Thursday, 28 January 2016

2016 International Bipolar Foundation Essay Contest for High School Students.

About 60 million people worldwide have a brain disorder known as bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness. Chances are someone you know has this mental illness or cares for someone who does. Learning about bipolar disorder can help you understand the impact this disease has on those affected by it so you can respond to them with care and sensitivity.


Are people who live with bipolar disorder stigmatized in your community?

Community can be defined as country, city, neighbourhood, school, etc… Includeyour definition of community in your essay.

These are some examples of how you can address this topic:
What do you think causes stigma, and what are the best ways to fight it? Give some examples from your community.
Is stigma for bipolar disorder different than other mental illnesses?
Describe your personal experience with stigma.

Recommended: Read our Fact Sheet to learn more about stigma as helpful background information for your essay.


The International Bipolar Foundation


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250


April 1, 2016

Open to all high school students (or international equivalent)
Entries must be original work
Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges
Essays will become property of International Bipolar Foundation and will not be returned
Contestant agrees to allow International Bipolar Foundation to publicize essay
Deadline – April 1
Winners Announced – May 1
Must be written in English
Times New Roman, 12 point font
Double spaced
500-1000 words
Submit as a Word Document if possible
Submit using this form


For questions contact Heather Zupin at
Phone: 858-764-2396
Fax: 858-764-2491
Mailing Address: 8895 Towne Centre Drive Suite 105-260, San Diego, CA 92103 USA

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