June 2020 - eBulletin - Issue 35

In this issue...
COVID-19 Info & phone lines
BPD Awareness Week 2020 
Ambassador BPD Awareness Week
BPD Collaborative SA 
Impact of COVID-19 on BPD
Vic Royal Commission
Sashbear BPD Webinars

Branch News

Get Involved
Study - BPD & Hearing Voices
Study - BPD & Social Processing
Survey - Carer Survey 2020
Petition - 40 visits for BPD
Buy a BPD Bandana

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

Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative on BPD
We are excited to announce the BPD Awareness Week and Conference theme for 2020. Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative on BPD. was the overwhelming response to our social media poll. Thank-you to everyone who commented. As one contributor said "Let's end the stigma and reclaim our own story!" To get things started we invite you to send in pics/stories/artwork etc illustrating a time you ‘flipped the script’ and did a reframe  - perhaps seeing a cup as half empty and ‘flipping it' to see it as half full. Send your contributions to
#bpdawarnessweek2020 #flippingthescript #flippingthescriptonbpd #changingthenarrativeonbpd #bpdawarenessweek #strongerthanstigma #bpdcarer #bpdwarrior #livingwithbpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #australianbpdfoundation #bpd #abpdf #ozbpd

Ambassador - BPD Awareness Week 2020
Prof Henry JacksonIntroducing Prof. Henry Jackson our Ambassador for 2020! Henry is a Professor Emeritus, formerly at the University of Melbourne. His work has been widely published, he has supervised PhD research, and attracted over $19 million in research funding. Henry has made a significant contribution through his research into youth mental health and severe mental illness, collaborating with Prof. Patrick McGorry on a psychosis research program and also with Prof. Andrew Chanen and Dr Louise McCutcheon on the first international early intervention clinical service and research program for youth with BPD. Read more
Ed: Read the forthcoming Winter edition of The BPD Advocate newsletter to learn more about Prof. Jackson's support for BPD Awareness Week. 

BPD Collaborative South Australia - Website update
BPD CoBPDCo's revamped website reveals that the Assessment and Brief Intervention Clinics (ABICs) are currently in development. They will be rolled out to 1 or 2 Local Health Networks (LHNs) across South Australia. Lived-experience groups are also in development and will be run when restrictions are lifted. Referrals for shared care can be made through the LHNs (A BPDCo clinician will be co-located in each LHN. Map) GPs, private/public psychiatrists can directly refer to BPDCo's Psychiatry Assessment Clinic for a second opinion. Additionally, a Duty Worker (not a crisis service) is available to answer queries from 9:00-5:00pm weekdays on or

The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals With BPD
McLean HospitalThis helpful article from the Mclean Hospital at Harvard Uni USA) explains “there are four key areas of BPD symptoms - emotional, behavioral, interpersonal, and identity-related problems. COVID-19 affects each of these areas in some way.” Brandon Unruh, MD., suggests people seek more connection, make a Communication Plan, and focus on Self-Care and 'Meaning Making'. Read more

Royal Commission Vic Mental Health System - Witness Statements
Indigo DayaIndigo Daya presented her witness statement to the Royal Commission in May. Indigo speaks with deep knowledge of the Victorian Mental Health system. She has received multiple diagnoses including depression, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and BPD. Her witness statement discusses the recovery needs of people who have experienced trauma. While a trauma-informed approach prevents further trauma, more recovery-oriented trauma specialist services are required to support healing and recovery. She recommends some changes to the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic), suggests ways to support the mental health workforce, and highlights the value of including peer workers, families, carers and personal support networks. Read the ABC News article. Download witness statement ***Trigger warning - child sexual assault, self harm and trauma***

Sashbear Webinar Series
Sashbear FoundationSashbear Foundation in Canada held their annual Sashbear Walk online this year for BPD Awareness Month (held in May in US/Canada/UK). They are following it with a series of webinars throughout June. Note: only LIVE (not recorded).

Discover Mindfulness: What is it and What it Isn't Register
June 3 - 7pm (US/Canada)
June 4 - 8am (WA)
              8:30am (SA/NT)
              10am (AEST=ACT/NSW/QLD/TAS/VIC)  

Understanding Emotion Dysregulation in BPD Register
June 17 - 4:30pm (US/Canada)
June 18 - 6:30am (AEST)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Emotion Dysregulation Register
June 24 - 7pm (US/Canada)
June 25 - 9am (AEST)

NDIS - Stage 2
Reimagine WorkbookThe website supports people living with mental health conditions to navigate the NDIS. Stage 2 was launched on 29th May and it now includes new resources co-designed in a peer-led project. Videos explain what is meant by goals, reasonable supports, developing your plan and much more. An APP to help people store NDIS info, Skill building resources and more. Download Workbook to record details for your NDIS applicaition.

