The Peace Charlie Essay

The goal of the Peace Charlie Essay is to raise public awareness of how negative stereotypes affect the mentally ill. In doing this, we believe society might be more understanding and sensitive to the struggles of the mentally ill. If we can counter the misconceptions, then we believe those living with the disease will be able to stay focused on their life pursuits, keeping their bipolar disorder in check without also having to expend their time and energy shielding themselves from the insults of the misinformed.

To this end, each essay will allow the public to learn directly from the experts; individuals living with bipolar disorder. There will be a $1000 scholarship award granted each year and the winning essay will be posted on the Peace Charlie website.

Essay Requirements

In 500 words or less, essays must include the following:

  • Your description of bipolar disorder.
  • How you learned that you had bipolar.
  • How you felt about receiving a diagnosis of bipolar.
  • Who you have told about your diagnosis and why. How they responded to the news.
  • What response(s) you found helpful and what was not helpful.
  • What you wish your loved one(s) would have said or did when you told them about your diagnosis.
  • If applicable, an explanation of why you are hesitant to tell relatives or loved ones about your diagnosis.
  • What you most wish that people understood about mental illness and living with bipolar disorder.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be individuals with bipolar disorder enrolled or entering a United States college (community, undergraduate or postgraduate) and be under the care of a licensed mental health professional.

Submission Guidelines and Agreement

Application information for the 2015 essay will be posted on the peacecharlie Web site on June 1, 2015

The essay submission must be original, in good taste, legal, accurate and true, non-defamatory, non-threatening, non-confidential, non-infringing of copyrights owned by others and relevant for this site. Essays should also be non-commercial/non-promotional in nature and not contain commercial web addresses, e-mail addresses or phone numbers. reserves the right to reject or edit or delete any parts that violate the above, including the right to ban offenders from submitting again.

Your submission signifies agreement to the above and that you agree to grant an exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable, perpetual license to publicly display the submission on this website only. You also grant the right to pursue anyone who copies your submission.