Increasing awareness and knowledge of Bipolar Disorder
World Bipolar Day, celebrated on March 30th each year, is an initiative of the International Bipolar Foundation, the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD) and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), with the goal to increase awareness and knowledge about Bipolar Disorder and improve sensitivity towards individuals suffering from the illness.
In this recording from March 30th, Mrs. Muffy Walker, Chairman of the International Bipolar Foundation, discusses the work that is being undertaken by her and others, through their grassroots organizations. This work offers people in more than 180 countries free, accessible services and programs.
Mrs. Walker graduated with a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in the mental health field for over 18 years until she moved to California when she obtained her MBA with a focus in marketing from the University of California-Irvine. After learning that her youngest son had Bipolar Disorder, Mrs. Walker joined other mental health boards and ultimately started IBPF. She has dedicated the last 18 years to championing the education of the public about mental illness and has won numerous awards for her advocacy work.
For more information on bipolar disorder, see Healthline's infographic 'Bipolar Disorder: the Basic Fact Sheet' in our Resources section.