Sept 2022 - eBulletin - Issue 59 

September 2022 eBulletin
BPD Awareness Week
BPD in the media - Amber Heard
GPM for BPD Podcast
Consumer, Family & Carer Day
MHPN BPD Network Meeting
Fundraiser - Fun Run
NZ Mental Health Week
Tasmania new MH Services

Helplines & COVID-19 Information

Get Involved
Consult - Peak Body MH Cons/Carer
Study - Personality Nosology
Study - PD Screening Measures
Study - Men & BPD
We Still Need Your Voice
Fundraiser - BPD Hoodie
Fundraiser - BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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BPD Awareness Week 1-7 October
BPDAW logoWe hear many people feel they become invisible when given a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The 2022 BPD Awareness Week campaign encourages everyone to see the person behind the BPD diagnosis, symptoms or behaviours – to know them as the unique individual they are, with their own strengths and challenges. More details 

'BPD: See the Person' - 2022 Events
  • ACT - Family Day - 9 Oct & Art Exhibition 4-14 Oct
  • QLD - MHPN BPD practitioners online event
  • SA    - Quiz Night - Sat 8 Oct
  • WA   - Picnic in the Park - Sat 8 Oct Flyer & LE Online event 6 Oct
  • National - SANE Topic Tuesday - 26 Sept
For materials to support your event, please email

BPD in the media - Amber Heard
Emotions Matters logoEmotions Matter (USA) have released a Guide to Critical Thinking/Discussion about the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp Case. It aims to cultivate critical media literacy skills to allow us to recognise stigma, name it, and refuse the terms of an unfair cultural conversation about BPD. Read more

Good Psychiatric Management for BPD Podcast
MHPN booklub logoBookclub podcast series from MHPN features Melbourne-based mental health practitioners Dr Rick Yeatman and Dr Paul Cammell. In this episode they discuss 'Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality disorder (2014) by John Gunderson and Paul Links. (43:35m) Read Review and Listen to Podcast

Consumer, Family & Carer Day 2022
PA logoInvitation to present your story of strength and resilience. Project Air Strategy are seeking expressions of interest to present at their annual Consumer, Family and Carer Day on Thursday 3rd Nov 2022. They are are open to a variety of presentations. Please respond by Friday 9 September  More details

BPD Professionals Network Meeting
MHPN logoThe Brisbane North BPD Mental Health Professionals Network is hosting an online Risk Management and BPD training event on 6 Sept at 6pm. Register with MHPN for more details

Fundraiser - Fun Run
Alicia Jolly
Alicia is running 12kms in this year's City Bay Fun Run 2022 to raise awareness around BPD and money for the Australian BPD Foundation. Please SHARE and DONATE, if you can, by following the link or Read more

NZ - Mental Health Awareness Week - 26 Sept
Reconnect GuideThe 'Reconnect' campaign acknowledges the last few years have been tough and provides resources to assist reconnecting with people and places that lift you up - hei pikinga waiora. Download 2022 Resources

Tas - New Mental Health Services 
Peacock Centre imageThe Peacock Centre will open in Hobart early 2023, hosting 4 new services providing community-based mental health care for people who do not require admission to hospital.
  • Short stay unit (12-beds)
  • Safe Haven Café (open daily for extended hours)
  • Mental Health Integration Hub - link to services
  • Recovery College - wellbeing and recovery courses
Another centre at St John's Park facility in New Town is planned to open in 2024. Read more

Helplines & COVID-19 Information
See more information at the bottom of this eBulletin

Membership is FREE for individuals - click here to JOIN now!
Australian BPD Foundation logoThe Australian BPD Foundation is group of volunteer consumers, carers & clinicians passionate about encouraging a positive culture around borderline personality disorder (BPD) and promoting the ready availability and accessibility of appropriate services for everyone impacted by BPD.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible (DGR status)
P.O Box 942, Bayswater, Vic 3153
0458 469 274
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Consultation - National Peak Body for MH Consumers & Carers
NMHC logoThe National Mental Health Commission is working on recommendations to establish a national peak body for mental health consumers, and carers, family and kin. This consultation aims to ensure people with lived experience can share their views. Complete Survey

