May 2021 - eBulletin - Issue 45 

In this issue...
COVID-19 phone lines
BPD Mini Conference in May
Core Competency Workshops
5 Challenges for people with PD
Art Therapy and BPD
Wellbeing Activities
Coping Strategies
Easy Read Mental Health Resources
Telehealth Extended to December

Branch News

Get Involved
Advocacy - Skill Builder Webinars
Study - Adolescent Self-Harm
Buy a BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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COVID-19 Information and phone lines
a comprehensive list at the end of this eBulletin in the Helplines section.

BPD Mini Conference in May
Dr Carla SharpBPD Awareness Month is held in the USA and UK during May. In Australia we celebrate BPD Awareness Week during the first week of October. In the spirit of collaboration, the Foundation is holding a Mini-Conference in May with Dr. Carla Sharp, Professor of Psychology at Uni of Houston. She will present ‘state-of-the-science’ information on the conceptualisation of personality challenges in adolescents. Details and Register

BPD Core Competency Workshops -  NT & ACT (June)
BPD Training StrategyFully-funded Core Competency Workshops for clinicians are rolling out across Australia from March-June 2021 after being delayed by COVID-19 restrictions last year. In the event of future travel restrictions, face-to-face workshops will be delivered via Zoom. These 2-day workshops form Stage 3 of the National BPD Training Strategy. More details in Training section below.
Register your Expression of Interest
Note: Expressions of Interests (EOI) close 3-4 weeks prior to scheduled event. 

5 Challenges for Young People with Personality Disorders 
Orygen logoOrygen's HYPE research team found 5 barriers to adequate and timely care -delayed diagnosis, failure to access/engage in treatment, delay in implementation of evidence-based treatments, innovation failure in therapies and lack of focus on social connectedness and functional recovery. Read more

Using Art Therapy to support people living with BPD
Art Therapy for BPDResearch on the use of Art Therapy for BPD has shown reductions in self harm, a higher tolerance for distress, and motivated participants. This paper published by the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) shows how art therapists enable people to visually express 'self' and externalise pain in a safe and accepting space. Read more

Wellbeing Activities
Small StepsSmall Steps recently launched wellbeing activities for people feeling disrupted, disconnected or distressed. Though not BPD specific, some people may find the activities useful. A Toolbox provides resources to help people centre themselves, providing space to reflect and get clarity on what has happened and how to best respond. It is also a useful source for friends and whānau (family) and mental health services. View website

Coping Strategies
Coping StrategiesThis new fact sheet from Blue Knot Foundation outlines how people use coping strategies when faced with challenges due to their trauma.  The fact sheet is useful for survivors, as well as others, to help better understanding how some coping strategies can have an impact on their behaviours in daily life. Download or Plain English version  

Easy Read Mental Health Resources
3DN Easy Read logoThe Dept of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at Uni of NSW has launched some 'Easy Read' information sheets on accessing mental health services in NSW. The Fact sheets are for people with intellectual disability, cognitive and communication challenges, their family and support persons. A template is available so services can modify the 'Introduction to inpatient mental health services' document to suit their needs. Read more

Telehealth extended to 31 December 2021
Telehealth consultFederal funding to allow all people access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was due to end on June 30. Minister Greg Hunt said "The extensions will ensure that Australians can continue to see their GP, renew scripts and seek mental health support from the safety of their own home." Read more

Foundation Branch News

Please send an Expression of Interest to the Foundation if you are interested in joining a State Branch Committee. Email

The QLD Services Directory is being finalised. If you have any information you feel should be included please email us.

SAThe SA Branch committee are reviewing their workplan for 2021. 

The VICTORIAN Branch members are planning MHPN events for 2021.

