 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Remember to take time to rest, relax, and recover!
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