Sept 2021 - eBulletin - Issue 49 

In this issue...
COVID-19 phone lines
BPD Awareness Week 2021 
Donate - My Cause
Benefits of Art & Creativity
'Borderline' in the Theatre
Big Feels @ Work
Overcoming Adversity for Parenting
Safe Haven Cafes
WA Peer Pathways
R U OK Day
Mental Health Week

Get Involved
Study - Exploring Lived Experience
Study - Personality Traits

Study - Parent Education
Study - Coming Up for AIR
Study - Adolescent Self-Harm
Pledge - National BPD Consensus Statement

Fundraising - BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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Consensus Statement
One Day at a Time
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Helplines & COVID-19 Information

BPD Awareness Week 2021
BPDAW info poster'Discover Creative Wellbeing'

Feel free to share this information flyer with your community to announce the 2021 theme for BPD Awareness Week. You may like to start some conversations about what type of event you could host to build connections and raise awareness of BPD.
Download Info flyer

Ambassador - Rita Brown, president of the Australian BPD Foundation is this years' Ambassador, and will be opening the Consumer, Family and Carer Day at Project Air's International Treatment of Personality Disorder Conference.

Share Your Story - Your story can be incredibly impactful and supportive for other people who may be experiencing similar challenges living with BPD. Share the ‘gems of wisdom’ you have learnt in your own journey:

SA - Adelaide - Sunday Oct 3 - Picnic TBC
WA - Perth - Sunday Oct 3 - BBQ/Picnic

To be part of the 2021 campaign, please contact

Donate - My Cause
MyCause logoBPD Awareness Week 2021 has launched! As the campaign coordinator, the Australian BPD Foundation is now accepting tax-deductible donations to assist with refreshing the website and developing new resources for the 2021 campaign 'Discover Creative Wellbeing'. Donate now

Benefits of Art & Creativity for Mental Health
headspace sessions podcast logoMindshare vollies Nate (visual artist) and Tayla (artist/musician) joined the headspace Adelaide team on their podcast to chat about the benefits of art and creativity for mental health! In this podcast we are exploring getting into life with our friends at mindshare. Achieving small tasks and doing things you enjoy can boost your confidence and lift your mood – helping you keep a healthy headspace. Listen to us chat through what we like to do to get into life. Listen to Podcast

Creativity in the Theatre - 'Borderline'
Evelyn SnookEvelyn's independent theatre production 'Borderline' explores the experience of growing up and living with BPD. The July 2021 season at the Blue Room (WA) included poetry, puppetry, shadow art and plenty of dance breaks. Read review

Big Feels @ Work
Beg Feels @ WorkThis series of podcasts is for mental health professionals with lived experience of big feelings. Each 20-minute episode aims to tackle a different aspect of the 'work + big feels equation' - and to help you feel a little less alone in the process. Read more and listen here

Overcoming Adversity to support Parenting
Overcoming adversityThis Emerging Minds podcast explores working with women and children who have experienced trauma and disadvantage. Episode 2 in the series has a focus on modelling to help mothers understand how their child is feeling, supporting them with emotional regulation and distress tolerance, and noticing how this growing ‘mindful awareness’ helps them to respond to their child from a calmer space. Listen to podcast

Safe Spaces & Safe Haven Cafes
Safe Haven CafeSafe Spaces or Safe Haven cafes are an alternative to the Emergency Department for free mental health support, and aim to reduce the incidence of suicide. Life in Mind has prepared this summary as they roll out around Australia. Read more
VIC - Melbourne, St Vincents Hospital Details 0418 315 486
NSW - Macarthur  - Details
NSW - Broken Hill - Mission Australia Details 0418 442 767
TAS - East Coast (mobile van) Details and Facebook
QLD - Chermside - Prince Charles Hospital Details

WA - Peer Pathways - (08) 9447 2809
Peer PathwaysCoMHWA’s Peer Pathways project is a West Australian, Statewide helpline for people with mental health challenges to find the supports needed to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Our Peer Navigators are trained clinicians, and will assist you, your family and your carers to navigate services across the State. Available 9am-5pm M-F (AWST) Read more