Study - Health Professionals' Perception in Personality Nosology
ANU logoIf you are a healthcare professional with more than two years experience or you work with individuals concerning their mental health you may be interested in contributing to this survey from Australian National University. Complete Survey

Study - Personality Disorders Screening Measures
Orygen logoAs part of the new EScAPe study, Orygen researchers want to find out how new screening measures for helping to diagnose personality disorder work with young people. Young people aged 12-25 may be eligible for this study. Participants reimbursed for their time.  More details

Study - Men & BPD 
Spectrum logoMen with a diagnosis of BPD: You are invited to take part in research aiming to understand your lived experience of receiving a diagnosis of BPD, and how this may have impacted your engagement with treatment services.
Participants reimbursed with a $20 gift card for their time. More details

We Still Need Your Voice
We need your voicePlease help make Australia’s political leaders sit up and really take notice of the challenges and opportunities facing people with BPD and their families.  We know that every individual contact by people living in their electorate is powerful. 
With our new Federal Parliament now elected, we are now asking you to please email your newly (re-)elected federal MP and Senators, as well as your State MPs, to ask them to take our ‘National Consensus Statement: By, With and for People Impacted by BPD’ forward on your behalf asking them to advocate for a national approach. Find State and Federal email templates here in case helpful.  

Fundraiser - BPD Hoodie
BPD tshirtAbby lives with BPD and has designed eye-catching bucket hats ($15), crop tops ($30), hoodies ($50), masks ($10) and stickers ($6). The design is her own artwork representing what it feels like for her living with BPD. Part proceeds from sales will be donated to our Foundation. Order BPD items

Fundraiser - BPD Bandanna
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 bandanna 

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

Lived Experience Mental Health Workforce
Dr Louise Byrne
Louise Byrne transcended the experience of having her mental health being seen as a series of symptoms - moving from a focus on what is wrong with an individual to what has happened to them. She was introduced to the lived experience of mental health concept in which a person defies the deficit stance and takes actions to create a life of choice and meaning for themselves. (17:30m) View video

Crisis Planning
WRAP crisis planA crisis plan can be a useful tool for working through, or even averting, future crises. It is created when we are not in crisis, and can be one of the most effective general therapeutic strategies for people living with BPD. Read more
Download WRAP Plan or Wrap Workbook

How to be Friends with Your Friends
Big Feels ClubGraham from the Big Feels Club talks about the cycle of going from taking a little social break to falling off the map completely. Have you left it too long with an old friend to reach out again? He shares a few tips in this blog on how break the cycle, step by step. Read more

Educational Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma & Abuse
BlueKnot logoThese online workshops (for people over 16yrs) from Blueknot Foundation provide information how to recognise and build on your strengths, better understand your reactions, explore different ways to cope and identify strategies for positive change. This is not therapy, you do not have to speak, or share your story - the session will focus on safety, self-care and support. Read more
Online - Sept 24

BPD Peer Group - Online
Do you have a diagnosis of BPD, and have previously received psychological therapy? Project Air Strategy are currently inviting participants with a lived experience of BPD to register in their free 6-week clinician and qualified peer worker co-led therapy group focusing on understanding and living with BPD. Participants who choose to be involved in the research study will receive a $50 voucher.  Read more

Beyond Blue Forums
Beyond blue logoBeyond Blue have a range of Forums - Staying Well, Relationship and family issues, PTSD & Trauma, Suicidal thoughts and self-harm (not BPD specific) Read more

SANE Special Events 
Topic TuesdayNext topic BPD Awareness Week - 26 Sept
7:00-8:30pm AEST
Read transcripts of previous Topic Tuesdays
Aug 30 The Different Types of Rest We Need

SANE Peer Group Chat 
Online - Thursdays - 7:00-8:00pm
Add a question for discussion in the next Peer Group Chat
SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous online 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.
Check out their Guides

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

DBT Skills Group Program 2022
Face-to-face psychoeducational skills groups cover mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance & interpersonal effectiveness. 10 week modules offer the opportunity to practice and review skills, not a complete therapeutic treatment). Contact Natalie 0415 111 894 or email or Facebook 
Online OR Belconnen, Canberra.

