Aug 2021 - eBulletin - Issue 48 

In this issue...
COVID-19 phone lines
National BPD Consensus Statement
BPD Awareness Week 2021 
ISSPD Congress Aust 2023
What it's like living with BPD
COVID-19 Resources
Indigenous Mental Health

Get Involved
Grants - SA BPDAW
Study - Exploring Lived Experience
Study - Personality Traits

Study - Parent Education
Study - Coming Up for AIR
Study - Adolescent Self-Harm
Fundraising - BPD Bandanna
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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Consensus Statement
National BPD Consensus Statement
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Helplines & COVID-19 Information

National BPD Consensus Statement New!
Consensus StatementThe Australian BPD Foundation proudly announces 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. We now invite YOU to pledge your support as we advocate for timely and equitable access to national treatment and support. Read More 

BPD Awareness Week 2021 theme announced New!
BPDAW 2021'Discover Creative Wellbeing'
will build upon last year’s campaign which identified a gap in treatment programs that address a person’s complex sense of self, self-stigma and negative self-narrative. 
This years campaign has a 3-pronged approach:
  • For people experiencing the symptoms of BPD:
    Increase access to creative methods of expression and communication,
  • For supporters/carer/families:
    How can they encourage and instill more creative thinking and ways to approach wellbeing?
  • For those working with people living with BPD:
    Thinking outside the box in terms of treatment practices and methods. How can they encourage and instill more creative thinking and ways to approach wellbeing?
To be part of the 2021 campaign, please contact

ISSPD Congress in Australia 2023 New!
ISSPD logoThe International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Congress (ISSPD) has announced their 2023 conference will be held in Australia! Details to be confirmed. The 2021 conference is being streamed 'live' from Norway 11-13 and you can still register here.

Media - What it's like living with BPD New!
Miki"The first thing I did when getting diagnosed with BPD was seek treatment", writes Miki in her ABC Everyday article published last month. She had the opportunity to speak with Professor Chanen who sees a definite shift in attitudes among young clinicians and that it's important "having somebody who has a positive view of BPD, and has a hopeful outlook for people with BPD". Read more

COVID-19 Resources New!
Orygen factsheetsOrygen have released 5 factsheets to assist with managing feelings and behaviours as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Topics include Struggling, Work/Study, Self-Care and Substance use behaviours. Download

Australian Indigenous Mental Health Info 
AIHINThe HealthInfoNet social and wellbeing (SEWB) portal has been broadened to include the holistic meaning of social and emotional wellbeing for first nations people. New topics are: Staying strong, Country, culture & spirituality, Family, kinship & community, added to  Self-harm & suicide, and other mental health topics. etc. Read more

Donate - GiveNow
GiveNow logoBPD Awareness Week 2021 has launched! As 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
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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SA Grants - BPD Awareness Week New!
MHCSA grantApplications are now open for grants to fund promotional activities held 1-7 October during BPD Awareness Week. Supported by BPD Co, SA's statewide service. Apply by 15 August via Mental Health Coalition of SA

Study - Exploring the Lived Experience New!
Spectrum logoSpectrum Personality Disorder Service are seeking people with lived experience of BPD to help them understand the time between onset of symptoms of BPD, first diagnosis and time to access BPD-specific treatment. Confidential, anonymous survey (20 mins) Flyer and Survey

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

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
Sarah's BPD and Recovery Tips
SarahSarah learnt about the value of self-validation, self-worth and keeping herself going. She wants people to know the first step to getting help is recognising the problem, then gathering the strength and reaching out to ask for help. Sarah believes the road to recovery is not always smooth, but definitely worthwhile. View video

Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
Tolerance for uncertaintyThis DBT-based workbook shared by Sashbear (Canada) can be used by people with lived experience and family members. It guides you through DBT skills to accept distress, and manage the uncertainty. It can be completed individually or in collaboration with your mental health professional. Worksheets include Identifying Your Emotions, Healthy Coping Ideas, Daily Planner, Wellness Action Plan and lots more. Download

Schema Therapy - Introducing Modes
Schema ModesTwo Australian schema therapists explain 'modes' as ways of being (child, coping, critic and healthy mode) and how noticing when/how we are activated in a mode can give us insights and support healing as we integrate the different sides of self. (7:14m) View video

SANE Special Events 
Topic TuesdayAugust topic Grief and Loss
Tuesday 3 August 7:00-8:30pm AEST 
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesday
July 6th Physical Activity and Mental Health

SANE Group Chat 
Online - Aug 12 - 7:00-8:00pm Lessons in Lockdown
Online - Aug 26 - 7:00-8:00pm Creating and Keeping Routines

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 - Aug 6 -  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 NEW!
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 24/7. 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 – 30 Aug, 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 

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
WA Recovery College New!
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 New!
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
Intentional Disclosure of Lived Experience
Cloverdale - Aug 4 Register or (08) 9258 8911
Telling Your Story Safely
Cloverdale - Aug 27 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

What gets in the way of using the skills?
Blaise AguirreWhether it is our own skills we learnt in a Family Connections or other program, or skills the person we care for has learnt, there can often be barriers to using them. Sashbear (Canada) bring us this webinar in which Dr Blaise Aguirre (McLean Uni, USA) reminds us that repetition of skills and positive thoughts is key! Discussion starts at 6:30m mark, excellent Q & A at end. (1:06hr) View video

Mindfulness for Mental Health Carers
Mindfulness for MH CarersCarers Australia have released an on demand Mindfulness for Mental Health Carers program as part of the Caring through Covid project. Six sessions you can listen to online anytime - lovely Ozzie voice! Scroll down the page to Listen to podcast

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 TuesdayAugust 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

