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Rep. Kennedy endorses stigma-reducing initiative Brilliance in Bipolar

October 11, 2010
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Memphis, TN — Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a long-time advocate for people living with mental illness, and Marc Kullman, co-founder of the National Bipolar Foundation, joined efforts to help reduce the stigma associated with bipolar disorder. The Brilliance in Bipolar Initiative is a national and collaborative effort to draw attention to and develop a better understanding of bipolar disorder. This week, the National Bipolar Foundation received a congressional proclamation from Congressman Kennedy in which Kennedy approved and acknowledged several of the ground-breaking programs the NBF has been instrumental in starting.

The NBF has also received bipartisan support from former Louisiana Lt. Gov. and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Tennessee Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey; Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris; Memphis Mayor AC Wharton; and a broad representation from medical health care professionals, university hospitals, judges, and community activists.

Kullman is quoted as saying "leaders like Congressman Kennedy are hard to find. He exhibits the highest standard of moral character and courage to stand for a cause where others might choose to remain silent."

The NBF was established in 2007 by Marc Kullman and a group of dedicated business professionals in an effort to reduce stigma, educate, raise awareness and seek affordable healthcare for those people living with bipolar disorder and is the first the national group of its kind dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with bipolar disorder.

Kennedy's proclamation acknowledges the Safe 'til Stable program as an effective and vital method of preventive care, as well as a means to aid the mission of the NBF.

Marc Kullman says, "We are greatly honored and encouraged by the Kennedy endorsement of the NBF." As he says in the NBF's nationwide commercial, "we have a hope." The NBF can be reached at NationalBipolarFoundation.org.

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