The International Bipolar Foundation has opened the submission portal for the 2014 annual global essay contest to erase stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation's mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students.
- "Our hope", says Walker, Chairman and Co-founder of International Bipolar Foundation, "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 First Place Winner will receive $500 and the Second Place Winner will receive $100.
Students may choose one of the following topics:
- How is mental health perceived and addressed in your community, both culturally and socially?
- How can you support a friend or loved one who may be dealing with Bipolar Disorder?
- How does media impact the stigma of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses?
Entries will be judged by a panel of authors who write about bipolar disorder and mental illness. The winner will be announced in May, which is Mental Health month. High school students throughout the world are invited to participate.
For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, click here!