For anyone in the ACT or surrounds interested in joining BPD Awareness ACT’s “Loved Ones of those with BPD Support Group”, there is a meeting on the first Monday of each month.
This is a support group for anyone who loves and/or cares for a family member of friend who has been diagnosed with BPD or who has BPD traits. It is a safe place to talk about the impact of this illness on our lives, to learn coping skills from others on a similar journey, as well as professionals, and to learn about the illness and its treatment.
Message your email address and/or questions to bpdawarenessACT@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the Zoom meeting list and for more information.
Host: BPD Awareness ACT
Dates: 7 September, 12 October, 2 November and 7 December 2020
The Personality disorders consumer, family and carer day is a day is for people with lived experience and their families and carers to connect, share stories and find hope.
This year has thrown many challenges at us with many feeling and being isolated. The theme of this year is therefore ‘A chance to connect’.
The Consumer, Family and Carer day will be held on November 5 as an online event with prerecorded talks. There will be a combination of presentations delivered online but the purpose of the day is to be interactive so will feature discussion forums. Also, there will be the opportunity to hear about the latest relevant updates including co-produced research and progress in peer work.
If you would like to be part of the day and share your experience and story, please contact with your idea or proposal via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 14th International Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference will be held at the University of Wollongong with abstract submissions now open and deadline is on 1 May 2020. The conference theme will be “Early Intervention”.
Conference: Friday, 6 November 2020
Workshop: Saturday, 7 November 2020
SEE presentations from previous conferences.
For more information, click here.
Hear from Lived Experience Advocates around Australia about the tools, skills and strategies they have used to maintain wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
This presentation will review the major evidence based psychotherapies for BPD, distil their common factors and present the generalist Good Psychiatric Management approach as one way to meet the broader needs of the high prevalence of patients with BPD seeking care. Read more.
All pets are invited to a zoom session to meet other pets who assist wellness and to talk about all the great things they do to keep their humans happy and healthy. Share your expert advice, tips and tricks for supporting your humans through their tough days. Read more.
Family Fun Day Picnic at Lake Ginninderra, going ahead whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Please ensure you BYO your own picnic lunch, blankets, chairs. Read more.
This webinar will provide an overview of using sensory modulation with people with borderline personality disorder and tailoring it to the person to ensure the strategies are safe, appropriate, individualised and meaningful.
The presenters will highlight a number of key sensory modulation strategies they have found most useful and suggest additional resources and tools to assist with future implementation of sensory modulation into clinical practice. Read more.
Latest research in BPD – a panel discussion. Six researchers from diverse areas will discuss the recent research. Read more.
This webinar will explore the latest research and provide an overview of best practice in early intervention, and allow young people and family support workers, to share their perspectives on what’s required to better support people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Read more.
The session will provide GPs with an opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues regarding both practice and knowledge in relation to working with people with BPD and to participate in facilitated and informative consideration of the questions raised. Read more.
Two-day clinical skills training workshop for working with people with self-harm, suicidal ideation, and complex mental health problems including personality disorder.
When:Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February 2020
Where: SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney
Suitable for:Mental health workers, community counsellors, health professionals
Organiser: Project Air Strategy
More info: Flyer
It’s with much excitement that the ACT Recovery College would like to announce Term 1 Courses for 2020 are now open for enrolment…
Next year there will be some courses returning to the program with some invigorating changes off the back of the feedback of past students. Some of these are brand new courses that are sure to assist you on your recovery journey.
For more information click here.
To enrol in a free course, click here.
9th National BPD Conference: Best Practice Deserved will be held in Melbourne. The presentations will feature many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and clinicians. 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.
ACT Recovery College will be running short courses for consumers, carers, students, professionals and the general public to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. The college is open and FREE to all Canberrans over 18 years and provide a non-judgmental space for people to learn tips and strategies for developing confidence, control and effective wellbeing and illness self-management tools. All courses are co-produced by people with lived and professionals experience, or hosted in partnership with affiliate organisations. Check here to find and enroll in a course of your interest.
BPD Awareness ACT is running support groups for loved ones and carers for those with BPD. This group is suited to families and friends. Meetings will be a safe place where supported are welcomed and receive support to cope with the serious illness which causes trauma for both those with the diagnosis of BPD and their loved ones. The meetings are held to discuss the impact of BPD, learn coping skills from others who share a similar journey, as well as from professionals, and to learn about the illness and its treatment. Meetings are held first Monday of the month (unless public holiday).
BPD Awareness ACT is currently accepting intake appointments for people who are interested in attending Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Groups in 2019. Intake appointments are between 3-18 January 2019 between 10 and 6pm. The appointment will be about one hour and free of charge. To make a booking for an intake appointment, call, SMS or email Natalie.
