Sept 2020 - eBulletin - Issue 38

In this issue...
COVID-19 Info & phone lines
BPD Awareness Week Conference
Flipping the Script 
BPD & GP's
Awards for BPD Specialists
What is Emptiness in BPD?
Flipping Treatment
NDIS Psychosocial Supports
ATSI Wellbeing Hub
Healthy Mind
Father's Day

Branch News

Get Involved
Survey - Emotion Regulation
Survey - Young People, Social Media
Petition - 40 visits for BPD
Buy a BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

Donate, Submissions, Subscribe


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

BPD Awareness Week National Conference 1-7 October
BPD Awareness Week'Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative on BPD' encourages people to change the way they think and talk about borderline personality disorder. 
The Foundation will hold a series of online events for clinicians, consumers and carers during BPD Awareness Week and combine the conference and awareness week activities. In addition ACT, SA and WA will be holding in-person events. It is essential to register for events as COVID-19 restrictions may change suddenly.

Online conference presentations:
  • Keynote Lois Choi-Khan (Director, Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute USA) presents the latest advances in treatment for BPD developed by the Institute
  • Early Intervention - panel discussion 
  • Interactive ‘meeting’ - for people with BPD led by a panel of peer advocates discussing how people are managing during these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19
  • Family/Carer webinar - in partnership with NEABPD
  • Sensory Modulation in BPD for clinicians - in partnership with MHPN BPD Clinical Networks
  • Latest Research - panel discussion
More details will be available on the 2020 Conference page soon. 

Face-to-face events scheduled:
  • ACT - Canberra - Oct 3 - BBQ/Picnic in the Park Register 
  • SA - Adelaide - October - panel discussion @ Flinders Uni TBC
  • WA - Perth - Oct 4 - Family Fun Day Register
To hold an event please email for more details.
Updates on events will be published online and in a special 'BPD Awareness Week Conference' edition of the eBulletin released in mid-September.

Flipping the Script - Invitation to Contribute!
BPD Awareness WeekTo enrich the 2020 Flipping the Script campaign on the BPD Awareness Week website we are inviting people to share their experiences of living with/supporting someone with BPD and how they flipped the script. Posters, lived experience voices and an Art Gallery will be available online. See guidelines on preferred language and how to contribute your stories and artwork.

BPD and GP's

Generally SpeakingThis RACGP podcast recorded last month for GP's features A/Prof Sathya Rao and Dr Louise Stone discussing key symptoms of BPD and agree that GP's are well placed to intervene early, and there is more scope for GPs to treat people experiencing symptoms. Listen to Podcast

Awards for BPD Specialists
Dr Sathya RaoThe RANZCP Victoria Branch Meritorious Award was recently awarded to A/Prof Sathya Rao in recognition of his contributions towards understanding and treating people living with BPD. 'Sathya has...transformed our approach to personality disorders from nihilism to hopefulness'. Read more
The Australian BPD Foundation's patron A/Prof Jo Beatson was awarded the College Citation in honour of special services to psychiatry. Read more

What is Emptiness in BPD?
Emptiness ResearchThis recent paper from Project Air Strategy reviews current literature with a focus on BPD that discussed chronic feelings of emptiness. It found that 'chronic emptiness may be related to depressive experiences unique to people with BPD' and that 'it is central to the experience of people with BPD, and treatment focusing on connecting with self and others may help alleviate a sense of emptiness'. Read more

Flipping Treatment on it's Head
Orygen Strengths basedOrygen researchers are exploring strengths-based approaches to therapy for cognitive functioning for young people experiencing first episode psychosis. This is likely to be more engaging than focusing on improving areas of cognitive weakness. Read more

NDIS - Training to support self-advocacy for Psychosocial Supports
IHMA logoThis online training package is for NDIS service providers assisting people to access support under the psychological disability stream. It covers everything from applying for the NDIS, to plans, appeals and reviews. Register

Wellbeing hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
WellMob logoWellMob brings together online resources made by and for First Peoples. It includes websites, apps, podcasts, videos, helplines, social media and online programs focusing on social and emotional wellbeing. WellMob is for all frontline health and wellbeing workers, including: community health and wellbeing workers, mental health workers, family support and education and youth services. Read more

