Bipolar Disorder Awareness Project
Organized by: Nina Allen
“Though most everyone at some point in their lives will be touched by mental illness, this is a fact that is seldom acknowledged or addressed. Mental illness can be an uncomfortable topic, but it shouldn’t be. Keeping conversations about it behind closed doors is doing much more harm than good.” – Lindner Center of Hope
I have Bipolar Disorder. Because of this disorder I have often felt misunderstood and alone. I wanted to help those with the disorder feel less alone so I created a group on Facebook ( Bipolar Disorder Awareness Project ). This group is a movement dedicated to creating awareness about Bipolar Disorder. BDAP is also support for people with Bipolar Disorder, friends, and families of people with the disorder. Bipolar Disorder Awareness Project’s goal is to help people with Bipolar Disorder, educate everyone about this disorder, and end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses such as Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Disorder Awareness Project aims to donate to research for Bipolar Disorder via fundraisers, such as this one, for Lindner Center Of Hope. The following information was gathered from Lindner Center of Hope’s website:
“Mental illness ranks among the leading causes of disability in the world. Mental illness is not just our country’s #1 public health problem. The Global Burden of Disease project, conducted by the World Health Organization and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that 5 of the top 10 causes of disability worldwide were due to a psychiatric disorder. These disability rates were due principally to lack of access to effective treatment, and were projected to remain high well into this century because of inaccessibility of treatment. Lindner Center of HOPE makes a difference in the lives of individuals coping with mental illness. Lindner Center of HOPE, in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, conducts advanced research in genetics, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and health service delivery. This research provides new methods to better prevent, diagnose and treat common mental illnesses like schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, eating and weight disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and cognitive and memory problems in adolescents, adults and senior individuals. Research studies at the Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE are currently being conducted for Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression and Eating Disorders. The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE conducts research regarding the biological causes and treatments for mood and eating disorders. Currently Dr. Susan McElroy is recruiting people for studies on bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression), major depression, eating disorders (binge eating disorder), and smoking cessation.”
Please donate today and help fund research for Bipolar Disorder, help BDAP to help others, and help to end the stigma of mental illness.