The DBT skills program is most suitable for those who experience problems with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, anger, recurrent depression, anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity and stress. In this program, you will learn how to be mindful and tolerate distress, regulate your emotions and improve interpersonal effectiveness. You will learn specific techniques to manage behaviours, interact with others and learn how to tolerate painful emotions. BPD Awareness ACT aims to make DBT skills groups affordable for all who need to learn DBT skills to create a life worth living. Please call to discuss individual costs. Also available for those who are Plan-Managed and Self-Managed under the NDIS.
- Duration: 2.5 hours each session in 10 week program
- Dates: 4 February – 12 April, 29 April – 5 July, 22 July – 27 September, 14 October – 16 December 2019 (follows ACT school terms)
Time/Day/Location: To be confirmed.
- Eligibility: 18 years and older
Cost: Upon discussion.
A community forum organised by BPD Awareness ACT for consumers, families, partners, carers and health professionals on understanding complex mental health issues including BPD will be facilitated by Professor Brin Grenyer from Project Air Strategy. For more information, click here.
Time: 5.30 pm -7.30pm
Venue: Meeting Room, Level
The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City
Cost: Free (registration essential)
Registration: email email@example.com or phone Natalie Malcolmson, BPD Awareness ACT at 041511894
Time: 7 – 9pm
Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019
BPD family fun day for those living with BPD and their families to celebrate BPD Awareness Week.
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Western Foreshore Park, Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen, ACT
Check out BPD Awareness Week 1-7 October 2019 for more events around Australia.
Call for expressions of interest to submit artworks in Pigment of the Imagination, a community exhibition in celebration of Mental Health Month.
Belconnen Community Gallery and Wellways Australia are holding an open community exhibition for Mental Health Month to celebrate and showcase works by people in the disability and mental health sector, who use art as a way of expressing their creativity and connecting to others in the community.
This exhibition is open for People with Disabilities, Mental Health Consumers and support persons of any of the above. Any medium is welcome! Submit up to two pieces per person/group, depending on size of works.
Pigment of the Imagination celebrates and brings together artists from Belconnen Community Service and Wellways programs along with the wider community to celebrate their creative talents.
You can download the Expression of Interest form from https://www.bcsact.com.au/submit-to-pigment-of-the-imagination-exhibition/ or contact Amelia at LinCact@wellways.org for further information.
Submissions close: September 20 2019
Exhibition Dates: October 1 – 18 2019
Exhibition Opening Celebration: 5:30 – 7:30pm Wed October 2 2019, opened by Shane Rattenbury MLA Minister for Mental Health
The Productivity Commission is undertaking an inquiry into mental health in Australia, and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia want to put your lived experience front and centre in the input they give into this process. By including your voice, the Consumers Health Forum (the peak body for Australia’s health consumers) and National Rural Health Alliance (the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia) want to help ensure that your experiences and ideas have an impact on the direction of mental health care in Australia, and how other sectors of the economy can support better mental health outcomes.
CHF is administering this survey, and the results will be shared with the National Rural Health Alliance, with your consent. You can change that consent at the bottom of this page.
For your responses to be considered as part of the CHF submission to the issues paper, you need to submit it by Tuesday, 12 March 2019, however this survey will remain open beyond that as there are more opportunities to give input to the Productivity Commission over 2019.
Supporting a family member or friend that has experienced adversity in their lives can be challenging at times. As carers, family and friends we often push through it and don’t tend to think about how this impacts on our own mental health. At times supporting others can come up in the form of Compassion Fatigue. You may have never heard this term before or you may be well versed in what it means to experience this. Either way, it is going to be an informative and helpful session to learn more about compassion fatigue, signs to look out for and how you can manage them with special guest @Rockpool – Clinician and SANE Moderator
Date: 26 February 2019
Location: Online forum
Topic: Carers: Exploring compassion fatigue
Is our social media use having a positive or negative impact on our overall wellbeing? How can we balance our perception of instagram posts, facebook statuses and filtered snapchats with realistic expectations of our own lives?
Social Media is not necessarily a negative, or a positive – the benefits of social media of course lie in the way we engage with each platform. Join SANE Australia on the 19th of Feb featuring special guest Holly, a youth peer ambassador and online mental health advocate, as we explore the peaks and troughs of social media, including strategies on maintaining healthy mental wellbeing whilst engaging online.
Date: 19 February 2019
Location: Access the past Online forum here.
Topic: Lived Experience: Symptoms of social media – Looking after our mental health online
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.
BPD Awareness ACT is excited to secure a venue to run Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Group program for those who experience problems with self-harm. extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, anger, recurrent depression, anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity and stress. In this program, you will learn how to be mindful and tolerate distress, regulate your emotions and improve interpersonal effectiveness. You will learn specific techniques to manage behaviours, interact with others and learn how to tolerate painful emotions. BPD Awareness ACT aims to make DBT skills groups affordable for all who need to learn DBT skills to create a life worth living. Please call to discuss individual costs. Also available for those who are Plan Managed and Self Managed under the NDIS.
