Dec 2019 - eBulletin - Issue 30


In this issue...
National BPD Conference
Vale Perry Hoffman, MD
Working with BPD - Tasmania
Merinda Epstein's Retirement
Talk Safely about Suicide
BPD MH Nursing Podcast
Vic RC Mental Health Interim Report
Coffee for a Cause

Branch News

Get Involved
Survey - Carers & NSSI
Survey - Our Turn to Speak

Productivity Commission
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

Donate, Submissions, Subscribe

Martin Foley MP & Prof Sathya Rao

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National BPD Conference
Prof Jayashr KulkarniOur National BPD Conference brings people together. This year in Melbourne people with lived experience, supporters and clinicians heard about new research by Professor Jayashri Hon Martin Foley MP & Satha RaoKulkarni and perspectives by lived experience speakers Carissa Wright (WA), Aaron Fornarino (SA), Mahlie Jewell & Kyla Cassells (NSW). The Hon Martin Foley MP gave a ministerial address, and Dr Peggy Brown AO facilitated discussions on a future National BPD Policy. Key presentations available for viewing online.

Vale Perry Hoffman, MD
Perry HoffmanPerry Hoffman, MD, passed away on 3rd November 2019. We are all saddened by this loss, she was the voice of compassion for families and carers. Perry was the Co-founder of the NEABPD (National Educational Alliance for BPD) the organisation that brought the Family Connections program to people across the globe. See details about the first Australian Family Connections conference in the Conference section below. Her work will go on Read more

Working with people with BPD - Tasmania
Tasmania flyerThis workshop by A/Prof Sathya Rao will be presented in Tasmania in March 2020. Catering for mental health clinicians, it will cover working with people with complex diagnoses, inpatient/outpatient settings and managing NSSI and suicidal ideation. Flyer and Register

Merinda Epstein's Retirement
Merinda Epstein
This event in North Melbourne will be a celebration of Merinda’s life work and an opportunity to hear the culmination of Merinda’s reflections, experience and thinking.  With an impressive career spanning 29 years, Merinda Epstein has been at the forefront of mental health consumer advocacy, research and thought-leadership in Australia. Flyer

Talk Safely Online about Suicide
Chatsafe#chatsafe guidelines were developed by Orygen in 2018 to support young people in communicating safely online about suicide. Facebook made them available to 2.41 billion users on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September, 2019. They can provide practical assistance to parents and supporters of young people engaging in online activities. Read more and view the Website

Mental Health Nursing BPD Podcast - ED supports
BPD Podcast'Lived Experience of BPD: Perspectives on Emergency Department care and Peer Support'. Part of a series by UniSA and SA Health designed to raise awareness and share fresh thinking to mental health nursing students. Listen to Podcast

Victorian Royal Commission on Mental Health - Interim Report
Interim ReportRecommendations from the interim report tabled on 28th November include follow-up care for people who have attempted suicide, outreach programs for young people who have self-harmed, an additional 170 acute mental health beds and a residential mental health service. A new tax will fund the system overhaul. Read Interim Report

The Age commented it fails to mention homelessness, an important factor for recovery. Indigo Daya supports the concept of a service being designed and delivered by people with lived experience and Erica Williams (who wrote a submission and has lived experience of BPD) agrees that 'a residential service designed by people who had experienced mental illness could help bridge the “missing middle” - those whose mental illness is too complex to be treated by a general practitioner but not sick enough to seek emergency help. Read more

Coffee for a Cause
Coffee for a CauseYouth Focus commissioned Perth artist Naomi to design a colourful takeaway coffee cup to promote the Mental Health Week (6-12 Oct) theme 'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play'. After living with symptoms for over 10 years Naomi was correctly diagnosed with BPD, directing her to an appropriate therapy, and leading to now 'effectively managing ever aspect of my life so much better'. Read more

Festive Season & New Year 2020
Festive baubleW'ed like to acknowledge you - our members and readers - for your support during the year. We understand this time of year can be a difficult time for some people for a number of reasons. Please take care of yourself and we look forward to reconnecting with you again in 2020.

The festive season is a time for us all to celebrate together and share special gifts. For some people this can unfortunately be a time of additional distress. If you are feeling apprehensive about the Christmas period we encourage you to develop a 'wellness plan' - wherever possible in collaboration with your GP/family/friends/support network. This article from St. John of God offers some ideas to cope with stress and anxiety at Christmas. Read more

Holiday period 24hr support services
We have therefore listed some 24 hour crisis phone and chat lines at the end of this eBulletin where they well be easily accessible if if you feel you need to reach out for support

Foundation Branch News

The NSW committee held a BPD Awareness Week event in Mental Health Week in conjunction with the NSW BPD Mental Health Professionals network.

Following the success of the BPD Awareness Week event at Flinders University the SA committee are planning future events in collaboration with the Orama Institute at Flinders Uni to include awareness training about BPD for emerging mental health clinicians.