The WA Branch are planning events for this year's BPD Awareness Week - which may include a Car Rally! Keep tuned in for latest updates via our Facebook page.
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Advocacy - Skill Builder Webinars for Consumers, Carers, and Families
LEA logoThis free webinar series from Lived Experience Australia has been created specifically for Consumers and Carers who want to take the next step into advocacy. 
Keeping the Enthusiasm going
Online - May 10 - Register
Self-Reflection and Self Evaluation
Online - June 7 - Register

Research - Adolescent Self-Harm: What can parents and carers do?
Project Air logoResearchers at Project Air are inviting parents and carers who have a child under the age of 18 years to participate in a study exploring adolescent self-harm from the perspective of parents and carers. More details from

Fundraising - BPD Bandannas
HarveyBillie is helping raise awareness of BPD with these gorgeous Bandannas. They cost $15, $20 for 2, or add $10 for each additional bandanna - postage included! Send in your pics of you or your pets wearing the bandanna for us to share! Order on Etsy

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

Neuroplasticity and Recovery
Haley PeckhamDr Hayley Peckham has lived experience of BPD. In this inspiring presentation, she considers how diagnosis is one way to validate psychological and emotional suffering, and how neuroplasticity, by describing how experiences shape brains, offers a non-pathologising alternative. (31:12m) Watch video

I Have BPD, but Here's why I Wouldn't Change That
Autumn leaves'BPD makes me hyper-empathic, perceptive, intuitive and resilient. It allows me to develop deep connections quickly and means I am perpetually curious. For me, these traits are valuable'. Asheda shares some useful coping strategies used while juggling a life as 'an ambitious and social creative'. Read more

HelpGuide - BPD
If you have BPD, everything feels unstable: your relationships, moods, thinking, behavior—even your identity. But there is hope and this guide to symptoms, treatment, and recovery can help. Read more

Foundations in Peer Work
MHV TrainingBased on the content designed for the Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work, this 5 day training course will introduce you to the fundamentals required to effectively work with an organisation as a peer worker. This course is an essential introduction for any consumers or carers who are, or want to be peer workers.
Online -  June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Register (Waitlist)

SANE Special Events 
Topic TuesdayHow and why we care for ourselves 
Thursday 6th May 7:00-8:30pm AEST 
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesday
27th April Breaking the Cycle: Addiction
13th April OCD: Behind the Mask

Online SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! The first post of the thread will give you an idea of the topic. Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts.) Check out their Guides

Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to meeting schedules.

DBT Skills Group Program 2021
These face-to-face psychoeducational skills groups cover mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance & interpersonal effectiveness. (An opportunity to practice and review skills, not a complete therapeutic treatment).
Online OR Belconnen, Canberra
Terms 2, 3 & 4 (10wk modules) Download flyer
Contact Natalie 0415 111 894 or email or Facebook

ACT Recovery College
The ACT Recovery College is a FREE, non-judgmental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Term 2 course offers are currently being processed. Email or check website or Facebook for more details.

AGA Intersex Support Group
A Gender + Agenda is a safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others. Conducts trainings, support groups and events.

May 7 - The Friday Centre - Peer navigation service for referrals and information. Details

Lived Experience Network NT
The NT Lived Experience Network have compiled a Service Navigation Resource to help Territorians navigate the NT mental health and related service system.  It has been compiled by people with lived experience and is current as of the date printed at the bottom of the resource. Download

NT Mental Health Coalition
My Recovery is a peer led education and support program for people living with mental health challenges or alcohol and other drug issues.  The program is led by peers – people with their own lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery.
Nightcliff - April-June - Details

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, training and education. (Not BPD specific) Details
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or 
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931

TEMHCO - Top End Mental Health
Events in Palmerston and rural areas. Details 
Scroll down their webpage to access 25 free meditations

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. Drop in Centre open during the week. 'Partners in Recovery' offers care coordination for people with complex needs. Details. Not BPD specific.
Alice Springs (08) 8950 4600 and 

MI-DBT (Perinatal program)
This group therapy program is for women living with BPD during the child's first years. Adapted from DBT, it supports parenting skills early in the infant’s development. Supported by PHN in collaboration with Helen Mayo House and Dept Education and Child Services. Details
Phone - 1300 898 213 or Fax Referral 1300 580 249

