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Help Children and Teens With Bipolar Disorder With Pepsi Refresh Everything Campaign


I am posting this as a favor to Robyn, at Robyn’s Online World. She recently put a call for help out to other bloggers to raise awareness of bipolar disorder and to let everyone know that there are things they can do to help the many children and teens who suffer from this condition. Robyn is the mother of a teen who is bipolar, and has lived day to day with the struggles associated with caring for a loved one with bipolar. I will actually also be posting a separate post that is much more in depth about this mental condition, so people are aware of the signs and symptoms. It is a complex and often misdiagnosed condition that can be debilitating, and it is a condition that needs a lot more understanding and empathy from those whose lives are touched by a friend or family member with the condition. Here is what Robyn wanted posted. Please read it over, and do what you can to help. Also, feel free to read my post on Bipolar signs and symptoms and familiarize yourself with the disorder and learn more about how you can support a loved one who is suffering.

Right now CABF is in the running for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything campaign. They have to come in 1st or 2nd in order to get the grant money (as of today they have slipped to 3rd). So, I am asking ALL MY BLOGGING BUDDIES – Please, please, please take a moment to post on your blog about CABF and how to vote for your readers and share on Facebook and share on Twitter and just share any way you can so they can get some more votes and win! Below is a sample post you can use – take any or all of it – whatever works for you and your blog.

There are over 5 million U.S. youth who live with depression or bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, a very small percentage receive treatment. The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) is hoping to win a $250,000 grant from The Pepsi Refresh Project during December to raise public awareness and help more youth and their families who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder.

Youth depression and bipolar is seldom discussed. It affects 7% of all children in the U.S., yet only a small fraction receive treatment. We plan to launch an outreach campaign to inform parents about the symptoms of mood disorders and how to find help. The outreach will be accomplished via:

-Detailed Communication Plan

-Online ads

-Bi-weekly webinars

-Weekly podcasts

-Daily social networking

-150,000 brochures & 3 mailings to psychiatrists

Experienced CABF staff members will coordinate the webinars, podcasts and volunteer training.  Our trained volunteer corps of 100+ around the US are ready to assist new families and youth who reach out to us in crisis. CABF has the capacity to refresh the lives of so many more youth!

DAILY VOTING METHODS
The Pepsi Refresh voting allows you to vote daily in EACH of these ways for CABF, plus you can vote for 9 other organizations each day also to spread the love!

BONUS FOR YOU – WIN AN iPAD
That’s right, CABF is going to give away THREE iPADs if they win! You just have to sign up for their daily email reminders about voting in order to be entered. Super simple!

Thank you all so much for your continued support and votes for this cause. It is very near and dear to my heart! xoxoxo

Do you have a cause that is also participating in this program trying to get a grant? Please share in the comments so we can vote for them as well!

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December 23, 2010 - Posted by | My Story

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