BUFFALO, N.Y., March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With its premier issue 15 years ago, bp Magazine pioneered as a source of accessible information and inspiration for individuals living with bipolar disorder and the people who love them.
Online, bphope.com extends the mission to challenge ignorance and silence, reinforce the message that this is a treatable illness, and give those who are affected by it a network of support.
Why It Matters
Fear and shame are major issues for the estimated 12.6 million Americans living with this brain-based disorder.
Reluctance to seek help contributes to a dangerous gap of up to eight years before getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, according to the US National Institutes of Health.
One in five individuals with bipolar disorder dies by suicide in the absence of effective treatment. Rates of attempted suicide are also far higher than average.
Unmanaged mood symptoms can have a toxic effect on families, relationships, finances, and job security. Early treatment and education prevent that kind of devastation.
#bipolarSTRONG Pass It On!
For World Bipolar Day on March 30, 2020, bphope.com is sharing powerful messages and stories of strength, courage, and resiliency, with the hashtag #bipolarSTRONG, across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. bphope.com is asking everyone to join in, creating a collective voice to promote understanding and acceptance of the challenges and incredible successes of those living with bipolar.
"World Bipolar Day is the perfect opportunity to help improve sensitivity and spread hope by showing that individuals with bipolar disorder can—and do—lead fulfilling lives," says Joanne Doan, founder and publisher of bp Magazine.
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15 Years of Empowerment
bp Magazine delivers the powerful message, "you are not alone," through first-person success stories (including celebrity profiles), columns by people with lived experience, and in-depth features on managing symptoms and building healthy lifestyles.
The 15th-anniversary issue, out now, features:
- NBC golf commentator David Feherty speaking candidly about his bipolar depression and former substance use.
- Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy, Supergirl) reflecting on her bipolar journey and why she's coming forward as part of the "Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health" campaign.
- Sean Astin (Rudy, The Lord of the Rings), son of mental health advocate and Academy Award winner Patty Duke, discussing how their family became "experts in forgiveness" while dealing with his famous mom's mood swings.
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About bp Magazine and bphope.com
bp Magazine (bphope.com) is an American consumer mental health print magazine and website published by Green Apple Courage Inc. It serves the bipolar community—through healthy lifestyle articles, blogs, and e-newsletters. Its sister publication, esperanza (hopetocope.com), also an American English magazine, provides hope to people living with depression and anxiety.
Contact: Joanne Doan [email protected] 716.614.4673
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