R U OK Day -  9 September
R u OK?Life's ups and downs happen to all of us, and we are aware that many people with BPD are really struggling now with all the uncertainties surrounding lockdowns and COVID-19. R U Ok Day is a campaign to remind everyone that your genuine support can make a difference whatever they may be experiencing at the time.  Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going on this, or any other day. R U OK? website offers some tips on how to start the conversation.  Read more

Mental Health Week/Month - October
Mental Health Week/Month is a yearly reminder of the responsibility we all share to reach out and support those in the community who Mental Health Monthsuffer with mental health. Each year 1 in 5 of us will experience a mental health issue, and will do better with compassion and support.
ACT - Connect, Support, Empower (1-30 Oct)
NSW - Tune In (1-30 Oct)  (9-16 Oct)
NT - Connect to Wellbeing (10-17 Oct) Grants
QLD - Take Time for Mental Health (9-17 Oct)
SA - We All Have a Role to Play (1-30 Oct)
TAS - Awareness, Belonging, Connection (9-16 Oct)
VIC - Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges & Resilience (1-30 Oct)
WA - Mental Health starts with our Children (9-16 Oct)
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
Support the Foundation - click here to DONATE now!
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Get Involved

Study - Personality Traits and Social Processing 
Swinburne Uni logoThis study at Monash University is seeking MALES with BPD and/or substance use disorder to participate in an initial 90- minute online survey, 45 minute session (online/face-to-face) and a final 30 minute online survey 3 months later. Participants receive $60 in vouchers reimbursement for their time. Email

Study - Parent Education Responding to Suicidal Thoughts
Orygen logoOrygen's Parent Education for Responding to and Supporting Youth with Suicidal Thoughts (PERSYST) study aims to improve parents’ capacity to support young people at risk of suicide. Participants who complete training & 3 questionnaires receive a $25 Coles Myer voucher. More details

Study - Coming Up for AIR (SA only)
Coming up for AIRFree 4-week parenting program for parents (18 and over) living with BPD who are currently parenting a child (0-3yrs). the study will evaluate the impact of the program. You may enrol even if you do not wish to participate in the research. To register, email BPD Co or phone (08) 7425 6500. For research details, email Kayla at Project Air or phone (02) 4298 1571. See flyers South and North for more details.

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

Pledge - National BPD Consensus Statement 
Consensus StatementWe invite YOU to pledge your support as we advocate for timely and equitable access to national treatment and support.The Australian BPD Foundation coordinated the 'National Consensus Statement: By With and For People Impacted by BPD' . Endorsed by many organisations in the Australian mental health sector, it has been presented to Greg Hunt MP with the petition signatures. Read More 

Fundraising - 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 on Etsy

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide

What is a Peer Worker?
JackieJackie is a peer worker with people with lived experience of personality disorder. In this video from Project Air she says 'When clinical and non-clinical workers collaborate we get the best outcomes for our people with lived experience and their families'. (9:10m) View video
Creative Self Regulation
Blue Knot Creative Self RegulationExpressive arts have been used throughout history as a way to non-verbally express ourselves. It engages the right brain and taps into the creative parts of ourselves that are key to healing. In this video from Blue Knot Foundation Psychotherapist & Art Therapist Jane Daisley Snow takes us through two easy art exercises to use at home to relax and engage the body to release tension. (13:26m) View Video

Coping Strategies
Coping StrategiesThis fact sheet from Blue Knot Foundation  explains how coping strategies develop, suggests options for compassionate responses, and highlights the importance of not removing a person's coping strategies until they have developed alternative resource to help them cope. Download

BlueKnot Workshops for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Abuse
BlueKnot WorkshopsWorkshop for adult survivors who have experienced any form of childhood trauma and/or abuse. This includes emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, a parent with a mental illness, was suicidal, or with other forms of separation or loss. Read more
QLD - Brisbane - Sept 18 Register
NT - Darwin - Sept 25 Register

SANE Special Events 
Topic TuesdaySept topic TBC  7:00-8:30pm AEST 
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesday
Aug 31 Healthy Relationships in Lockdown
Aug 3 Grief and Loss

SANE Group Chat 
Online - Sept 9 - 7:00-8:00pm Gratitude

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

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

DBT Skills Group Program 2021
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 Download flyer 

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

The Friday Centre - Peer navigation service for info & referrals.
Turner - Sept 3 -  Register

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. Compiled by people with lived experience. 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.  Led by peers – people with their own lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery. 