Discovery College
A place where people come together, learn, share experiences and reach new understanding of mental health. Courses are co-produce and co-facilitated. (Not BPD specific) Details

Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) provides education, peer support and systemic advocacy for people with lived experience of mental health issues. (not BPD specific) View 2021 Training Calendar
For Peer Support Workers - Intentional Disclosure of Lived Experience.
Cloverdale - May 11 To register via email
Speak Up, Be Heard
Online - May 4  Register

WA Peer Supporters’ Network
Free education and group supervision to build skills, sustain and thrive in your peer support role. (Not BPD specific) Ph (08) 9258 8911 or email or view Calendar
Cloverdale -  6 May

New Zealand
Friday Peer Recovery and Support Group
For men and women with mental health issues and their whānau. Ph +64 (09) 279 8233 or Email and Details
NZ - Papatoetoe -12:00-1:30pm

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

The Importance of Validation
ValidationAndrea explains how validation is a pivotal part of providing support. To encourage lasting change in our loved ones we need to start by validating what's going on for them now so we can support them towards the change they want to see for themselves. (4:47m) View Video

Validating Statements
ValidationValidation means that we are acknowledging another person’s emotions, thoughts, experiences, values, and beliefs. Validation isn’t about agreeing, placating, “fixing” the other person, trying to get someone to change, or repeating back what the other person has said. Amanda Smith offers these examples for when you are stuck. Read more

Guide - Talking About Trauma: Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public
Talking about TraumaMany people feel poorly equipped to have everyday conversations with people they know or suspect have actually experienced trauma. Blue Knot provides a simple guide to support these critical conversations. Whether you are starting the conversation yourself or you are responding to a person telling you about their trauma this will help you manage the challenges and minimise the risks. Download

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayMay Topic Tuesday TBC
Read transcript of February Topic Tuesday 
Understanding Trauma and Supporting Loved Ones

Carers Forum
SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts. See their Guides

Carer Supports
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST) or Email

More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin. 

Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to meeting schedules.

Family Connections
FC KnotFree 12-week program providing education, skills training & support for people in a relationship with a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. 
Step 1- Register

Step 2 - Email to indicate your preferred group
VIC - Melbourne - TBA Register
SA - Adelaide - TBA Register
QLD - Fortitude Valley - May 11 (4:30pm-6:30pm) Register
New Zealand - Contact details

TranscendA parent led, peer support network for the families of transgender children in Australia. Download their Guide for Parents and Carers, and find appropriate professional support for your state here  Read more

Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to non-suicidal self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Designed for specific groups such as youth, older person, aboriginal and for teens assisting their peers. Register

Loved Ones Support Group
BPD Awareness ACT offer a carer support group for anyone who loves and/or cares for a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with or has traits of BPD. Facebook
Meet 1st Monday of each month at Carers ACT 2021 Flyer

Holt, Canberra - May 3 - Confirm email or 0415 111 894

My Sanctuary Support Group
For carers of people who live with BPD. Contact ARAFMI by email or ph (02) 4283 3993 or 4283 3499. Fairy Meadows, NSW. 
Postponed - Meetings held 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
Full day workshop for families, partners and friends supporting a person who has overwhelming emotions, impulsive or aggressive behaviours, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. Details
Contact STRIDE Family & Carer Program (02) 4229 7254
NSW - Penrith - May 3
NSW - Parramatta - May 4 
NSW - Mortdale - May 14
NSW - Gosford - May 26
NSW - Newcastle - May 28

NT Carers
Not BPD specific, but carer activities include counselling, music therapy, and peer support groups weekly in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. Details

Mental Illness Fellowship
Provides mental health services in Darwin, not BPD specific. Details and Flyer

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Sanctuary logoContact us by email website facebook
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month 

May 4 - NEW - Starting Face-to-Face at Glenside AND online - see Facebook for details

Lived-Experience Telephone Support Service (LETTS)
After-hours service supports people with mental health issues as well as their carers, family and friends. From 5:00pm-11:30pm every night. 1800 031 755

