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Are people who live with bipolar disorder stigmatised in your community?


This is the question the International Bipolar Foundation is asking high school students around the world to think about.

Each year they run an essay competition to stimulate empathy and understanding towards those living with bipolar – and they award the 3 best pieces with a cash prize.

About 60 million people worldwide live with bipolar disorder. 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 illness has on those affected by it so you can respond to them with care and sensitivity. 

13 – 19 year olds from across the globe are invited to join others in writing an essay about stigma in their communities. Community can be defined as anything from your country or city to your neighbourhood or school.

To enter, write a 500-1000 word essay on the question above and submit it by March 30 here.

8 finalists will be chosen and the top 3 will win a cash prize.

For more information on the competition visit or email Heather Zupin on