Foundation Branch News

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

Our meeting this month was held by ZOOM, where we were joined by WA chair Samantha Scott who collaborated on our feedback statement to the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist on the draft Philosophy of Care for the proposed SA Urgent Mental Health Care Centre. We also welcome back Aaron Fornarino to the SA committee!

Due to COVID-19 no meetings have been held since the February meeting which focused on fundraising ideas. The Queensland Directory is in development and we are seeking expressions of interest to continue work on this project.

Due to COVID-19 we have rescheduled our May combined Branch & MHPN meeting to June. Guest speaker Julian Nolan will discuss his research on 'Working with BPD & Sexual Diversity'. We are now preparing to have a ZOOM meeting and are extending an invitation to all branches and clinicians Australia-wide. See details below in Training section below (scroll to MHPN entry)

We held a very successful in collaboration with the BPD Mental Health Professionals Network via ZOOM on 'Navigating Change". We sadly say farewell to Sharon Karas, co-chair of the WA Branch Committee. We thank you for your time and commitment to improving the lives of people impacted by BPD in WA, and wish you well in your future endevours.
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Study - BPD & Hearing Voices 
BPD Not Hearing VoicesPeople who have been diagnosed with BPD and DO NOT experience auditory hallucinations are invited to contribute to the study. Interviews by phone (1 or 2 sessions). $50 gift card as a token of appreciation. Research study or email Zalie on

Study - BPD Traits and/or Substance Use and Social Processing
Social Processing StudyMonash Uni and Spectrum are exploring how differences in social processing are associated with social functioning to understand the real-life social impacts of the different ways people perceive and interact in their social environment. Conducted via ZOOM and a $60 Coles/Myer gift card is offered for your time. Read more or email

Survey - 2020 National Carer Survey
Carer SurveyBy sharing your opinions and experiences, you will help the National Network of Carer Associations advocate for greater recognition and support of carers across Australia. Read more or Complete Survey

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD

ValidatedCurrently there are just over 15,800 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

ACNC logoWe welcome your donations to assist the Foundation to Support, Promote and Advocate for people impacted by BPD, and to bring you this eBulletin and BPD Advocate Newsletter. You can choose from any of these platforms, or donate directly to us at:
Australian BPD Foundation
My Cause
My Giving Circle
Good to Give (employer pre-tax deductions)
Beyond Bank (earn high interest, while the bank donates to us)
The Foundation is a registered Charity with DGR status, contributions over $2 can be claimed as a tax deduction.

BPD Bandannas (order via Etsy)
Dayna's DogsHelp 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! Dayna's Duo pose for our bandanna this month - send in your pics for us to share!

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

Webinar - Keeping Connected - Rural and Remote
Our ConnectionMs Lyn English AM (lived-experience advocate) will be considering the issue of how people manage the additional isolation and then cope with heightened mental health issues when there are no or limited services on the ground? Dr Jennifer Bowers (retired CEO) will explore rural & remote issues and what programs and practical information could assist people in areas where environmental isolation is the norm. Our Connection Wednesday Webinars are free. They are coordinated by Lived Experience Australia (LEA) to bring our mental health community together in a sense of belonging and to offer support to each other during this time. Wednesday Jun 17 at 2:00pm.  Register and view past webinars (not BPD specific)

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdayJune 'Topic Tuesday' 7-8pm AEST to be confirmed. 
Read transcript of May 27th 'Topic Tuesday' Online Mindfulness Group hosted by guest facilitator:SANE Counsellor, Amour_Et_Psyché!

YoMeditationu may like to play the 6 minute meditation that participants listened to during the session Forgiving Yourself Meditation (Heal and Let Go)

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 ACTFor information on 2020 programs please call, text or email Natalie 0415 111 894 or

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. 
Staff are now working from home and continue to work diligently on plans to continue courses through an online platform and will advise further once arrangements are in place. To remain connected and updated, follow us on Facebook 

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
My Recovery Program 
Programs in Darwin are scheduled to restart from mid-June. Program 1 will be on a Tuesday evening (one session per week) in Palmerston. Program 2 will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoon (two sessions per week) also in Palmerston.  My Recovery is part of a Peer Led Education Pilot being coordinated by the NT Mental Health Coalition and evaluated by Menzies School of Health Research. Details 
Contact or (08) 8948 2246 for future programs

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 commending from 10th June in Palmerston and rural areas. June calendar and Website

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. 'Day to Day Living' is a community based program of structured activities for people living with mental distress. Drop in Centre open Tues-Thurs. 'Partners in Recovery' offers care coordination for people with complex needs. Not BPD specific. Details

Promoting Peer Work in the NT Free training for peer workers and organisations.

