BPD Awareness Week 2018 – KNOW BPD, NO STIGMA
To celebrate the start of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Awareness Week, we are launching the KNOW BPD, NO STIGMA campaign. Please find below a list of comprehensive resources and tools to help provide a gold standard of treatment for people diagnosed with BPD.
KNOW BPD, NO STIGMA branded printable posters:
Infographics that provide education and dispel the myths surrounding BPD: Download the infographics pack
Quotes and Lived Experience – The voices of our consumers, carers and clinicians: Download the Lived Experience pack
Self-care Strategies – some self-care ideas for those who are struggling: Download the self-care pack
The Service support – posters to show clients you support people with BPD: Download the service pack
Australian BPD Foundation
Mental Health Carers NSW Materials
Project Air Strategy NSW Materials
Fact sheets on BPD, information for families, parents, young people and schools
Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria Materials
The Australian BPD NSW Branch
Mental Health Carers NSW (‘MHCN’) auspicd the Australian BPD Foundation NSW Branch, which was established in 2016, until the beginning of 2019. Kate Lewis is now the secretariat of the NSW Branch and will be organising future meetings.
To become a member of the Australian BPD Foundation NSW Branch, you need to become a member of the Foundation. Individual membership of the Foundation is free and you will remain a member until you opt out. You can become a member by following this link to the Australian BPD website. If you are interested in joining the Australian BPD Foundation NSW Branch, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NSW Branch members consist of consumers, carers and professionals in the sector. The NSW Branch meetings bi-monthly however nearing Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week meetings are more regular in order to discuss and plan the organisation of the event we traditionally run during the week.
Sydney BPD Mental Health Professionals Network Meetings (MHPN)
In October 2017 the Sydney BPD MHPN was launched. The MHPN is an interdisciplinary and collaborative network made up of professionals, with 4 meetings held per year on a range of information about BPD relating to the professionals in the network. You can watch the videos on our Youtube account of all of the meetings:
The network coordinators were Laura Knight and Jonathan Harms from MHCN. From 2019, the network coordinators are now Kate Lewis, Ann Brita Nilsson, and Avishen Saurty.
Helpful BPD Resources & Organisations
Australian BPD Foundation: Encourages a positive culture around BPD and the availability and accessibility of appropriate services for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and those that care for them. Promotes a positive culture to support the recovery journey of people with BPD and their families/carers. The Foundation also supports clinicians, health care professionals, and researchers working in this field.
P: 03 8803 5588
A: Level 1, 37 Mollison St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder Australia: Provides global research and information to increase knowledge, awareness and recovery of Borderline Personality Disorder. Support and advocacy include education of professionals with global research and information, educating families and schools with evidence of specialist programmes, treatment details, addressing stigma, working with governments, hospitals and medical associations, and partnering with mental health entities to provide advocacy.
Project Air: Project Air is a Personality Disorders Strategy and aims to enhance treatment options for people with Personality Disorder and their families and carers. Services offered include training for professionals, complex case review, research, secondary consultation. This is not a treatment or referral service. The website has a list of health professionals using this strategy, as well as fact sheets and information for professionals, individuals, carers and families.
P: 02 42981571
A: Building 22, Room 20a, Northfields Avenue, University of Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
DBT Psychology Clinic: The DBT Psychology Clinic is a private outpatient clinic located in Potts Point, Sydney. We offer a 48-week comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment program. This involves weekly individual therapy, a weekly skills-training group and 24-hour phone coaching. To ensure the best outcomes for our clients, all therapists in our team meet weekly for consultation. This structure is compliant with DBT research.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a program developed for clients who feel out-of-control in managing their emotions, in particular, clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder/traits. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalisation, treatment dropout, substance use, anger and depression and improving social and global functioning. DBT is not a suicide prevention program, it is a program designed to help individuals build a life worth living.
P: 0410 542 567
A: 2/27 Challis Avenue, Potts Point, NSW, 2011
MHCN have also compiled a guide of useful organisations, treatment, and support group for those with BPD and other personality disorders. Click here to view the Personality Disorders Service Guide for NSW