News and events

Upcoming events

First Monday of every month 2018 – Canberra, ACT

BPD Awareness ACT holds monthly support group in the ACT on Mondays for loved ones of people with BPD. The support group is based on the principles of DBT to ensure the group is a safe, nonjudgmental and positive place in which to seek support and learning from others who share a similar journey. The aim of the group is to reduce isolation and discredit the stigma against those with BPD and their families. Click here for more details.

Until 10 September 2018

BPD Awareness is running an anti-stigma campaign this BPD Awareness Week to help decrease the stigma and discrimination people living with BPD often face. The campaign has been inspired by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters borderlineintheACT.org.au project: KNOW BPD, NO STIGMA and aims to educate and inform people about what BPD truly is and hopefully encourage compassion, empathy and increase the quality of treatment and understanding for people living with this disorder. 

To help make this campaign as engaging, please participate in one or more of the following short surveys. The survey will be open for 1 week as of 3 September or until reaches 100 entries, whichever is first.

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10-11 September 2018

The Australian BPD Foundation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Conference, to be held on 10-11 September 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane, Queensland.

The theme is Research Resources Respect: Connection Building and aims to highlight the many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and of everyone involved in improving treatment, care and support for people with BPD to help people to achieve a meaningful life. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

This conference marks the inaugural Queensland event and builds on a strong history of successful conferences held around Australia since 2011.

Sponsored by the Australian BPD Foundation, the conference plays a major role in promoting the message that with access to evidence-based treatment and support the prognosis for people with BPD is positive. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

For more information and to register, click here!

1-7 October 2018 – Australia

BPD Awareness Week: Know BPD. No Stigma.

The branding for this years BPD Awareness Week (1-7 Oct 2018) has now been finalised. We'd be interested in your feedback.Even though mental health advocates actively fight stigma associated with mental illness, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) remains one of the field’s most misunderstood, misdiagnosed and stigmatized conditions.BPD Awareness Week aims to address these issues through coordinated National BPD Awareness events in states across Australia as well as media presence and attention.This year the strategy will include a nation-wide graphics and informational communication campaign strategy to decrease stigma and discrimination towards people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), their carers, community and clinicians.This campaign, and it’s collateral will be codesigned and employ USERX design, making people living with BPD, their carers and support systems the voices of BPD Awareness Week.Thanks to Mahlie Jewell from Graphics for Good

Posted by BPD Awareness Week on Friday, 17 August 2018

1 November 2018

Personality Disorders Consumer and Carer Day theme this year will be “Recovery” where stories from people with lived experience and family and carers will be shared. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the latest research in the recovery field and will have the opportunity to voice their views on issues central to the treatment of personality disorders. For more information click here.

To submit an expression of interest to present at the Consumer and Carer Day – send a title and short description by 1 August to  info-projectair@uow.edu.au. Lived experience stories from consumers, carers, family members, and also any interesting projects, studies or services relevant to lived experience, co-designed services, peer support and person-centered care are all welcome.

When: Thursday 1 November 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4.00pm (AEST)
Where: University of Wollongong NSW Australia
Cost: $50

Register here. View flyer here.

Past events

1-7 October 2017 – Australia

BPD Awareness Week

4-20 October 2017 – Canberra, ACT

BPD Discussion Forum

Inaugural BPD Awareness Week Art Exhibition at the Belconnen Community Art Gallery

BPD Family Day – Aboriginal Traditional Weaving and BBQ – 7 Oct 2017

18 October 2017 – Perth, WA

The 7th National BPD Conference – “From Stigma, To Strength”

31 October 2017 – online

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria produced the first professional development webinar: “What is Borderline Personality Disorder“.

Where: See recording of past event here.
Cost: Free

21 February 2018 – online

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria produced the second professional development webinar: “Treatment principles for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder“.

Where: See recording of past event here.
Cost: Free

5 March 2018 – online

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administation is holding a webinar about Engaging and Supporting Families in Suicide Prevention: What Works and What Research is Showing. This webinar will focus on how organisations who are implementing suicide prevention programs can meaningfully engage and include families whose loved ones are in suicidal crisis or have attempted suicide in their work, and their crucial role in suicide prevention.

When: Monday 5 March 2018
Time: 6.00am to 7.30am
Where: Online. Register here.
Cost: Free

13 March 2018 – Canberra, ACT

Interpersonal Skills for mental health carers is a class organised by Carers ACT for mental health carers to learn effective communication skills during difficult times. This workshop is presented by an instructor with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy qualifications. Click here for more information and registration!

When: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: 
Carers ACT Holt
2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent
Holt, ACT 2615 Australia + Google Map
Cost: Free

10 April 2018 – online

Distress Tolerance Skills for mental health carers is a class organised by Carers ACT for mental health carers to manage their own emotions during times of high stress and crisis. This workshop is presented by an instructor with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy qualifications. Click here for more information and registration!

When: 10 April 10
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where:
Carers ACT Holt
2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent
Holt, ACT 2615 Australia + Google Map
Cost: Free

19 April 2018 – online

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria produced the third professional development webinar: “Evidence based treatments for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder“.

Where: See recording of past event here.
Cost: Free

26-27 May 2018 – Melbourne, VIC

NEA.BPDAust will conduct Family Connections Leaders Training in MELBOURNE for those interested in facilitating Family Connections Groups in their local area. To be eligible, trainers must be mental health professionals OR family/friend of a person with BPD. Click here for more information and registration details.

When: 26/27 May 2018
Time: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
Where:
Spectrum
1/110 Church Street
Richmond 3121 Australia + Google Map
Cost:
Carers: $100
Health Professionals: $150

4 June 2018 – online

The Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, in partnership with the  Mental Health Professionals’ Network produced the professional development webinar: “Personality disorders and substance use: Tips on effective treatment approaches“.

Where: See recording of past event here.
Cost: Free

23 July 2018 – online

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria produced the fourth professional development webinar: “Borderline personality disorder in youth and early intervention“.

Where: See recording of past event here.
Cost: Free