Mental Health Families & Friends Tasmania
MHF&F TASOnline Safe Space (Video Chats on Zoom)
Carer support, not BPD specific.
Meet online fortnightly on Wed at 6:30pm

May 5 - TBC Register
May 19 - TBC Register

Hobart Clinic Support Group
Carer Support, not BPD specific. Phone (03) 6247 9960 or email 
Meet 1st Wed of the month Details

Learning More about BPD: For Families and Friends
This 1-day workshop by Spectrum is for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD (or a likely diagnosis. It provides info about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for yourselves.
Richmond - Jun 25 - Register

BPD Family and Carer Support Group
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm Free. Contact MIND Carer Helpline 1300 554 660 for venue details. Via ZOOM, and resuming face-to-face in April subject to COVID restrictions.

Outer East BPD Carer Support Group
Meet 3rd Monday of the month 1:00pm-3:00pm
Coonara Community House. Contact EACH (03) 8720 2500

BPD Community Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Free.
South Melbourne. Details

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA)
Family members can feel concern, guilt and fear. We can talk with you about your situation, offer information and support. MIFWA aim to provide mutual peer support, promote resilience and coping skills, and increase understanding. For more information contact MIFWA on 9237 8900 or see online Details

Online Parent Support Group (MIFWA)
This support group is for those parents/carer supporting young people (not BPD specific). Phone Caroline at MIFWA on (08) 9237-8900 or see Flyer
Online - 1st Thursday of each month (Zoom)

Helping Minds BPD Information & Support
Caring for a family member or friend with a mental illness can be confusing, frightening, exhausting and isolating. No matter how well-meaning, sometimes your friends and family may not know how to support you. However, you do not have to go through it alone. Read more

For Clinicians / Researchers

Online Resources
Research - How are the Australian NHMRC BPD Guidelines Faring in Practice?
Research NHMRCThis research paper by Jessica Proctor et al., investigates how Australian consumer perspectives on BPD management have changed over time. Responses from surveys conducted in 2011 and 2017 were analysed for common themes that aligned with the NHMRC Guidelines published in 2013. Findings suggested that awareness of BPD was improved, however widespread implementation of the Guidelines was not evident. Read more

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of BPD
NHMRC BPD GuidelinesThese comprehensive guidelines assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults. They discuss a range of treatment options, including 63 recommendations covering diagnosis, management, treatment and information for supporting carers and families. The briefer A5 sized version Caring for people with BPD: A reference guide for health professionals is also available for Download

BPD: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice
RACGP logoThis GP only training is designed to assist GPs in identifying the risk factors and clinical features of BPD. It reviews effective management, appropriate prescribing, involvement of families/carers and crisis management. Activity 181349 (60 mins, CPD: 2 points) Available to RACGP members with a login at 

BPD Training Strategy
National Training Strategy logoStage 1 - Webinars
6 online webinars View webinars
Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
5 online modules - ‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ for mental health workers and service providers. Completed sequentially, each module takes approx 60 mins. Certificate issued. Complete Modules

Stage 3 - Core Competency Workshops
2-day workshops - rolling out across Australia until June 2021. If you have already registered an Expression of Interest (EOI) we will contact you when details are finalised. NB: This is an EOI only
- numbers are strictly limited. You will receive an email to confirm your registration. Register your interest

Conferences / Forums

Australian BPD Foundation Mini Conference - Online - May
BPD in Adolescents: Myths, Identity & Treatment
Professor Carla Sharp (Uni of Houston, USA) will present an online forum presenting ‘state-of-the-science’ information on the conceptualisation of personality challenges in adolescents. She will be available 'live' afterwards to respond to your questions. Details and Register

ESSPD - Personality Disorders Workshops - Latvia - June
Skills Training for Effective Treatments
ESSPD logoAnthony Bateman – Structured Clinical Management
Arnoud Arntz – Schema Therapy
Bo Bach – PD diagnosis in ICD-11/DSM-5
Michaela Swales – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Svenja Taubner – Mentalization-Based Treatment
Stephan Doering – Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
Workshops will be hybrid events, delivered on-line and face-to-face. Details
Online & LATVIA - Riga - 3-5 June 