Safe Haven Cafe
Belconnen - 0421 154 147 Details

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

Turner - Details

Safe Haven Cafes
Macarthur - Details
Broken Hill - Mission Australia Details 0418 442 767

NT Lived Experience Network
The NT Lived Experience Network have compiled a Service Navigation Resource to help Territorians navigate the NT mental health and related service system. 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. 

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Mi PlaceDrop in Centre for 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
Activities in Palmerston and rural areas. Details 

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. Men's Yarning Circle Not BPD specific. More details.
Alice Springs (08) 8950 4600  

Living and Learning Centre
Coaching and wellbeing support for people living in the North Brisbane and Pine Rivers area experiencing mental health concerns - Funded by Neami National. DBT groups or Details
Strathpine - Oct 04 - DBT Distress Tolerance
Strathpine - Oct 13 - Interpersonal Effectiveness

Head to Health Drop in Centre (07) 4766 8444
Caring, friendly and helpful mental health and wellbeing support in a calm, safe, and welcoming environment at 32 Walker St Townsville. Details

Inclusive peer run community in Brisbane with four centres. Services include DBT groups, support for suicidal distress, warm phone referral line, counselling and more. Contact (07) 3343 9282 or  Details

Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)
YETI supports young people (12-25) who live in Far North Queensland from our safe, free and friendly space in Cairns. Your Story. Your Strength. Details

The Safe Space
Located next to Prince Charles Hospital ED in Chermside near Common Good Cafe, open 2-8pm, Monday to Thursday and 5-8pm Friday. Details

Urgent Mental Health Care Centre - 24/7
Walk-in service in Adelaide to support you through a mental health crisis as an alternative to going to ED. Peer-led with clinical support in a caring, safe and inclusive environment. Now open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Read more

Lived Experience Telephone Support Service -  1800 013 755
LETSS provides information about mental health topics, navigation of the SA mental health system, and real time support when you need it. Phone service and online chat available 365 days a year 5pm to 11:30pm 

Coming up for AIR 
Free 4-week parenting program for parents (18+) living with BPD currently parenting a child (0-5yrs). Contact BPD Co on (08) 7425 6500 or email
Plympton & Enfield - Details

MI-DBT (Perinatal program)
Adapted from DBT, this group therapy program is for women living with BPD during the child's first years to support parenting skills early in the infant’s development. Details
Glenside - Helen Mayo House 

The Safe Place Mobile Café
East Coast (mobile van) Details and Facebook

Head to Health - Walk in Mental Health Service
Launceston Details

The Peacock Centre
Opening early 2023 Read more

Spectrum logoOnline Psychoeducation for Individuals with BPD
This course is for people 18-65 recently diagnosed with BPD and have accessed mental health services in Victoria. Provides an overview of BPD, symptoms, therapies, self-care and more.
Online - Aug 12 Register
Online - Aug 26 Register

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

Safe Haven Café
Melbourne - St Vincent's Hospital - Virtual Café Phone Service 1:00pm Fri to 8:00pm Sunday (Physical café may not be open due to COVID-19 restrictions.) 
Phone 0418 315 486  View video or Facebook or Details

Lifeline WA - DBTeen Program
The DBTeen Program is a 12-wk DBT based skills groups for young people, run in the Northern, North Eastern, South Eastern, Central and Southern suburbs. Referrals (08) 9261 4402. Wait list for Feb/Mar 2023 now open. Details

WA Recovery College 
WARCA courses offer opportunities to gain understanding of self and meaning through positive experiences. (Not BPD specific) Details

Safe Haven Café 
Lived experienced peer-based support for people who might otherwise attend busy and stressful EDs, but do not need intensive clinical and medical support.
Royal Perth Hospital -  Fri-Sun - 3:00pm-7:45pm Details
Kununurra District Hospital - Wed-Sat 4:30pm-10:00pm 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) Details or phone (08) 9258 8911
Cloverdale - calendar Jul-Dec 2022r
Online - calendar 2022

