Observed internationally on March 30th, World Bipolar Day promotes awareness and with a goal to eliminate the social stigma commonly attached to the disorder.
World Bipolar Day is the global observance of how bipolar disorder affects the lives of many and serves as a tribute to those dedicated to alleviating the challenges that come with the condition. The purpose of the day is to generate global awareness of bipolar disorder as well as eliminate the social stigma that comes with it.
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that creates unusual shifts in mood, energy and a person’s activity levels. Often individuals with the condition will struggle in carrying out everyday tasks.
It is estimated that between 1 and 2% of the entire global population have bipolar disorder, yet the impact reaches far beyond the numbers.
The numbers gave way to multiple foundations joining forces to tackle ongoing challenges. As collaboration increases and the public is encouraged to participate in the efforts, hope is just around the corner.
What’s remarkable about this observance is the dialogue being created between researchers and advocacy groups to continue developing solutions to living with the condition. World Bipolar Day is an opportunity to show those living with the day-to-day challenges of this condition that they are not alone, they have your support, and there is always hope.
World Bipolar Day takes place on March 30th because it is the same birthday as Vincent Van Gogh, who after his death was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. The day was sparked by the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).