World Bipolar Day (WBD) - an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) - will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.
The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness.
Each of the organizations is encouraging their members, chapters, and affiliates to orchestrate local events surrounding WBD.
International Bipolar Foundation’s CALL TO ACTION:
We are asking people with a lived experience, caregivers and the general public to submit a photo to us
- Hold a sign, write text over your photo, or email the text for us to add, that says:
- Lived Experience: “I am (something other than your illness) ” with your name (optional), and country
- Caregivers: “I love/care for someone with bipolar disorder” with your name (optional), and country
- General Public: “I support those who have bipolar disorder” with your name (optional), and country
- Include a signed Media Release Form (permission to post your photo online) when you submit your photo, click here to download the form
All images must be submitted no later than March 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org with your signed Media Release Form.
Images will be displayed all day on March 30th via Facebook, Twitter and additional IBPF social media pages.