My Recovery program is for people with lived experience of mental illness who are interested in taking steps toward recovery.
Online - Aug 2 (Info Session) Register
WA - Midland - Aug 18 (4wk Snapshot) Register
WA - Midland - Oct 5 (10wk) TBC

WA Peer Supporters’ Network (WAPSN)
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 Events
Online - 22 Sept Register

Helpline - Peer Pathways - (08) 9447 2809
CoMHWA’s Peer Pathways is a WA statewide helpline for people with mental health challenges to find the supports and services needed to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Peer Navigators are trained clinicians. Available 9am-5pm M-F (AWST) Details

New Zealand
Info Hub - Mental Health Foundation of NZ NEW!
This library info hub has been collated so kiwis can be aware of the latest books, videos, articles and findings about mental health and wellbeing.
(not BPD specific) Read more

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

Porcupine Love
Porcupine LoveCathleen Payne presented at the NEA-BPD Yale Conference last May on her blog "Porcupine Love" in which she shares practical strategies to manage BPD for couples/partners in relationships. Her talk addresses dealing with dysregulated behaviours in a long-term romantic relationship where one partner has BPD or its symptoms. (45:29m) View video

5 Tips for Supporting Someone Living With BPD
TipsheetThis tip sheet offers insights into common mistakes made by supporters of people with BPD - covering boundaries, judgments, debating content, invalidating emotions and focusing on feelings. [Ed: Not a recommendation for the book this is drawn from] Download

Young Carer Bursary Program
Young Carers Network logoGrants are offered in the 2023 Young Carer Bursary Program to young carers in Australia aged 12 to 25. Up to 1,000 grants of $3,000 are available to support young carers in their education. Applications open until 13 Sept Apply Now

Workshop for family, friends, partners and loved ones of Adult Survivors 
Blue Knot logoIf you are supporting a survivor of complex trauma this workshop is for you. It will provide you with some of the knowledge and tools you will need to provide good support, as well as to look after yourself. Details
Online - Oct 22 Register

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayNext Topic BPD Awareness Week - 26 Sept
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesdays:
Jan 25 Supporting loved ones living with BPD
Oct 3 BPD for Friends, Families and Carers

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. Register

New Zealand - Contact details

Join the FC Alumni Institute after graduating from the program to continue your personal growth through a bi-monthly 'Beyond FC' webinar and 'FC Skills Reboot' Zoom classes to review modules skills. Sign up for the NEABPD newsletter to receive updates via the webform at the bottom of the website homepage. You can also join their FC Alumni Community on Facebook 

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
MHFA logoNot 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 (family & friends) Support Group
BPD Awareness ACTBPD 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. Contact
 email or 0415 111 894 or Facebook for details
Meet 1st Monday of each month 5:30pm at Carers ACT 

Holt, Canberra - Sept 5
My Sanctuary Support Group 
My SanctuaryFor carers of people who live with BPD.
Contact ARAFMI Illawarra by email or ph (02) 4283 3993 or text 0450 414 597 or Facebook for details
Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of each month 5:30-7:00pm
Fairy Meadow - Sept 13

ARAFMI Hunter BPD Support Group for Carers
ARAFMI Hunter MH CarersSupport group for carers and families of a person with BPD.
Contact ARAMI Samaritans on email or ph (02) 4922 1546 or 0429 397 178 Flyer
Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of each month 4:00-5:30pm
Broadmeadows - Sept 13

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.
Photo: Stonemeadow Photography 

Nepean Blue Mountains -  Postponed Flyer and Register
Paramatta - Postponed Register
Worrigee - Sept 20 Register
Mortdale - Nov 18 Register

NT Carers
Carer activities include counselling, music therapy, and peer support groups weekly in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine (not BPD specific). Details

Mental Illness Fellowship
Provides mental health services for carers (not BPD specific). Details and Flyer
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467
Darwin - Casuarina - (08) 8948 1051

ARAFMI BPD Carer Support Group
Arafmi BPD carerArafmi coordinate a support group specifically to support the carers of those with BPD. Meets 3rd Thursday of each month @ 1pm.
Online - Sept 15 Register

