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Big news Network faithful! The International Bipolar Foundation is once again holding their worldwide essay contest for high school and middle school students.

girl writingAbout 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.

Just as it's likely that you know someone affected by bipolar disorder, it's also likely that you've heard misinformation about this brain disorder. That inaccurate information can wind up stigmatizing those who have the disease.

One way to stamp out the stigma is by learning the facts and sharing them with others. To help middle school and high school students do that, the International Bipolar Foundation sponsors an annual contest that encourages students from around the world to write essays that educate others about bipolar disorder. 

Students write a 500 word essay on one of the following topics

Click here for more information including contest rules and forms. 

Submit your essay and registration form by May 1 to hzupin@ibpf.org 

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