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

TEMHCO - Top End Mental Health
Events in Palmerston and rural areas. Details 

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

Urgent Mental Health Care Centre 
UMHCC logoWalk-in service to support you through a crisis as an alternative to going to ED. Using a combination of peer-led recovery and clinical support, they provide evidence-based, caring, safe and inclusive urgent mental health support. Arrive between 12pm and 10:30pm 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 and over) living with BPD who are currently parenting a child (0-3yrs). Variety of start dates. Contact BPD Co on (08) 7425 6500 or email
Christies Beach – 2 Sep, 14 Oct, 18 Nov. Flyer
Elizabeth Grove – 11 Oct, 15 Nov. Flyer

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

Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)
YETI logoYETI supports young people who live in Far North Queensland from our safe, free and friendly space in Cairns. Your Story. Your Strength. If you are between 12-25 years old you can access YETI´s programs and services. Details

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 Cafe
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne  Details and COVID procedures

WA Recovery College 
WARCA offers pathways to explore personal growth and new perspectives, broaden experience and form connections. Courses offer opportunities to gain understanding of self and meaning through positive experiences. (Not BPD specific) Details

Safe Haven Cafe 
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) Semester 2 Training Calendar
Introduction to Peer Group Facilitation
Cloverdale - Sep 8  Register or (08) 9258 8911
Speak Up, Be Heard
Cloverdale - Sep 29 Register or (08) 9258 8911

WA Peer Supporters’ Network
Free education and group supervision to build skills, sustain and thrive in your peer support role. (Not BPD specific) Ph (08) 9258 8911 or email or view Calendar
Cloverdale -  Sep 2

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

For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide

Carer Peer Work with Natalie Malcolmson
Natalie MalcolmsonNatalie talks about being a carer peer worker supporting families, partners and carers living with personality disorder. In this new video from Project Air Strategy. she explains that a carer peer worker can relate to your experiences. They will also ensure you have accurate information, and remind you that recovery is possible and that it may take time. (10:35m) View video

Grace's Carer Story - One Day at a Time
One Day at a timeGrace did not initially recognise she was a 'carer' after her daughter's diagnosis of BPD and co-occurring illnesses. She sought information and support from Carer Services, and heard from others going through similar experiences, leant about safety plans, risk assessments and self-care. Read more

BPD Info Guide for Families
BPD Info guide for familiesThis practical guide from Canada provides valuable information for people supporting someone living with BPD. It explains BPD, stigma, treatments and co-occurring addiction problems, then discusses managing a crisis, consent, and legal concerns. It concludes with self-care and reminds us that recovery is possible. Download

Family Connections Alumni Institute
FC logoThis new US Alumni program is specifically for FC graduates (worldwide). It is designed to encourage continued personal growth after FC through a bi-monthly 'Beyond FC' webinar and a 'FC Skills Reboot' Zoom class to review modules skills. You will receive an invitation to join after completing the program. Register for FC or email if you have already completed a program.

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Topic TuesdaySeptember Topic TBC
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesdays
Self Care for Carers July 20th

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!  See their Guides

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

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

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

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

Step 2 - Email to indicate your preferred group
SA - Unley - 9 Sept July - 6:00-8:00pm Register
New Zealand - Contact details

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

Mental Health First Aid Courses
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 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. 2021 Flyer Contact
 email or 0415 111 894 or Facebook for details
Meet 1st Monday of each month 5:30pm at Carers ACT 

Holt, Canberra - Sep 6

My Sanctuary Support Group 
For carers of people who live with BPD. Contact ARAFMI by email or ph (02) 4283 3993 or text 0450 414 597 or Facebook for details
Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm
Fairy Meadows - Sep 14

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
Full day workshop for families, partners and friends supporting a person who has overwhelming emotions, impulsive or aggressive behaviours, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. Details
Contact STRIDE Family & Carer Program (02) 4229 7254 or 442 1547
Campbelltown - Sep 6
Mortdale - Oct 22
Port Kembla - Oct 26
Inverell - Nov 11

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

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

Sep 14  - Face-to-Face at Glenside AND online - see website 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. Details
Meet online fortnightly on Wed at 6:30pm

Online - Sep 1 - Recognising Burnout 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

Learning More about BPD: For Families and Friends
This 1-day workshop by Spectrum is for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD (or a likely diagnosis. It provides info about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for yourselves.
Richmond - Sep 28 - 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 - Sep 20