Family Connections Leader Training 
The Family Connections™ Leader Training trains clinicians and carer-peers (who have already completed the FC program) with the expectation that participants will facilitate programs for families/friends of people with BPD traits or Emotional Dysregulation.
WA  & Online - August 7 & 8 Register

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 - Aug 2

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 - Aug 10

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 

Aug 10 - 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.
Meet online fortnightly on Wed at 6:30pm

Online - Aug 4 - Supporting someone who takes medication for their mental ill health/substance use 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 - TBC - Register (to be published soon)

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 - Aug 15

BPD Community Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Details
South Melbourne - Aug 17

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 - Aug 11

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
Research - Neurocognition of substance use & PD
SUD & PD'Neurocognition of females with substance use disorder and comorbid personality disorder: Divergence in subjective and objective cognition' (July 2021) by Ely M Marceau et al. Findings included that women with PD had a significantly higher incidence of head injury with loss of consciousness, and self-reported greater cognitive dysfunction than the non-PD group, yet performance-based results showed largely superior performance in many areas. Download

Research - Peer Workers and BPD 
PA Peer SupportProject Air considered the value of using peer workers with lived experience to support the work of treatment of BPD. Recommendations included assessing workplace culture prior to engaging peer workers and clarifying whether a complementary or integrated model of peer support would be used. (25:47m) View presentation

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

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

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

TheMHS Conference - Melb - 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
Melbourne - 12-15 Oct 2021

International Treatment of PD Conference - Online - Nov
Creative Recovery
Project Air logoProject Air Strategy present this conference to be held online and in Wollongong. Creative arts can provide powerful opportunities for healing, understanding and treatment. Applications to present are open until 15 August More details Wollongong & Online - 4-6 Nov 2021

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

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


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

Bouverie Centre
My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning (MERTIL)
In this Australian-first program you will learn the identification of and response to early trauma in the parent-child relationship, stemming from parent mental illness, grief, family violence, substance abuse, and related experiences.
Details and Register
MERTIL: My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning
Online - ongoing  Register
Families & Trauma Work: Integrating Key Ideas
Online - Aug 31 &  Sep 7 Register
Narrative Approaches to Trauma
Online - Sep 3 Register

Blue Knot
Trauma Awareness in Practice
Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness
SA - Adelaide 13 Register
Three Phased Approach - Safety and Stabilisation
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 4 Register
Managing Wellbeing & Recognising Vicarious Trauma
QLD - Cairns - Aug 6 Register
NT - Darwin - Aug 27 Register
Three Phased Approach - Processing & Integration
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 12 Register
Webinar Series
Blue Knot WebinarsBuilding Trauma Awareness
Online - Aug 31 Register
Creating Safety and Connection
Online - Aug 19 Register
Trauma Responsive Leadership
Online - Aug 5 Register
Online - Aug 27 Register
Managing Wellbeing
Online - Aug 20 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 201
Online - Aug 6 - Register
Skills for Working with BPD 101
Online - Sep 10 Register
Sensory Modulation Skills & Strategies to Cope with Distress
NZ - Auckland - Sep 14 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 Basic - by Anthony Bateman
One month online course (18 Hours live, instructor-led content) delivered during Australian Eastern Standard time
Online - Aug 2, 3 & 5  Register
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.
Brisbane North  
Ipswich/West Moreton

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

Family Connections Leader Training 
NEABPD logoThe Family Connections™ Leader Training is to train clinicians and carer-peers with the view to facilitate groups for family/ friends of people with BPD traits or Emotional Dysregulation. Register
WA  & Online - August 7 & 8


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 - Port Kembla - Aug 24
NSW - Inverell - Nov 10

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Working with young people with co-occurring eating & PD
VIC - Parkville - Aug 18 Register
Risk Assessment and Management Young People
VIC - Parkville - Aug 23 Register
Rethinking 1st episode psychosis & BPD
VIC - Parkville - Nov 24 Register
Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Self-harm & suicide
Online - Sep 15 Register
Understanding BPD
Online - Oct 27 Register

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

Psychology Training
DBT Standard Workshop
This workshop delivered by Dr Sian Jeffery is intended for therapists who are familiar with, as well as those with little or no previous exposure to DBT or cognitive behavioral therapy.
NSW - Sydney - Aug 16-17 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 18-19 Register
Schema Therapy Standard Workshop
NSW - Sydney - Aug 10-11 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 12-13 Register
WA - Perth - Aug 26-27 Register
Schema Therapy Advanced 
NSW - Sydney - Aug 31-Sep 1 Register
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)

Understanding How and When to use Imagery Workshop
Online - Aug 5  Register
Schema Therapy: The Basics
NSW - Sydney - Aug 9  Register
Schema Therapy Standard Workshop
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 12-13 Register
WA - Perth - Aug 26-27 Register
Schema Therapy Advance Techniques
QLD - Noosa - Aug 17 Register
Online - various dates Register
Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out (Retreat)
QLD - Noosa Aug 20 Register
NSW - Bowral Sep 9  Register
Schema Therapy & DBT
Online - Aug 24 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
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 27/28/29 Register
ACT - Canberra - Oct 20-22 Register
Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 15/16/17
Online - Zoom - Sep 23/24/30

Working with people with BPD for GPs 
Online - Aug 9 Register
RANZCP Examination training in PD for Psychiatry Registrars
VIC - Richmond - Aug 13 Register
Office-based treatment of people with BPD for private psychiatrists
VIC - Richmond - Sep 4 Register
Working with crises associated with BPD
VIC - Richmond - Sep 14 Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Being Trauma Responsive - What it means in practice
Perth - Aug 2-3 Register
Being Trauma Informed - What it means in practice
Online - Sep 13-14 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

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

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