International High School Essay Contest

SAN DIEGO, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - 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.

For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, contact Ashley:

The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Diego, California with globally accessible programs in over 140 countries. International Bipolar Foundation's mission is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education. Services support consumers, caregivers and professionals and are offered free of charge. IBPF's signature programs include a Webinar and Lecture Series, Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder book, an Outreach and Referral database and the Mental Health Awareness Patch for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

SOURCE: International Bipolar Foundation

For further information:

Ashley Jacobs, International Bipolar Foundation, 858-764-2496,

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