International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) recently announced the acquisition of the National Bipolar Foundation (NBF). NBF was founded by F. Marc Kullman in 2005. After being diagnosed in 1997 with Bipolar Disorder, he was determined to become a spokesperson for the disease, with hopes of eradicating the stigma associated with the illness. Soon to follow was his notoriety for his “Just Today” painting, which depicts Bipolar Disorder. This painting served as the symbol for the National Bipolar Foundation. Kullman also introduced the Safe ‘til Stable Program with the MedicAlert ID bracelet . The ID bracelet helps physicians and first responders in medical emergencies, including law enforcement, to recognize the needs of individuals living with mental illness and treat them appropriately.
Kullman first learned about the work that International Bipolar Foundation was doing in 2010 when he saw that their missions were alike.
“I thought the work they were doing was great for all bipolar people and their families, and I decided to join efforts,” said Kullman. Shortly after, he approached IBPF President Muffy Walker to discuss joining forces.
Founded by four parents with children affected with bipolar disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Walker saw the opportunity for synergy and agreed to work together towards the common objective of improving the lives of those affected with and by bipolar disorder.
Kullman has accepted a position as a director on the IBPF board and will serve on the Program Committee.
“We are thrilled to have Marc join our board. He brings with him a rich cache of skills as well as a passionate raison d’être, which will help us all further our mission to eliminate bipolar disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education,” Walker said.
For more information about IBPF, please visit www.InternationalBipolarFoundation.org