ARAFMI Queensland
Arafmi provide a range of support services for families and friends of people with mental illness and/or psychiatric disability. unique challenges. Details

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Sanctuary logoContact us by email website facebook
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 6:00pm 

Face-to-Face at Glenside AND online
See website for details.
Online & Glenside Sept 13

BPD Collaborative Carer Program
BPD Co logoCarer Info Sessions (2hr) - Intro to BPD
These 2-hr online sessions for carers living in SA provide information and support to families and friends of people living with BPD. For more details phone (08) 7425 6500 or email

Online - Sep 20 Grandparents & kinship carers Register
Online - Nov 22 Families & friends Register
Online - Dec 06 Country carers Register

Carer Peer Group (4wk) - 'Supporting Someone Recently Diagnosed with BPD'
Online - Nov 17-Dec 8 Register

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
Carer support group meetings. (not BPD specific) Details
Launceston - Oct 10-14 (1-1 MH & AOD focus) Register
Hobart - Sept 21 & Oct 19 Register
Devonport - Sept 7 & 8 (1-1 MH & AOD focus)  Register
Online - Sept 14 @ 1:00pm or 5:30pm Register
Online - Oct 12 @ 1:00pm and 5:30pm Register

Hobart Clinic Support Group
Carer Support, not BPD specific. Register via (03) 6247 9960 or email 
Meet 1st Tues or Wed of the month Details
Hobart - COVID restrictions - on hold until further notice

Learning More about BPD 
Spectrum logoThis 3-hour info session or 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. Flyer
Richmond - Dec 8 @ 9:30am 1-day workshop Register 

Outer East BPD Carer Support Group
Contact EACH (03) 8720 2500 Details
Meet 3rd Monday of the month 1:00pm Coonara Community House.
Upper Ferntree Gully - Sept 19

BPD Community Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Details
South Melbourne - Sept 20

BPD Support Group for Families, Carers and Friends (MIFWA)
WA BPD CarersThis peer facilitated group offers support to those in a caring or support role of a family member or friend who experiences BPD or similar traits. Contact MIFWA (08) 9237 8900 
Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month 5:30-7:00pm. Details
West Leederville - Sept 14

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. Contact MIFWA (08) 9237 8900 
Midland - Details

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

Meeting acute and complex needs in real-world settings
Psychotherapy UpdateDr Paul Cammell describes a range of contexts in which clinicians can provide leadership to support people living with BPD and complex needs. He outlines the innovative service model at BPD Collaborative in SA, the post-suicide HOPE model of care and a range of models of psychotherapy, including brief, structured therapies. (48:39) View video

Research - BPD & cPTSD with Complex Development Symptomatology
ResearchNZ researchers Jessica Lawless & Michael Tarren-Sweeney investigated the alignment between mental health symptom profiles derived through cluster analysis and nominal diagnosis of BPD and C-PTSD among a sample of 230 adolescents in long-term foster care. Read more

Mclean Screening Instrument
Hero Images/Getty ImagesThe McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder (MSI-BPD) is a commonly used 10-item measure to screen for BPD. Mary Zanarini and her colleagues at McLean Hospital developed this paper-and-pencil test based on BPD diagnostic criteria listed in the DSM. Read more

Call for Papers - Dissociation, Trauma and BPD
BMCThis special issue of the European Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation journal invites submissions from different disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, neurobiology, etc) including dimensional approaches based on more recent conceptualisations of personality pathology. (Open access) Submissions by 1 September 2022 Details

BPD Guide for GP's 
BPD for GPs book coverSpectrum: Specialising in personality disorder and complex trauma is pleased to share their new book 'Borderline Personality Disorder - A Practical Guide for General Practitioners' edited by Josephine Beatson and Sathya Rao. For General Practitioners who treat patients with BPD. Read more & Flyer &  Purchase

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 - Australian BPD Foundation
National Training Strategy logoWe have nearly completed the training strategy and are seeking ongoing funding. Meanwhile if you would like to provide this training to your staff please contact us on for a quote. Stages 1 & 2 are still freely available to view at your convenience, via the links below.
Stage 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

Conferences / Forums New!