ISST - Schema Therapy Conference - Denmark - June
Inspire 2020 - Reinventing the Therapeutic Relationship

Inspire 2020 logoThe in-person 2020 biennial conference has been rescheduled to June 2021, and current participants have been automatically enrolled in original selections. Details
DENMARK - Copenhagen - 24-25th June 2021

Spectrum Annual Conference - Melbourne - Oct
Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization-Based Approach
Spectrum Conference flyerKeynote: Professor Anthony Bateman will be presenting at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. MBT workshops are planned adjacent to the conference. More details and Download Flyer 
VIC - Melbourne - 1 Oct 2021

ISSPD - 17th World Congress - Online - Oct
Kaleidoscope Perspectives 

ISSPD Conference 2021The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Congress was originally planned for face-to-face event in Oslo, Norway. It will now be streaming from Norway, held entirely online. Pre-congress workshop on Oct 11th. Submission deadline extended to 15 April in view of the adjusted congress format. Details
Online - 11-13 Oct 2021

International Treatment of PD Conference - Online - Nov
Creative Recovery
Project Air logoProject Air Strategy present this conference to be held online and in Wollongong. Creative arts can provide powerful opportunities for healing, understanding and treatment. Present your proposal in a 150-word abstract by 15th July Submit Proposal via email
Online - 4-6 Nov 2021

ESSPD - 6th International Congress on BPD and Allied Disorders 2020 - Belgium - Sept 2022

Change for a better future: Perspectives beyond symptom
ESSPD logoThe European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) have rescheduled their Congress, and have listed the abstract topics for submission guidance. Details
BELGIUM - Antwerp - September 2022


Please contact organisations directly to confirm their COVID-19 responses to training schedules.

AADANT Assoc of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies NT 

Emotion regulations skills for AOD workers
In this workshop you will gain skills to assist your clients to better manage their emotions.
Online - May 13 - Register
Online - Jul 28 - Register

Australian BPD Foundation
Core Competency Workshop 
Core Competency workshopFree 2-day workshops cover the 10 core competencies that clinicians require to enable them to effectively work with people with BPD. Participant handbook includes pre-reading, workshop slides, case vignette and worksheets. Numbers are limited. You will receive an email to confirm your registration.
Register your Expression of Interest
NT - Darwin - June 7-8
NT - Alice Springs - June 10-11
ACT - Canberra - June 21-22
NSW/VIC - Albury-Wodonga - June 24-25
* SA, QLD, TAS and VIC workshop have already been delivered.

Bouverie Centre
My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning (MERTIL)
In this Australian-first program you will learn the identification of and response to early trauma in the parent-child relationship, stemming from parent mental illness, grief, family violence, substance abuse, and related experiences.
Details and Register
MERTIL: My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning
Online - ongoing  Register
No Bullshit Therapy
Online - May 7 Register
Introduction to Narrative Therapy
Online - May 7 Register
Working Relationally with BPD
Online - May 13 Register

Blue Knot
Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma
QLD - Brisbane - Apr 23 Register

Webinar Series
Blue Knot WebinarsBuilding Trauma Awareness
Online - May 12 or Jul 8 Register
Creating Safety and Connection
Online - Jun 2314  Register
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Online - Jun 9 Register
Managing Wellbeing
Online - Jul 22 Register

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving (STEPPS)
The program educates people with Borderline Personality Disorder and helps them acquire skills to deal with different aspect different aspects of the disorder. 
NZ - TBC - May 21-22 Registrations of Interest

Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm 101
Online - May 21 Register

Skills for Working with BPD 101
Online - September 10 Register

LGBTI Professional Development, Education & Training
The National LGBTI Health Alliance have created a database of training opportunities available across Australia. They also have created a checklist for an Inclusivity Audit Tool to assist organisations to be LGBTI friendly. Download

