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International Bipolar Foundation

A world of hope, resources and support.

aka IBPF   |   san diego, CA   |  www.ibpf.org

Mission

International Bipolar Foundation empowers individuals living with bipolar disorder and their caregivers by providing advocacy, education, support, and awareness - fostering a caring community and stigma-free world where mental health is equitably acknowledged and treated.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Debbie Brown

Main address

1050 Rosecrans Street, Suite M

san diego, CA 92106 USA

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Formerly known as

Muffy Walker

EIN

26-3889828

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

International Bipolar Foundation envisions a world that is free from societal stigma of mental illnesses including bipolar disorder. Through education about the symptoms of bipolar and promoting easier access to treatment options, we hope that suicide and misdiagnosis become much less common. Our organization was founded after four parents found the lack of resources for bipolar disorder alarming; they knew that needed to fight for change for the lives of those affected including the loved ones of those living with a diagnosis. International Bipolar Foundation hopes to connect people from around the world to medical professionals and institutions that can help them live a happier and healthier life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Webinar & Lecture Series

Our Webinar and Lecture Series features clinicians, researchers and people with lived experience presenting on topics such as emerging research trends, new types of therapy, self-help tools, and personal stories. Our presentations are directed at both patients, caregivers, and professionals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

An overview of everything a person should know about living with bipolar disorder, organized into one book. Chapters include: Children and Adolescents, College, Family Life and Relationships, Pregnancy, The Workplace, Travel, Aging, Nutrition, Substance Abuse, Medication, Natural Treatments, the Caregiver, and more.The book is designed for both patients, caregivers, and professionals looking for a general overview of the different aspects of living with bipolar disorder. 10 country specific chapters and 5 translations are available, many more are in progress.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Girls earn the patch by completing activities to learn about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Activities vary by age group and include making brain structures with clay or beads, learning mental illness facts and myths, observing how the media portrays mental health, reading about famous achievers who have a mental illness, and discovering local resources.Once earned, the patch is mailed for free.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our blog writers include professionals and people with lived experience sharing successful living tips and personal stories of hope. Our social media platforms provide daily messaging and wellness engagement, as well as links to our educational information hosted on our website.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our HUGS for Kids pilot program will benefit children and teens who are admitted to inpatient psychiatric units. Each kit will include our local Resource Guide that will provide critical resources for the affected youth and their families, as well as comfort items to ease the child's inpatient stay such as, a sweatshirt, slipper socks, note card for parents including a message of hope from IBPF, and plush animal friends for the very young. “These vulnerable patients are feeling hopeless, scared, lonely, unloved and/or unlovable. The IBPF comfort kits will wrap the children in comfort and show them that they are worth it, and that their recovery is real and valued”, says Dr. Carpenter of Sharp Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital. Research shows that patients and families who have connection and support have better outcomes when it comes to healing, recovery and continued wellness. In addition, historically, pediatric psychiatric patients have not received the same community support that children hospitalized for other reasons have and IBPF aims to change this.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM: This program consists of the screening of the Lift the Mask film with a panel discussion following. This program has had an important impact on hospitals, both general and psychiatric, as well as college campuses and adult and young adult groups throughout the nation as it shares the daily lives and perspectives from those living with mental illness as well as caregivers. This film allows better understanding which normalizes conversations around mental health, encouraging people to get help when needed, and ultimately hoping to reduce the alarming number of suicides in our world.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Webinar & Lecture Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Webinars, lectures, and panel discussions allow us to engage and educate live or via the web with our local and online communities.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder Book

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder book is written for both people living with bipolar disorder and their families and caregivers and is shipped free of charge globally.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health

Related Program

Blog articles and social media support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We engage with our community on a daily basis providing support, education and resources through our social media accounts, online programs, and website.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For 10 years, the goal of International Bipolar Foundation has been to connect people afflicted with bipolar disorder and mental health issues with critical, life-saving information about treatment options, care giving, and healthy living at zero cost. We believe that access to educational health improvement information should be free and accessible which is why we print our book, Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, in 6 languages and send it anywhere in the world at no charge. Our resource guides include contributions by experts in the field of mental health and those with lived experience.
These resources help in need individuals find physicians, support groups, and caregivers convenient to them. It is our hope that people of all ages who may suffer or knows someone who suffer from bipolar disorder or a mental illness will find life-changing support through our programs and published educational mental health resources.

International Bipolar Foundation's strategies for fulfilling its goal of creating a better world for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their caregivers are educating people of all ages about what bipolar is and how to treat the symptoms, providing resources to those in need on helpful ways to reach medical professionals, and providing a platform for people with lived experience to share their stories of hope. Our social media accounts connect individuals from all over the world with video lectures from medical experts who share their research and give advice to people in common terminology. Our blog gives writers with lived experience the opportunity to share their stories and inspire people to be open about their journey with mental illness. Through our resources, people from all over the world who may face persecution for their mental illnesses, have found hope and healing from the critical information we provide to them at zero cost.

We currently have over 250,000 social media followers who engage with the content we produce everyday. We are able to discuss with them what services they need and enjoy to see from our organization and how we can better assist them in their daily lives. Our website serves as the platform for our programs which stores all of our webinar lectures, our blog, and our calendar of events to keep people in the loop and involved. Our staff devotes their time to providing people in need with the necessary information for them to prosper with a bipolar diagnosis. Our programs are our top priority because they educate those who may not understand what life is like for those living with a diagnosis and may give the tools to help someone in need. We have access to thousands of resources from around the world that can help people in almost any geographic location find some kind of treatment.

International Bipolar Foundation has reached millions of people worldwide through the dissemination of our healthy living resources and our social media presence. We have sent our book to tens of thousands of people who then share it with many other people around the world. Thousands of young scouts have earned our Mental Health Awareness Patch by learning about bipolar disorder and how it can affect their loved ones. Our anti-stigma campaign connects with millions of people from many countries and helps inspire dialogue among young and old people alike which in turn, combats stigma. We are hoping to grow each one of our programs to the many places where mental illness can mean imprisonment and death. By growing the foundation of people that we interact with on a daily basis, we can spread our messages to those in need who may not have a voice against those who stigmatize and belittle them. We hope to inspire the world to do better and show more compassion towards those with bipolar disorder.

Financials

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International Bipolar Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Mike Griffiths

Susan Berger

Community Volunteer

Dr. Dee Ann Wong

Private Practice - Psychiatry

Pilar Cardenas-Gimber

LMFT

Jay de Groot

Morrison & Foerster

Mike Griffiths

Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc.

Liza Long

Professor

Brooke Rowland

Social Worker

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