- When: Thursdays 18 October 2018 – 20 December 2018
Time: afternoon group: 2:30pm – 5.00pm OR evening group: 5.30pm – 8.00pm (AEST)
Where: North Belconnen Uniting Church Community Centre, 30 Conley Drive, Melba, ACT 2615
Cost: Upon discussion.
- For more information click here, phone Natalie on 0415 111 894, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to join this round there will be another 10-week program in early February 2019. If you would like to be on the email list and get notified of the details closer to February please send an email with your details to: email@example.com.
The Australian BPD Foundation is collaborating with SANE Australia to host a Topic Tuesday online forum targeted at carers of those with BPD “Creating and maintaining social connections “. The session will be facilitated by a Community Manager or Moderator who will put out questions for you to answer, usually asking for your own experience on the topic. No answers are right or wrong and everyone is welcome to get involved.
- When: Tuesday 20 November 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9.00pm (AEST)
- To see past forum comments, click here.
Support the Australian BPD Foundation to “Increase Medicare-funded visits for BPD and other complex mental health conditions”. The most effective and lasting treatment for BPD is at least one year of regular visits with a qualified mental health professional but the Medicare-funded Better Access to Mental Health Professionals initiative can only fund up to 10 visits each year. This clearly falls short of the long-term treatment needed for a complex disorder like BPD. Sign this petition to Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health, to help increase the number of funded visits covered by the Medicare-funded Better Access for treating BPD and other complex mental health conditions from 10 to 40. Sign here.
7 & 21 November 2018 – Canberra, ACT
BPD Awareness ACT invites community service providers working with clients with BPD and other complex mental illnesses to BPD and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills training workshop.
The workshop will be facilitated by Natalie Malcolmson from BPD Awareness ACT. She cares for her partner who has BPD and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offering her skills to training those with, caring for, or working with BPD and other mental illnesses. Natalie is committed to increasing the capacity and resilience of those living with BPD, carers and working with BPD, and volunteers to help carers of people with BPD by running a monthly support group and facilitating the twelve-week Family Connections program. She was also recently awarded the 2018 ACT Mental Health Carer of the Year for her ongoing contributions to the BPD community in the ACT.
For more information about the workshop and to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact number, email address, organisation you work for and your role.
Expression in Photoart Workshop
An invitation for women int he ACT and surrounding areas with mental health condition or chronic disease to express themselves through photoart.
Art is a creative and expressive medium. Art can explore ideas and feelings that are hidden or difficult to see. Art can say things that cannot be said with words. For these reasons art can be a way to explore difficult experiences such as the impacts of mental or chronic physical illness and pain on daily living. During this workshop women will learn how to use digital art photography to convey the ideas of self and impacts of illness.
This free one-day workshop, run by Margaret Kalms (http://endowomanart.com/).
- When: Tuesday 20 November 2018
Time: 10.30am – 6.00pm (AEST)
Where: Women’s Centre for Health Matters, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Pearce, ACT, 2607
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.
- When: Thursday 1 November 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4.00pm (AEST)
Where: University of Wollongong NSW Australia
The Australian BPD Foundation is collaborating with SANE Australia to host a Topic Tuesday online forum targeted at carers of those with BPD “Supporting your partner experiencing BPD“. The session will be facilitated by a Community Manager or Moderator who will put out questions for you to answer, usually asking for your own experience on the topic. No answers are right or wrong and everyone is welcome to get involved.
- To see past forum discussion click here.
- When: Sunday 7 October 2018
Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm (AEST)
Where: Western Foreshore Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen
- Registration not required.
The National Education Alliance for BPD Australia is hosting a free webinar with a facilitated interdisciplinary panel discussing about Family Connections, a 12-week program for carers, family members, colleagues and friends of individuals with BPD can make a real difference in the lives of all those affected by BPD.
- When: Thursday 4 October 2018
Time: 8.00pm to 9.00pm (AEST)
To submit an expression of interest to present at the Consumer and Carer Day – send a title and short description by 1 August to email@example.com. 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.
Save the date and join BPD Awareness ACT to celebrate BPD Awareness Week “Know BPD. No Stigma.” in Canberra. This alcohol-free and family-friendly event will have free sausage sizzle, art, mindfulness and self care activities.
This year’s theme for BPD Awareness Week is “Know BPD. No Stigma.” This theme was inspired by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters‘s www.borderlineintheACT.org.au, a website focused on laying out facts to demystify the stigma of BPD for people living with BPD symptoms, family and friends of people with BPD, and services providers working with people with BPD. We also have useful articles for you to read.
- The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria will present the fifth professional development webinar: “Management of self-injury and suicidality“. This free webinar series is produced to increase clinicians’ expertise and ability to provide high quality, responsive, evidence-based treatment, care and support for people with BPD.When: Past recording available soon.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
The 7th National BPD Conference – “From Stigma, To Strength”
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
BPD Awareness Week