Group therapy program for women living with BPD during the child's first years. Adapted from DBT, it supports parenting skills early in the infant’s development.
Enquiries - 1300 898 213
Fax Referral 1300 580 249

WA Peer Supporters’ Network
Free education and group supervision to build skills, sustain and thrive in your peer support role. Calendar
Enquiries - 9258 8911 or
East Perth - Claisebrook Lotteries House, 33 Moore St.

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

NEA-BPD WebinarPaule de Valdivia explores validation - a way to communicate that we understand a person's experience. She shares some skills, and provides examples of how to use them effectively. This is one of a series offered by NEABPD in the USA, during COVID-19 for carers while waiting to participate in a Family Connections program. 1:14hr View webinar

Caring for Carers - Getting the Detail
Our ConnectionSharon Lawn (partner) will be sharing ideas on some of the issues carers of people with mental health issues are facing and Sarah Sutton (sister) will be discussing activities and routines, and practical ways to access support and look after yourself. Our Connection Wednesday Webinars are coordinated by Lived Experience Australia (LEA) to bring our mental health community together in a sense of belonging and to offer support to each other during this time. Wednesday Jun 3 at 2:00pm.  Register and view past webinars (not BPD specific)

The Challenge of being the Carer in Isolation
Hobart ClinicThe Hobart Clinic (TAS) have a free telehealth group via ZOOM as an opportunity to gain support and ideas on how to handle these interesting times. They will look at strategies to help cope as a carer at the moment. Register
June 3 - 4:00-5:30pm (AEST)

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logoJune 'Topic Tuesday' 7-8pm AEST to be confirmed. 

MaSelf Care Bingoy 'Topic Tuesday'' was replaced with Wellbeing Week during the last week of May with the theme of Self-Care Bingo Throughout the week participants referred to the bingo card (printing it was helpful) and crossed off tiles at home when they did an activity on it. They posted about how they were going, and shared their  thoughts or experiences doing it.

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 via TELECONNECTIONS due to COVID-19
VIC - East Coast - June 18 (Thurs 6:00-8:00pm) Register (FULL, waitlist)

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


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 - 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 - June 9 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 TASCarer Support  (Not BPD Specific)
Hobart Clinic - Postponed - (03) 6247 9960

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

Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Register


Learning More about BPD: A One-Day workshop for Family & Friends
Richmond - May 29 - Postponed 
To be contacted when workshops recommence Register Expression Of Interest 

Support group for Relationship Trauma
Meet 1st Friday of the month from 7pm - 8:30pm Register
Mental Health Foundation Australia
Suite J, 450 Chapel St, South Yarra, Vic 3141
South Yarra - Cancelled

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 - Cancelled - at Coonara Community House. Contact EACH (03) 8720 2500 Details

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

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 (08) 9237 8900 or see online Details

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

Tackling a Treatment Crisis 
CAMH BPD Clinic CanadaUp-to-date research shows that well-structured, shorter treatments can be effective for many people. The Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health analysed the impact of a shorter course of standard DBT treatment they developed to address the demand for treatment now that people know BPD is treatable and more people are interested in receiving treatment. View video and read the findings on Brief DBT Skills vs Standard DBT Download Findings

Modified DBT Manual for Substance Abuse Group Therapy
Modified DBT for D&AMission Australia produced this modified DBT group therapy manual for clinicians working with adolescents and young adults experiencing substance misuse. It was designed for Triple Care Farm student groups in consultation with Project Air Strategy for delivery in a 12 week time-frame, and is available for wider clinical use. 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

Royal Australian College of GPs 
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. (60 mins, CPD: 2 points) Details
Available to RACGP members via

Conferences & Forums

Working with people with BPD - Tasmania
Tasmania flyerThis workshop by A/Prof Sathya Rao will be presented in Tasmania on a date to be confirmed. Catering for mental health clinicians, it will cover working with people with complex diagnoses, inpatient/outpatient settings and managing NSSI and suicidal ideation. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the complex clinical situations that you come across in your clinical practice. Refreshments provided. Flyer 
TAS - Sandy Bay - Postponed, date TBC Details

