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International high school essay contest launched

Part of the International Bipolar Foundation’s (IBPF) mission is to erase stigma associated with mental illness through public education. To that end, the Foundation has launched a global essay contest open to all high school students internationally.

“Our hope,” says Muffy Walker, president and 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 topic of the essay is “Changing the Future of Stigma; Bipolar Disorder in 2020.” First and second place winners will be judged by a panel of authors who currently write about bipolar disorder and mental illness, and the winner will be announced in May to celebrate May as Mental Health Month.

In addition, the winner will receive $500 and second place earns $100. Both winners will have the opportunity to read their essay via Skype at the Foundation’s Public Forum with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on May 22.

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For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, contact Ashley Reitzin: areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org. For more information about the foundation, go to

www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org

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