MBT Australia
Online Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) trainings have been developed by the creators of MBT due to the current pandemic, and will be delivered at a time suitable for an Australian clinical audience. Read more

Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
MHFA also have courses for responding to someone who feels suicidal. Detalis

Mental Health Professionals Networks

Enhance your understanding of BPD by joining a BPD-focused network in your area. Networks meet face-to-face and offer you the opportunity to build practitioner relationships, improve referral pathways, benefit from peer support and professional development opportunities. Contact Ashleigh at to start or join a BPD network in your area.
Brisbane North  
Ipswich/West Moreton

New MHPN Portal 
To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, register via the new MHPN website portal. Register

Mental Health Victoria
Semester 1, 2021 calendar - all courses online
Self-Care strategies to prevent vicarious trauma and burnout
Online -  May 19 & 20 Register
Survive to Thrive: Skill building for workplace resilience & wellbeing for NDIS Psychosocial Disability Support Workers and Coordinators NEW!
Online -  May 27 & 28 Register

NSW Health - Illawarra Shoalhaven 
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High - For Professionals
Full day interactive workshop outlines frameworks and strategies. Details
Ph Toni (02) 4220 7919 or
NSW - Newcastle - May 27
NSW - Nowra - June 8

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Online - June 9 - Rethinking first episode psychosis and BPD Register
Online - Aug 18 - Working with young people with co-occurring eating and personality disorders Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Online - June 16 - Coping Skills 101 Register
Online - June 23 - Coping Skills 102 Register

Project Air Strategy
We are not currently taking registrations for face to face training. Please see our Webinars & Podcasts.
Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD 
Online - Modules
Adolescent Intervention - Guide for clinicians
Online - Modules

Safe In Oz
Face-to-face workshops suspended due to COVID-19. Check for updates on the Safe in Oz website or Facebook page.

Schema Therapy Society
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for BPD. The Schema Therapy Society provides links to Schema Therapy training providers around Australia. Details
NSW  VIC  WA (Hayes & Simpson) and WA (Chris Lee)

Schema Therapy Standard
Online - July 26-27 Register
NSW - Sydney - Aug 10-11 Register

Schema Therapy Training Online
Schema Therapy Intensive Workshop 1: The Model, Methods and Techniques
Online - June 3, 4 & 11 Register

Foundation Training for Support Workers
Online - May 27 Register

Management of people with BPD for GPs 
Online - May 25 Register
Online - Aug 9 Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
De-escalation Skills
WA - Perth - May 10 Register 

Trauma Informed Practice
WA - Perth - Jun 03 Register

Helplines - 24 hour

COVID-19 Supports
National Caronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080 
State information 
Telehealth - Bulk Billed appointments by phone/video until 31 December 2021
Beyond Blue
Are You OK?
Head to Health 

Disability Information Helpline

COVID-19 Resources
Translated printed resources and video/audio
Aboriginal languages 
Easy Read English 
Young people and their parents
Older Australians

Database of Helplines in Australia
Find a Helpline

Helplines - 24 Hour
Emergency Services 000
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
Lifeline 13 11 14 or Chat
Kid's Helpline (5-25yrs) 1800 55 1800 or
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 789978
Direct Line 1800 888 236 Immediate counselling & support,
Poison Information Centre
13 11 26
National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline 1800 250 015
Counselling Online (AOD)
Ice Help Line 1800 423 238
Family Drug Support Helpline 1300 368 186 or

Helplines - Limited Hours
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Mon - Fri 10am-10pm AEST.
Chatline Mon-Fri 10am-10pm AEST/AEDT Details

Blue Knot Helpline - 1300 657 380
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm AEST/ADST

QLife - 1800 184 527
Mon-Sun 3pm-12am AEDT Webchat

Eating Disorders Helpline - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST (except public holidays).

Helplines - New Zealand 24/7
Healthline - 0800 611 116 
Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or text 5347 (HELP)
Need to Talk? (Peer Support) text 1737

More NZ helplines here:
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