ISST Biennial Conference - Copenhagen - June
Inspire 2020 - Reinventing the Therapeutic Relationship
Inspire 2020 logoThis conference has been rescheduled, and current participants have been automatically enrolled in the Virtual Summit. Conference rescheduled to June 24-25, 2021 Details

Spectrum Conference 2020 - Melbourne - Cancelled
Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization (MBT) Approach
Spectrum ConferenceDue to COVID-19 travel restrictions Prof Anthony Bateman will not be able to travel to Australia. We will announce new arrangements when available. 
VIC - Melbourne - to be confirmed

14th International Conference for the Treatment of Personality Disorders - Wollongong, NSW - Nov
PA LogoAbstract submissions for the Scientific Conference (Friday) and Consumer, Family and Carer Day (Thursday) are now open. Send your ideas for an original presentation (e.g. new research, treatment approach, or a consumer or carer perspective) or poster proposal (e.g. on a new service innovation) to with a 250-word summary by 1st May. Conference Details
NSW - Wollongong - Nov 5, 6, 7

Mental Health across the Lifespan - Melbourne - Nov
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

CMHA - 3rd National NDIS & Mental Health Conference - Adelaide - Feb 2021

NDIS & MH logoThe 3rd National NDIS Mental Health Conference streams explore lived experience, innovation, human rights and the interface. The NDIS rollout is largely complete, and each state has had its learnings and takeaways. Now is the time for us to come together to share our experience and look at what comes next. Topics will cover Innovation, Interface, Human Rights & Social Equity and Lived Experience Workforce & Leadership. Register
SA - Adelaide - Rescheduled to 4-5th February 2021

6th International Congress on BPD and Allied Disorders 2020 - Belgium - Sept 2022
Change for a better future: Perspectives beyond symptom
ESSPD logoTake the opportunity to actively shape the scientific programme by submitting a Symposium, Oral Presentation or a Poster. Submission deadline: 28 March 2020 Details
BELGIUM - Antwerp - Rescheduled to September 2022


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

AADANT Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies NT 

Working therapeutically with clients (level 2)
NT - Darwin - Jun 22 Register

Bouverie Centre
Families & Trauma Work: Introduction
Details and Register
VIC - Brunswick - Jun 18 - 9:30-4:30

Blue Knot
All face-to-face courses have been postponed till further notice.
Blue Knot Webinars

Webinar - Building Trauma Awareness 
Foundational knowledge in the area of Complex Trauma
June 30 2pm-3pm Register

Webinar - Wellbeing and Emotional Awareness when working with Complex Trauma 
June 16 - 2:00pm-3:30pm Sold Out
July 7 - 11:00am-12:30pm Register

Webinar - Creating Safety and Connection 
June 2 - 11:00am-12:00pm Sold Out
June 23 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Sold Out
July 14 - 11:00pm-12:00pm 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.
NSW - Sydney - Aug 18 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

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.

Online - Working with BPD & Sexual Diversity  
You are invited to the next meeting of the Victorian  BPD MHPN Network. This invitation has been extended to members of BPD MHPN’s across states as it will be delivered online via ZOOM. (The login link will be sent to you once you have registered)
June 4 - 7:00pm (AEST) Flyer & Register

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North  
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory
Victoria - June 4 - Working with BPD & Sexual Diversity  - Register
Contact Ashleigh at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

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

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Rethinking 1st episode Psychosis & BPD
This workshop explores co-occuring FEP and borderline personality disorder, including the different principles of early intervention.  Register
VIC - Parkville - June 10

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

Project Air Strategy
We are not currently taking registrations for face to face training. Please see our Online Training.

Safe In Oz
As of the 23rd March 2020 training workshops are non-essential services so SAFE in Oz will review the circumstances as advised by the Australian Government. We have cancelled the 2 workshops coming up in SA and will defer the other workshops until further notice. We will let you know once we get the ok to start training again in the future. Calendar

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

Training Calendar 2020 Download
All workshops postponed until August, please check website for details

An Intro to DBT (2-day workshop)
VIC - Richmond - Aug 13 Register

Applying DBT in Private Practice
VIC - Richmond - Sept 14 Register

Voices Vic
Online - The Hearing Voices Approach
This 3-day training uses the peer-led recovery model that provides tools for mental health professionals, people with lived experience, or carers, to assist people to alleviate distress associated with voices. Read more or register
July 14, 15 & 21 - 9:30am-3:00pm

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
All courses suspended Read more
In the interim, follow the Mental Health Week 2020 Facebook page for tips, advice, and support during this time.


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 

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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