International Mental Health Conference 
Gold Coast & Online - Sept 5-7
Int MH Conference logoThe ANZ Mental Health Association are hosting this international conference covering lived-experience co-design, emerging insights on alternative medicines (including psychedelic drugs), and the latest developments on mood, personality and psychotic disorders). Details and Program

Our Reform Conference 
Melbourne - Sept 6
MH Vic logoVictoria’s three mental health sector peak bodies, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), Tandem, and Mental Health Victoria, will host a landmark, sector wide conference focused on Victoria’s mental health reform journey. Details In-person tickets sold out! Online tickets now available

ESSPD International Congress on BPD & Allied Disorders
Online - Oct 10-12
Change for a Better Future: Perspectives Beyond Symptoms
ESSPD logoThe European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) congress will be held online in 2022. Details
Online - 10-12 Oct 

Spectrum Conference
Melbourne Convention Centre & Online - Oct 17
Is it BPD and/or Complex PTSD?
Spectrum logo
Clinicians can face complex diagnostic and treatment challenges when people present with features of both BPD and PTSD. A degree of clarity has been achieved since Complex PTSD was formally included in ICD–11. Hear from Dr Lois Choi-Kain, A/Prof Jo Beatson, Professor Loyola Mclean, A/Prof Sathya Rao, Dr Lukas Cheney and Dr Sarah Wallace share the latest evidence, informing treatment and research directions. Details  Program and Register

International Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference
Wollongong NSW & Online - Nov 3-5
Person-centred Care - Holding the Brain in Mind
Project Air logoPerson-centred care encourages a compassionate, individualised and tailored approach to the person's needs, goals and aspirations. Psychological therapies for personality disorder have been shown to change brain functioning, and new science discoveries are opening an era of individualised therapy targeting brain and mind. Details

Thu 3 Nov - Consumer & Carer Day
Fri 4 Nov - Scientific Conference 
Sat 5 Nov - Clinical Workshop - Keynote: Prof Anthony Ruocco, Uni of Toronto 

WA Mental Health Conference 
WA - Perth & Online - Nov 7
WA MH Conference logoThis 2-day conference showcases 4 core streams inspired by the 6 trauma-informed principles, and explores a holistic look at mental health. Keynotes include 2021 Australian of the year Grace Tame, speakers from Spectrum, Project Air, Happiness Foundation and many more. Download the Program or Register

Summit on Self-Harm 
Online - Nov 10
Black Dog logoBlack Dog Institute is pleased to announce its Summit on Self-Harm to be held on Thursday, 10 November 2022 at Doltone House in Sydney. Register you EOI


ISITDBT Annual Conference
Online Nov 17

ISITDBT logoInternational Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) is a volunteer organization with the sole task of organizing an annual conference to bring together DBT clinicians from around the the globe. Details

ISSPD Conference
Sydney NSW & Online - Oct 2023
ISSPD logoSave the Date! The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Conference will be held in Sydney and online in November 2023. Details

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

BPD Collaborative (SA)
Foundation Skills BPD - Professionals in tertiary MH (1-day)
SA - Adelaide - Oct 21 Register
Foundation Skills BPD - Young People with BPD (1-day)
SA - Adelaide - Nov 7 Register
Responding to Crises (1/2-day)
SA - Adelaide - Oct 11 Register
BPD Core Competency (2-day)
SA - Adelaide - Oct 31-Nov 1 Register
BPD Co Info Session for Professionals
Online - Sept 6 or Nov 3 Register


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.
Online - self-paced Details 
Single Session Thinking: Families with Children and Youth
Online - self-paced  Details
Narrative Therapy Approaches to Trauma
Online - Sept 09 Register
Using Narrative Work with Indigenous families
Online - Oct 27 Register