Healthy Mind
Healthy MindDesigned by Black Dog Institute, this easy read app assists people with Intellectual Disability (ID) to recognise and regulate their thoughts and feelings. Healthy Mind

Men's Mental Health & Father's Day - 6 Sept 
MensLineAustralian men's health resource Mister Newsletter reminds us Father’s Day can bring up difficult thoughts and feelings for many people. MensLine has some tips and ideas to make it easier to cope. MensLine - 1300 78 99 78

RUOK? Day - 10th Septmeber
R U OK? dayThere's more to say after "R U OK?" Check out the conversation steps online to know what to say next.
(0.46m) View video

Foundation Branch News

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

Planning continues for the Consumer, Family & Carer Day to be held online on the 5th November as part of the International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders. 

The SA Branch are 'Flipping the Script' on gender based discrimination when diagnosing people living with BPD. Plans are underway for an event to be held in October at Flinders University.

The QLD Services Directory is still being collated – if you have any information you feel should be included please email us.

The WA Branch in collaboration with MIFWA has organised a picnic/bbq event on Saturday 3rd October for BPD Awareness Week.
Support the Foundation - click here to DONATE now!
The Australian BPD Foundation is group of volunteer consumers, carers and 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.

Mailing address: PO Box 942, Bayswater, Vic 3153.
P: 0458 469 274
Membership is FREE for individuals - click HERE to join now!
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Get Involved

Survey coming soon - Transition to telehealth during COVID-19: experiences of people living with BPD 

ABPDF logoSpectrum logoThe COVID-19 outbreak has led to considerable changes to our economy, society and healthcare system. Apart from the general community stress related to the pandemic itself, we have had to adapt to a range of challenges during the outbreak and especially during restrictions. This survey is a joint collaboration between the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service seeking to gather data around the experiences for people with BPD transitioning to telehealth. We are anxious to hear of your experiences – the ‘good, the bad and the ugly’ – to inform future direction around telehealth.

Share Your Story - Project Air Online Conference
Chance to ConnectThe Project Air Consumer, Family and Carer day will be held on November 5 as an online event with prerecorded talks. If you would like to be part of the day and share your experience and story, please email us by 14th September.  Read more

Survey - Emotion Regulation of Mothers during COVID-19
Pregnant womanA researcher from Swinburne Uni (Melbourne) is seeking participants for their project investigating the role of self-compassion and emotion regulation for the wellbeing of mothers with and without BPD symptoms, and how this may impact their own wellbeing and their ability to mindfully parent during COVID-19. Survey

Survey - Young people's mental health, social media & COVID-19
OrygenThis online Orygen research project is seeking to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of Australian young people, their use of different technologies at this time and the role that these technologies might play in supporting them. Participants must be between 16-25 years (incl). Survey

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD
ValidatedSoon to be presented to goverment! Currently there are just over 16,200 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 20,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your GP) to sign and keep the momentum going. The petition is requesting an increase in the number of funded visits for treating BPD by the MBS Better Access to Mental Health Initiative, from 10 sessions to 40 sessions, for BPD and other complex mental illnesses. Download & Print or Sign Online

BPD Bandannas
BillieHelp raise awareness of BPD with these gorgeous Bandannas
Order on Etsy
Bandannas are $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!

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide
Sophie: 3 things I know about BPD
ISophien this new video from The Drum's 3 Things I Know About... series, Sophie provides insights into how BPD affects her personally, and shares 3 things she knows about it -  that it helps to understand yourself, it's OK to seek help and it helps to talk about it. Sophie finds self-care becomes easier with a routine as muscle memory is developed, and believes the more she talks about it the less the stigma there will be. (3:55m) View Video

Webinar - Mindfulness, Mindlessness, and BPD
TARAThis webinar from TARA (USA) will describe the differences between true mindfulness and mindlessness, and consider observing vs inferring in the time of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Thurs Sept 3 - 7:00-8:00pm (US/Canada EDT)
Friday Sept 4 - 8:00am (WA) or 8:30am (SA/NT)
or 10:00 (ACT/NSW/QLD/TAS/VIC)

Online SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayRead transcript of August 25th Topic Tuesday
Managing your anxiety during uncertain times with WayAhead. Anxiety is a normal and natural reaction everyone experiences from time to time. Anxiety can become a problem and develops into different types of anxiety disorders for many when it affects how we want to live our lives. With the right support, we can learn to manage our anxiety and live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
September topic TBC. Details soon
October topic - BPD Awareness Week with special guest Julian from Spectrum. Tues Oct 6th @ 7pm AEDT Details soon

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

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

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.