BPD Community Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Details
South Melbourne - Sep 21

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 - Sep 8

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

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). Contact Caroline at MIFWA (08) 9237-8900 or see Flyer
Online - 1st Thursday of each month (Zoom)

For Clinicians / Researchers

Online Resources

DBT for youth in Far North Queensland
DBT in FNQThis study published in Advances in Mental Health concluded 'it is feasible to deliver a high fidelity DBT programme to youth in a regional centre in Australia and achieve reductions in symptoms and use of hospital and emergency services in a regional public mental health service'. View video

Guidelines - Early Identification of Personality Disorder NEW!
Early identification of PDThis article shared by the RACGP is for busy practitioners working with young people with suicide risk, self-harm and emerging personality disorder. Interventions require a coordinated response that engages the young person, their caregivers, and health and school professionals. Read more

Research - Understanding chronic feelings of emptiness in BPD: A qualitative study NEW!
Research PaperThis paper from Project Air researchers was published last month. It aimed to understand the experience of chronic emptiness, the cognitions, emotions and behaviours linked to emptiness, and clarify the differences between chronic emptiness and hopelessness, loneliness and depression. Read more

Research - Narcissistic traits in Young People NEW!
Research Narcissistic traitsYoung people with vulnerable narcissistic traits appear to have more maladaptive ways of relating to themselves and others. This recent Project Air study 'investigated how the experience of shame may be a mechanism by which vulnerable and grandiose pathological narcissism relates to negative and positive internalised models of the self and others, manifested as attachment styles'. Read more

BPD Guide for GP's 
BPD for GPs book coverSpectrum Personality Disorder Service is pleased to launch 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 logoStage 1 - Webinars
6 online webinars View webinars
Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
5 online modules - ‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ for mental health workers and service providers. Completed sequentially, each module takes approx 60 mins. Certificate issued. Complete Modules

Stage 3 - Core Competency Workshops
2-day workshops. Registrations closed. More details 

Stage 4 - Post-training support
Currently in development.

Conferences / Forums

Spectrum Annual Conference - Online - Oct 
Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization-Based Approach
Spectrum Conference flyerKeynote: Professor Anthony Bateman will be presenting 2 keynote addresses. MBT experts across Australia will showcase how treatment is being taken up nationally in a variety of settings, and you will hear from consumers in a panel discussion about their experiences with MBT. More details and Flyer and Program
Early bird $150 before FRI 3rd SEPT!
Online - 1 Oct 2021 Register 

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

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

TheMHS Conference - Online - Oct
Hope into Action
TheMHS logoThis is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embed diverse community voices and lived experience at the centre of mental health system design and delivery. And to fully embrace the wisdom of First Nations approaches. Provisional Program available in June Details
Online - 12-15 Oct 2021

International Treatment of PD Conference - Nov
Online & Wollongong, NSW  
Creative Recovery
Project Air conference flyerProject Air Strategy present this conference online and in Wollongong. Creative arts can provide powerful opportunities for healing, understanding and treatment. Psychotherapy at its best can create inspiration for chang and renewal. Details
Thu 4 Nov - Consumer, Family & Carer Day Register
Fri 5 Nov - Scientific Conference Register
Sat 6 Nov - Clinical Workshop Register
Online & NSW - Wollongong - 4-6 Nov 2021

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

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


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

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 
Online - ongoing and Register
Families & Trauma Work: Integrating Key Ideas
Online - Aug 31 &  Sep 7 Register
Narrative Approaches to Trauma
Online - Sep 3 Register
Introduction to Family Therapy
Online - Sep 7,8,9,10 Register
Working with families where there is serious mental illness
Online - Sep 13 Register

