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International Bipolar Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), formerly known as California Bipolar Foundation, was founded in June 2007 in San Diego, California by four parents with children affected by bipolar disorder. Well aware of the trauma that bipolar disorder causes for consumers and their families, these parents felt compelled to do something constructive to help. The mission of IBPF 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.


4 Things I Learnt From 4000+ People who Overcame Depression and Bipolar

After recovering from his own horrendous episode of depression, Graeme Cowan strove to understand the fastest way to beat depression and bipolar. His quest lead him to interview hundreds of well-known and everyday people, including former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, TV talk show host Trisha Goddard, former UK PM Tony Blair’s chief adviser Alastair Campbell, former Google Executive Bob Boorstin, Seattle’s Lora Inman and many others, who courageously described their journey back from the brink. There were a number of common threads in these sustained recovery stories. These anecdotal insights lead to him asking 4000+ people who have learnt to beat or manage their depression and bipolar “what worked best?” – and the 4 things he learnt and will share in this seminar will surprise you. www.IamBackFromTheBrink.com

“Graeme is quite simply a thought leader. He has utilized the lessons gained during a personally horrific time to guide, teach, inspire, and coach millions of Australians.” – Nataly Bovopolous, Deputy CEO, Mental Health First Aid Australia
About Graeme Cowan

Graeme has worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated.

He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can all build resilience and mental wellbeing, to thrive through change.

His third book, BACK FROM THE BRINK: true stories & practical advice to help you overcome depression and bipolar disorder, has just been released, with a Foreword written by the actress Glenn Close, and a testimonial from former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Graeme writes for Psychology Today and authored the report “The Elephant in the Boardroom: getting mentally fit for work”.

Text Box: Who should attend: Professionals, healthcare providers, educators, students, consumers, caregivers and the general public. Location:
Janssen R&D, LLC
3210 Merryfield Row San Diego, CA 92121
Event and Parking are free

August 19, 2014:

Networking and refreshments: 5:30-6:00 PM
Lecture will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by Q&A.

R.S.V.P Required at bit.ly/1pWXeHb

Webinars & Seminars:
Can We Prevent Depression by Improving Diet?


Please join us for a Webinar on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:30 pm PDT.


The 20th century has seen major shifts in dietary intakes globally, with a marked increase in the consumption of sugars, snack foods, take-away foods and high-energy foods. At the same time, the consumption of nutrient-dense foods, such as high-nutrient vegetables and raw fruits, is diminishing. Chronic, lifestyle-driven diseases are now the largest contributor to early mortality across the globe. Although not classified as one of the noncommunicable diseases, depression now imposes the largest burden of illness in middle and high-income countries.

In 2010 A/Prof Jacka and her team published the first study to report the relationship between diet quality and clinical depressive and anxiety disorders, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Since then, in addition to publishing further studies of this topic in Norwegian and Australian adults, she has published the first studies to demonstrate relationships between diet quality and mental health in adolescents. Her newest research for the first time implicates both the diet of women during pregnancy, and childhood diet quality, in the risk for mental health problems in children. Given that 75% of psychiatric illnesses begin before age 25, these findings have significant implications for public health.

In this presentation A/Prof Felice Jacka will give an overview of the recent and compelling evidence from around the globe demonstrating the important role that diet plays in the common mental health problems, depression and anxiety, in children, adolescents and adults. This very new research is transforming the way these disorders are conceptualised. She will also discuss the potential for universal prevention strategies for depression and anxiety, as well as novel treatments strategies for mental disorders that incorporate dietary changes.

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:


Get info on upcoming webinars and seminars on our website!

All lectures are videotaped and available for viewing on our website

International Bipolar Foundation is proud to announce the release of our book:
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder
The book is geared to both the person with bipolar disorder and their caregivers. Fourteen chapters, each written by an expert in the field, are included in a 3-ring binder.

The Consumer Advisory Board for IBPF felt it was important for people to have an easily accessible “compendium” of information. The binder format allows users to add handouts from their mental health providers and update chapters without having to order a new book.

Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder is broken into 3-sections;

1. About Bipolar Disorder including chapters on children & adolescents, suicide, substance abuse, medication treatment, stigma and pregnancy
2. Healthy Living includes chapters on family life and relationships, nutrition, spirituality and faith, the workplace, college, social interactions and the caregiver
3. Resources including Medication Charts (English & Spanish), Medication Side Effect Checklist, Mood Chart, Exercise Journal, Food Log, Doctor Contact Sheet, Questions to Ask Your Doctor, and U.S. and International Mental Health Resources.

In addition to these information rich chapters, the book has country-specific chapters written by consumers and professionals from countries around the world. There are currently eight such chapters with more being added weekly.

This book is available free of charge to you! Go to our web site www.InternationalBipolarFoundation.org

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