Dialectical Behaviour Skills Group
BPD in ACTBPD Awareness ACT offers a variety of services including:
-  DBT Skills Training
-  Mentoring and Peer Support for people with BPD
-  DBT Information Seminars
-  BPD Awareness Raising Seminar
For information on 2020 programs please call, text or email Natalie 0415 111 894 or email or Facebook

Recovery College
ACT Recovery College logoThe ACT Recovery College is a FREE, non-judgemental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. 
Due to COVID-19 courses inTerm 3, 2020 will be online via Zoom. Email or follow Facebook 
Courses include:
Learning about Distress Tolerance (3 hr course)
Overcoming Self-Stigma (6 week course) 
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder (3 hr course)
Understanding Self - Harm (6 weeks) 

AGA Intersex Support Group
AGAA Gender + Agenda is a safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others. Conducts trainings, support groups and events.
Please note, like much of the ACT, AGA is in partial shut-down due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Please refer to this info sheet to find our more about our services and other supports during this time.

NT Mental Health Coalition
Peer Led My RecoveryMy Recovery Program (not BPD specific)
Programs in Darwin are scheduled to restart from mid-June. Programs will be conducted in Palmerston. View Peer Support video Contact or (08) 8948 2246 for future programs.  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. September Calendar includes Art Therapy, Music Therapy and a Men's Grooming Workshop. Details 

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. Drop in Centre open Tues-Thurs. 'Partners in Recovery' offers care coordination for people with complex needs. Not BPD specific. Details

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
Adelaide - Helen Mayo House - Sept
Murray Bridge 

Embracing BPD
Embracing BPD support groups have commenced for 2020. Facilitated by qualified Peer Support workers for sharing experiences and health coping mechanisms. Email and Facebook
Northbridge, Perth - Sept 2 (6:00-7:15pm AWST)

WA Peer Supporters’ Network
Free education and group supervision to build skills, sustain and thrive in your peer support role. Calendar
Ph (08) 9258 8911 or email
Cloverdale - Sept 3 (10:00am-12:30pm)

Workshop: Intentional Disclosure of Lived Experience for Peer Workers. More details: email
Cloverdale - Sept 9 (9:30am-2:00pm) 

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

When Your Child has BPD
Valerie PoorValerie Porr discusses the grief that a parent may feel when their child has BPD. She gently acknowledges that the person is separate from us, has to be willing to do the work of therapy themselves, and we may need to radically accept this. 1:49m View Video

BPD Family Guidelines
Family GuidelinesThese guidelines by John Gunderson and Cyntha Berkowitz provide some useful tips to support relationships with a family member experiencing BPD. They discuss how to approach goals, crises, collaboration and limits. Download

Young Carers - Online
Satellite Foundation logoThe Satellite Foundation is running a second Satellite Connect program. The 6 week program is online and free for young people 17-23 years. It provides a combination of education, support, lots of time to tell your own COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) story and to talk more generally about your worries with COVID-19. Read more
Online - Sept 21-Oct 26 (Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayRead transcript of July 28th Topic Tuesday
Setting Boundaries as a Carer - with ARAFMI.
Boundary setting is an important, albeit difficult, part of self-care when a loved one is living with complex mental health challenge. This may be harder and more complex for some than others. By setting boundaries, you are taking responsibility for how others treat you and your own needs seriously.
September topic TBC. Details
October topic - BPD Awareness Week with special guest Julian from Spectrum. Tues Oct 6th @ 7pm AEDT Details soon

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 and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register for next group in your area