Blue Knot
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
NSW - Sydney - Sept 05 Register
Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness Masterclass
Online - Sept 07 Register
Three Phased Approach: Safety & Stabilisation (2-day)
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 02 Register
Online - Sept 12 Register
Responding to DV with A Trauma-Informed Lens for GP's
Online - Sept 16 RegisterThree Phased Approach: Processing and Integration (2-day)
Online - Sept 19 Register
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Online - Sept 23 Register
Managing Wellbeing & Recognising Vicarious Trauma
QLD - Brisbane - Sept 23 Register

Webinar Series - Trauma Awareness
Blue Knot WebinarsWellbeing and Emotional Awareness when working with complex Trauma (Webinar)
Webinar - Sep 29
Creating Safety and Connection (Webinar)
Webinar - TBC Register
Building Trauma Awareness (Webinar)
Webinar - Aug 25 Register

Skills for Working with BPD 201
Online - Sep 16 Register
Sensory Modulation: Skills & Strategies to Cope with Distress
Online - Oct 20 & 27 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
Mentalizing Based Treatment Basic Training Course
WA - Sept 6, 8 & 10th Register

Mental Health First Aid Australia
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Not BPD specific.
Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Flyer and Register
Conversations about Suicide Register

Mental Health Professionals Networks
MHPN logoEnhance 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 or call 1800 209 031 to start or join a BPD network in your area.

Are you interested in taking up the opportunity to be coordinator of the Hobart BPD MHPN network? Please contact or call 1800 209 031. This is a volunteer role, funding is available to cover meeting costs. Details
Brisbane North  Online Risk Management & BPD 6 Sept
Hobart - EOI's open for BPD Network coordinator
Ipswich/West Moreton
NT Please complete this Survey for meeting topics
To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, register via the new MHPN website portal.

NSW Health - Illawarra Shoalhaven 
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High - For Professionals
Full day interactive workshop outlines how to educate clients, families and carers about 5 key strategies of supporting a person in distress. Details
NSW - Port Kembla - Nov 8 - Registrations open Oct 2022

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Understanding & responding to suicide and self-harm risk in young people
VIC - Parkville - Sept 1 Register
Including family and significant others
VIC Parkville - Oct 17 Register
Working with young people with co-occurring eating and personality disorders
VIC Parkville - Oct 26 Register
Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Coping Skills 102
VIC - Parkville - Sep 07 Register
Working with school refusal
VIC - Parkville - Sep 14 Register

Project Air Strategy
Please see our Webinars & Podcasts.
Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD 
Online - Modules
Adolescent Intervention - Guide for clinicians
Online - Modules

Psychology Training
Schema Therapy Advanced 
WA - Perth - Nov 23-24 Register

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 Model, Methods & Techniques
NSW - Newcastle - Sep 1-3 Register
Schema Therapy Standard Workshop
NSW - Camperdown - Sep 5-6 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 7-8 Register
Schema Therapy with Dreams and Nightmares
Online - Sept 10 Register
Webinar for Ukranian therapists
Online - Sep 10-11 Register
Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 14-16 Register
ST for working with Rigid, Avoidant, Grandiose & Impulsive People - Advanced 
QLD - Brisbane - Oct 13 Register
ST for BPD/Trauma - Intermediate
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 10 Register

PD and cTrauma ECHO Sessions
Fortnightly - Wed 12:00-1:00pm flyer (Vic)
Online - Community of Practice email 
Application of DBT for Family Intervention
VIC - Spectrum - Sep 9 Register
Foundation Training for Working with people with BPD
VIC - Spectrum - Oct 4 Register
Mentalization Based Treatment for BPD (2-days)
VIC - Spectrum - Oct 13 Register
Foundation Training for Support Workers
VIC - Spectrum - Oct 25 Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Mental Health & AOD
WA - Perth - Sept 12 Register
Safe Professional Boundaries
WA - Perth - Sept 28 Register
Being Trauma Responsive
WA - Perth - Sept 29-30 Register

Helplines - 24 hour

COVID-19 Supports
National Caronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080 
State information 
Telehealth - Bulk Billed appointments from Jan 2022
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
13YARN First Nations crisis support line 13 92 76 (24/7)
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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:

Helplines - Worldwide
Befrienders Worldwide
Facebook I need to find a suicide helpline for myself or a friend
International Database of helplines

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