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Happy New Year and welcome to another issue of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund's e-newsletter!

You’re Invited: “Boy Interrupted” – the Prechter Fund’s 2012 Fundraiser & Educational Event

On Sunday, March 11, at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor, MI, the Prechter Fund will host a large fundraiser & educational event: Boy Interrupted” - a screening of a 2009 Sundance documentary followed by a panel discussion to raise public awareness of bipolar disorder and to benefit the Prechter Fund’s groundbreaking research into this debilitating illness.

The film tells the heartbreaking story of Evan Perry, a 15-year-old boy who ended his own life after a lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder.  It recounts Evan’s life and death in the words of his parents, filmmakers Hart and Dana Perry, and others who knew him. His suicide sent his parents looking for answers from experts, friends and family members, as well as from the reams of video they’d taken of Evan through the years. Illustrating how one family deals with loss and grief, this moving film confronts the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide among children.

The panel discussion will feature Dr. Melvin McInnis (Principal Investigator of the Prechter Fund) as the moderator. Panelists will be Dr. Cheryl King (from U-M’s Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program), Dana Perry (the filmmaker & Evan’s mother), and Catherine Starr (a graduate student who is part of the Prechter Fund’s flagship Longitudinal Study on Bipolar Disorder).

7 - 8:30 p.m.   Screening of “Boy Interrupted”
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.   Panel Discussion

All event info, including link to buy tickets, can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this worthwhile event, please contact kbergman@umich.edu, (734) 649-5268. Sponsors will be invited to a special VIP Reception with the filmmaker Dana Perry & remarks by University of Michigan faculty.

We’d appreciate your help in promoting this event – please let all your friends know. We also have a Facebook event page.

Saks Fifth Avenue to Partner with the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund

This February 2012, Saks Fifth Avenue will give 5% of all registered purchases made with a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card back to charity. The donations will benefit certain local organizations, keeping support within each Saks Fifth Avenue store’s immediate community.

The Prechter Fund is one of the local charities to which customers may wish to allocate their 5% contribution at the store in Troy, MI - part of the Somerset Collection – at 901 West Big Beaver Road.

You can read the full press release here.

Wally Prechter, our Founder, Honored as a 2011 Ambassador of the Year

In Detroit’s Ambassador magazine’s Nov./Dec. 2011 issue, the Heinz C. Prechter Fund’s founder Wally Prechter is profiled as a “2011 Ambassador of the Year.”

Read the whole article here.

New Web Content

We have added a lot of new content to our web pages about Living With Bipolar Disorder. A special thanks to BP and Esperanza magazines for letting us print their helpful articles

For suggestions for future e-newsletter topics, please email your ideas to kbergman@umich.edu.



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