Register first, and if you would like to attend one of the groups below, please also email to indicate your interest.
Groups delivered face-to-face with social distancing
QLD - Woolloongabba - Sep 4 -  Register On Hold - COVID-19
Rural Australia - Sep 21 - Register Teleconnections
SA - Edinburgh North - Oct 14 Register
New Zealand

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

Relationship Trauma Support Group
Relationship TraumaThe Mental Health Foundation  Australia provides a free support group for adults, family or friends. Usually held face-to-face in Melbourne, now online until further notice. Read more
Meetings 3rd Thursday of each month 7:00-9:00pm AEST
Online - Sept 17 - Register

BPD Loved Ones Support Group
This is a carer support group for anyone who loves and/or cares for a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with BPD or who has traits of BPD. Contact Natalie by email or 0415 111 894. Meetings held at Carers ACT, on the first Monday of each month Flyer

Holt, Canberra - Sept 7 - Confirm first by 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. New time - 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm - postponed
ARAFMI, 17 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519

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 at 5:00pm
Glenside Health Services, Admin & Learning Bldg 
Karrayarta Drive, Glenside, SA

Online via ZOOM - Sept 13 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

Online via Zoom - Sep 9 Register

Peer Work and the NDIS Induction Training Register 
Scheduled for April - postponed Register to be contacted with new dates.
Launceston, Hobart and Devonport
(03) 6228 7448 or

Hobart Clinic Support Group
Carer Support, not BPD specific. Details
(03) 6247 9960 or email
Supporting loved ones on their recovery journey - Sept 2 Register
Caring for someone with BPD - Oct 7 Register

Learning More about BPD: A One-Day workshop for Family & Friends (spectrum)
Online via Zoom - Sep 9 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

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

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

eGROW Carer Support
Not BPD specific. Now available online. This group is for carers of people with a mental illness and can help with support and connection to other services if needed. 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 9237-8900 or see Flyer
Online - 1st Thursday of each month  (Zoom)

Helping Minds
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

Resources - Australia Wide
Webinar -  Current Research on Effective Treatments for PTSD and BPD
Sashbear FoundationSashbear Foundation in Canada offer this this Zoom webinar by Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick on how PTSD overlaps with BPD, and how it can impact relationships (eg., family relationships). She will also review the current understanding of treatments for BPD and PTSD. View webinar (54:06m)

Guide for First Responders & Health Professionals in the Hospital Setting
Treatment ToolsThis Treatment Tool from Project Air Strategy covers general principles for compassionate care for first responders (police and ambulance) and people working in Emergency Departments and inpatient services. These steps outline best practice for health professionals to ensure people with personality disorders and their carers, family members and support persons receive appropriate and trauma- informed care. Download

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

Stage 3 - Core Competency Workshops
Core Competency coverThese 2-day workshops will roll out nationally once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are still open. NB: This is an EOI only
- numbers are strictly limited. You will receive an email to confirm your registration. 
EOI for 2020 workshops
Notify me about 2021 workshops

Conferences & Forums

14th International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders - Online - Nov 2020
Early Intervention
PA Conference logoProf. Carla Sharpe(USA) and Prof. Andrew Chanen (Vic) will be keynote speakers for the 2020 online conference focusing on Early Intervention. Scientific Conference (Friday) and Consumer, Family and Carer Day (Thursday)  Conference Flyer
Abstract submissions by 15th September
NSW - Wollongong & Online - Nov 5, 6, 7 Register

Mental Health across the Lifespan - Melbourne - Nov 2020
Towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system.
MHAL logoWith multiple Royal Commissions and Inquiries currently underway, there has never been a better time to work together towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system for all, where leaders & innovators across the mental health & related sectors can come to consider the issues. Details
VIC - Melbourne - Rescheduled to 24-25th November 2020

TheMHS Perth Conference - Perth - Feb 2021
Balancing the System
TheMHS Perth ConferenceIn addition to keynote presenters from Wales, USA and Germany, we will hear lived experience presenters from WA speaking about BPD. Registrations are on hold until confirmation from the Commonwealth Govt. Subscribe to newsletters for updates. Details
AUSTRALIA - Perth - 9-12th Feb 2021

ISST - Schema Therapy Conference - Denmark - June 2021
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