Blue Knot

Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness (Masterclass)
Online - Sep 1-2  Register
Online - Oct 13 Register
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
Online - Sep 8 SOLD OUT
TAS - Launceston - Oct 8 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Oct 13 Register
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
Online Sep 13 SOLD OUT
Online Sep 17 SOLD OUT
QLD - Townsville - Oct 15 Register
VIC - Melb - Oct 18 Register
Managing Wellbeing & Recognising Vicarious Trauma
Online - Sep 17 Register
SA - Adelaide - Sep 24 Register
NSW - Nowra - Oct 29 Register
Three Phased Approach - Processing and Integration
Online - Sep 23 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Oct 14 Register
Creating Safety and Connection (Webinar)
Online - Sep 28 Register
Trauma Responsive Leadership
VIC - Melb - Oct 15 Register
Using a Trauma lens when working with Domestic & Family Violence
NT - Darwin - Oct 22 Register
Trauma Awareness: Supporting People with a Disability
QLD - Toowoomba - Oct 29 Register
Webinar Series
Blue Knot WebinarsBuilding Trauma Awareness (Webinar)
Online - TBC
Creating Safety and Connection
Online - Sep 28 Register
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Online - Sep 6 Register
Online - Sep 13  SOLD OUT
Managing Wellbeing when working with Complex Trauma (Webinar)
Online - Sep 16 Register

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving (STEPPS)
The program educates people with Borderline Personality Disorder and helps them acquire skills to deal with different aspect different aspects of the disorder. 
NZ - TBC - Registrations of Interest
Skills for Working with BPD 101
Online - Sep 10 Register
Sensory Modulation Skills & Strategies to Cope with Distress
Online - 16 & 23 Register
NZ - Auckland - TBC
Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm 101
Online - Oct 29 Register
Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm 201
Online - Dec 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
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
MBT Webinar Series - by Margie Stuchbery 
These 5 clinically focused webinars provide a refresher for therapists who are implementing. Includes clinical examples with theoretical content, and interactive discussion. 
Mentalizing Case Formulation
Online - Sep 2 Register
Attachment, Mentalizing & Therapy
Online - Oct 14 Register
Relational Mentalizing & Affect Focus
Online - Nov 25 Register

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

Mental Health Professionals Networks

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

If you are interested in taking up the opportunity to be coordinator of the Hobart BPD MHPN network please contact Ashleigh on (03) 7020 1760 or This is a volunteer role, with funding is available to cover meeting costs. Details

Brisbane North  
Hobart - EOI's open for BPD Network coordinator
Ipswich/West Moreton
Perth - MBT & Lighthouse Parenting Program - 21/9 - Register & Flyer

MHPN Portal 
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 frameworks and strategies. Details
Ph Toni (02) 4220 7919 or
NSW - Campbelltown - Sep 7 - Postponed
NSW - Port Kembla - Oct 26 - Save the Date
NSW - Inverell - Nov 10

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Functional recovery in youth mental health
Online - Sep 8 Register
Risk Assessment and Management Young People
Online - Sep 20  Register
Rethinking 1st episode psychosis & BPD
VIC - Parkville - Nov 24 Register
Relational formulation (Advanced workshop)
Online - Nov 16 Register
Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Self-harm & suicide
Online - Sep 15 Register
Understanding eating disorders
Online - Oct 13 Register
Understanding BPD
Online - Oct 27 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 
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 2-3 Register
WA - Perth - Nov 23-24 Register

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

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

Schema Therapy Advanced Techniques
Online - various dates Register
Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out (Retreat)
NSW - Bowral Sep 9  Register
Schema Therapy Group Clinical Consultation
Online - ongoing (12 months) Register
The Model Methods and Techniques
SA - Adelaide - Sep 6/7/8 Register
Online - Zoom - Sep 23/24/29 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 27/28/29 Register
ACT - Canberra - Oct 20-22 Register
Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 15/16/17 Register
Online - Zoom - Sep 23/24/30 Register

Working with people with BPD for GPs
Online - Sep 6 Register
Working with crises associated with BPD
Online - Sep 14 Register
Complexities in Personality Disorder: A MBT Approach
Online - Oct 1 Register
Principles of Structured Clinical Mgt for BPD
Online - Oct 4 Register
MBT for Antisocial Personality Disorder
Online - Oct 5 Register
Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for BPD
Online - Oct 6 & 7 Register
Foundation Training for working with people with BPD
Online - Oct 7 Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Being Trauma Responsive - What it means in practice
Online - Sep 13-14 Register
Trauma Informed Practice
WA - Perth - Sep 21  Register

Helplines - 24 hour

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

Disability Information Helpline

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

Database of Helplines in Australia
Find a Helpline

Helplines - 24 Hour
Emergency Services 000
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
Lifeline 13 11 14 or Chat
Kid's Helpline (5-25yrs) 1800 55 1800 or
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 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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