News and events for BPD Collaborative

BPD Awareness Week 2022

Saturday 1 to Friday 7 October 2022

The 2022 BPD Awareness Week national campaign was titled: BPD: See the person.

BPD Co. partnered with South Australian Community libraries to host 3 in-person events during BPD Awareness week. The events provided up-to-date information about BPD and service options, followed by a “You can’t ask that” style panel where experts by lived experience generously shared some of their personal experiences to help raise awareness and challenge some common myths and misconceptions about living with or supporting someone living with BPD. A special thanks goes to Burnside, Hallet Cove and Tea Tree Gully libraries who hosted in-person events and to the many other community libraries who participated by hosting visual displays during BPD awareness week.

For the second year running, BPD Co. partnered with the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia to offer small grants of up to $2,000 for community organisations who wished to hold a BPD Awareness Week event. Congratulations to our BPD Awareness Week Grant Recipients - the recipients can be viewed on the   Mental Health Coalition website.

BPD Co. present at the Project AIR 16th International Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders

Dianna Bartsch (Research Coordinator) and Laura Cooke-O’connor (Advanced Clinician) had the pleasure of presenting at the 16th International Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders, in Wollongong, New South Wales on the 4th November 2022.

The two-day conference hosted by our colleagues at Project AIR, comprised of a program of presentations including lived experience consumer and carer perspectives, explorations of neurodevelopment, trauma, assessment of personality traits, and attachment informed intervention. International speaker, Professor Anthony Ruocco (Canada) provided fascinating insights into clinical, personality, and neurodevelopmental factors associated with BPD.

BPD co presented preliminary findings from the evaluation of the Road Maps short-term group therapy for adults with a diagnosis of BPD. The evaluation is ongoing, and we look forward to providing more details about it in the new year.

Thank you to our colleagues at Project AIR for hosting us.

BPD Creative Wellbeing Calendar and Zine

The BPD Awareness Week 2021 working group invited people with lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), carers and trusted others to submit images of creative activities they engage in to contribute to a wellbeing calendar.

BPD Collaborative proudly presents the 2022-2023 BPD Creative Wellbeing calendar, which showcases creative activities that our subscribers have found helpful in supporting their wellbeing. The calendar includes information about BPD, Discover Creative Wellbeing, the BPD Awareness Week 2021 theme, and useful contacts in Australia.

Additionally, our Creative Wellbeing Zine expands on the Discover Creative Wellbeing theme and calendar content. The Zine showcases creative examples of subscriber work and articles of interest, along with providing useful tips, ideas and resources to help get you started.

Flipping the Script podcast

In 2020 BPD Co and headspace Adelaide were proud to introduce a podcast called Flipping the Script, Changing the Narrative on BPD.

During BPD Awareness Week 2020, BPD Co were pleased to collaborate with headspace Adelaide to capture Sam’s experience of BPD on podcast. Sam talks about stigma, seeking help and 'flipping the script' to identify those positives associated with the diagnosis. Thanks to Sam for sharing her valuable experiences, we are confident that her story will bring comfort, clarity and inspiration to other young people!

Listen to Sam's Podcast on Soundcloud.


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