Save The Date! 
ISSPD - 17th World Congress - Norway - Oct 2021
Kaleidoscope Perspectives 

ISSPD Conference 2021The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders have announced the dates for their next Congress. Pre-congress workshop on Oct 12. Further details will be announced as they become available. Details
NORWAY - Oslo - 13-15th Oct 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 - Rescheduled to September 2022


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

AADANT Assoc of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies NT 

Navigating Complexity
Online - Sept 30 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.
Details and Register
Online  - Self-Paced learning

Working Relationally with BPD
Online - Sept 3 Details

Introduction to Family Therapy
Online - Sept 7, 8, 9, &10 Details

Blue Knot
All face-to-face courses have been postponed till further notice.
Blue Knot WebinarsWebinar - Managing Wellbeing when working with Complex Trauma
Online - Sept 15 - 2:00-3:00pm Register

Webinar - Creating Safety and Connection
Online - Sept 24 - 2:00-3:00pm Register

Webinar - Building Trauma Awareness
Online - Oct 1 - 2:00-3:00pm Register

Facilitator Training
Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts
DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program, incorporating hand-drumming and proven to build resilience and show measurable changes in social behaviour. Three day training.
WA - Margaret River - Sept 1-3 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
Anthony BatemanProfessor Anthony Bateman was planned to be delivering accredited  Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) trainings in Australia in 2020. Check here for  details of future trainings as they become available.


Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
Contact for further details
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.

BPD Awareness Week MHPN BPD networks combined event
An overview of using Sensory Modulation with people with BPD
Online - Oct 6 - 6pm (AEDT) Details

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North  
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory
Contact Ashleigh at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

Mental Health Victoria
Behaviours of Concern
Develop strategies and build skills to effectively respond to behaviours of concern. Semester 2 calendar - all courses online
Online - Oct 28 & 29 9:30am-1:00pm AEDT Register

NSW Health - Illawarra Shoalhaven 
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High - For Professionals
Workshops have been postponed, but registrations remain open as we will endeavour to try and deliver when our isolation has lifted. Details

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details

Relational formation (Advanced)
Online - Sep 16 Register

Early intervention for BPD
Online - Sep 22 Register

Rethinking first episode psychosis and BPD
VIC - Parkville - Nov 19 Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Brief Interventions Toolkit

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

Safe In Oz
Introduction to Working with Individuals who have Self-destructive Behaviours Register
WA - Karratha - Sep 3 & 4 Register
WA - Wyndham - Sep 14 & 15 Register
WA - Kununurra - Sep 17 & 18 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

Schema Therapy Centre of NSW
Experienceing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out - Retreat
NSW - Sydney - Oct 22 Details

All workshops postponed until August, please check website for details or Eventbrite

Q & A Session
Open to any mental health clinician who has practice or theory questions or issues related to their practice working with people with BPD). Hosted by Peter Smith, Marianne Weddell and Pip Bradley.
Online via Zoom - Sep 25 (9:30am-11:00am) Register

Foundation Training for Working with People with BPD (1 day)
VIC - Richmond - Oct 5 - Register

DBT: Intermediate Training (1day)
VIC - Richmond - Nov 12 - Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
De-escalation Skills
WA - Perth - Sept 7 Register Face to Face

Older People and Mental Health
WA - Perth - Sept 9 Register Face to Face

Self-care and Boundaries
WA - Perth - Sept 23 Register Face to Face


Please use this as a place to inform our community of any job vacancies or offers of mentoring. A fee may apply. Contact us by email

Helplines - 24 hour

COVID-19 Supports
National Caronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080 
State information 
Telehealth - Bulk Billed appointments by phone/video until 30 Sept 2020
Beyond Blue
Are You OK?
Head to Health 

COVID-19 Resources
Translated printed resources and video/audio
Aboriginal languages 
Easy Read English 
Young people and their parents
Older Australians
Health Care workers - free Infection Control Training

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).
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Information in this eBulletin was compiled by Karen Bailey. The Foundation welcomes your contributions and suggestions of relevant BPD information for our eBulletin and quarterly newsletter 'The BPD Advocate'.  Please email us.
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