International Bipolar Foundation Acquires National Bipolar Foundation

    International Bipolar Foundation Acquires National Bipolar Foundation

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO and DEL MAR, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012

SAN DIEGO and DEL MAR, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is pleased to announce the acquisition
of the National Bipolar Foundation (NBF). NBF was founded by F. Marc Kullman
in 2005. After being diagnosed in 1997 with Bipolar Disorder, he was
determined to become a spokesperson for the disease, with hopes of eradicating
the stigma associated with the illness. Soon to follow was his notoriety for
his "Just Today" painting, which depicts Bipolar Disorder. This painting
served as the symbol for the National Bipolar Foundation. Kullman also
introduced the Safe 'til Stable Program with the MedicAlert ID bracelet . The
ID bracelet helps physicians and first responders in medical emergencies,
including law enforcement, to recognize the needs of individuals living with
mental illness and treat them appropriately.

Kullman first learned about the work that International Bipolar Foundation was
doing in 2010 when he saw that their missions were alike. "I thought the work
they were doing was great for all bipolar people and their families, and I
decided to join efforts," said Kullman. Shortly after, he approached IBPF
President Muffy Walker to discuss joining forces.

Founded by four parents with children affected with bipolar disorder,
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization. Walker saw
the opportunity for synergy and agreed to work together towards the common
objective of improving the lives of those affected with and by bipolar

Kullman has accepted a position as a director on the IBPF board and will serve
on the Program Committee. "We are thrilled to have Marc join our board. He
brings with him a rich cache of skills as well as a passionate raison d'etre,
which will help us all further our mission to eliminate bipolar disorder
through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support
services; and to erase associated stigma through public education," said

For more information about IBPF, please visit

Ashley Jacobs
International Bipolar Foundation
8895 Towne Centre Drive; Suite 105-360
San Diego, CA 92122
p: 858-764-2496

SOURCE International Bipolar Foundation

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