Erasing the Stigma
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, early-onset Bipolar Disorder affects up to three percent of adolescents. That represents approximately one million teenagers in the United States and does not even take into account younger children.
Some families have chosen to establish their own organizations to help spread awareness and understanding in honor of a child they lost to Bipolar Disorder. Todd and Michelle Brown recently launched an interactive website at BipolarAware.org in honor of their daughter Carol Anne who suffered from Bipolar Disorder and who passed away at the age of 19. It is efforts like the Brown’s that make great progress in erasing the stigma of Bipolar Disorder.
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation was invited to participate in the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up For Kids month-long awareness and education program to protect and promote children's mental health held in May 2013. The Foundation's Early-Onset Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon and panel discussion became one of the key events to focus on Bipolar Disorder. To read more and to listen to a podcast of the presentations and discussion by some of the preeminent experts in the field, click here.