Grill'd HawthornThe VIC Branch are preparing for their Grill'd fundraiser during the month of December. Buy a burger and pop your token in our jar. Check out the Grill'd yummy healthy burgers at 754 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Vic.
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Survey  - Carer's experience on Non Suicidal Self Injury
NSSI FlyerThis study from Deakin University is asking parents/carers about their discovery of their young persons' self injury, and their experience of subsequent help seeking (including for themselves). Participants will be eligible to go into the draw to win one of six $20 Coles/ Myer gift cards Study

Survey - Our Turn To Speak
Many Australians live with complex mental health issues. The findings of Our Turn to Speak will inform SANE Australia's future advocacy efforts. You can complete the confidential survey online or by phone. It is open to any adult aged 18 and over residing in Australia who has been living with sever and complex mental health issues over the last 12 months.  Read more

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health
The Draft Report was released on 31st October 2019. Read more
Public Hearings will be held in Nov, Dec and early Jan 2020. Register to be kept up to date.

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD

ValidatedCurrently there are just over 14,700 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 15,000! 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.

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For Consumers / Lived Experience

Resources - Australia Wide

Accurate information supports early recovery
TJAfter delaying seeking correct information about BPD, TJ was supported to find appropriate therapy. 'I'm learning how to ask for help in productive ways'. BATYR speakers provide tips and resources to people at schools and Unis to improve help seeking behaviour for mental health support. Read more

BPD is different for everyone
MilesMiles reminds us people diagnosed with BPD deserve to be treated with dignity. Check out the tips from people with lived experience on the BPD Awareness Week website. Read more

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic TuesdayManaging expectations during The Holidays
Tues 10 Dec, 7-9pm AEDT
Read transcript for last 'Topic Tuesday'
Let's get real! Transitions into parenthood

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
Topic: Social Media and BPD

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

Dialectical Behaviour Skills Group
BPD in ACTFor information on next year's programs please call, text or email Natalie 0415 111 894 or
ACT - Canberra 

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. Book early for BPD specific courses. Flyer and Calendar

AGA Intersex Support Group
AGAA safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others. A Gender + Agenda conducts trainings, support groups and events.

ACT - Canberra

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, training and education. Not BPD specific. Details
Mi Place Dec 2019 calendar 
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or 
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931

TEMHCO - Top End Mental Health
Palmerston and rural areas. Website
Dec 2019 events

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

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

For Carers / Supporters

Resources - Australia Wide

Understanding Self-Harm - Where to Begin
Orygen Self HarmThis online module by Orygen is designed for families and friends of young people who are self-harming. It will provide you with some information about self-harm to help you begin to better understand what is happening and how to get some help. There is a simple process of logging in to watch the video, it is free, and you can watch it in stages. There are helpful resources, case studies of people with lived experience and you can take notes online so you can refer back to them later. View online module

Family Connections - Leader Training
Prof Daniel FlynnThe Family Connections course provides skills training for people in a relationship with someone who has BPD. Leader Training will be held in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales in February 2020. Special guests presenters Professor Daniel Flynn and Dr Mary Kells will be offering the two day family connections leader training. Register

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logoManaging expectations during The Holidays
Tues 10 Dec, 7-9pm AEDT.
Read transcript for last 'Topic Tuesday' 
NDIS: A Carer's Journey

Ed: for further information re accessing the NDIS listen to our National BPD Conference presentation

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! The first post of the thread will give you an idea of the topic. (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 Email

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

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.
NSW - Fairy Meadow - Jan 16 (Thur 5:30-7:30pm) Register
QLD - Fortitude Valley - Feb 11 (Tue 4:30-6:30pm) Register
SA - Bowden - Jan 15 (Wed 6:30-8:30pm) Register and Flyer
SA - Christies Beach - Feb 3 (Mon 6:30-8:30pm) Register and Flyer
WA - Bunbury - Jan 29 (Wed 6:00-8:00pm) Register
WA - Perth - Feb 20 (Thurs 5:30-7:30pm) Register

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 Details

Holt, Canberra - Dec 2 (5:30-7:30pm)

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
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
Carer events - Dec 2019 calendar
Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Contact us by email website facebook
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month
Wayville - Dec 10 - Christmas Dinner instead of usual meeting - 6:00pm in Glenelg - contact for details  email

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


Information Session: Learning about BPD for Families & Friends
A half-day general information session for carers, families and friends.
Vic - Dandenong - Feb 13 Register

Learning More about BPD: A Workshop for Families & Friends

This one day workshop is for families, friends and others to hear about practical approaches and ways to offer support.
VIC - Richmond - Dec 10 Register
VIC - Richmond - Jan 29 Register

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 - Dec 6

BPD Family and Carer Support Group
No meeting in January.
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm. Free. Contact MIND Carer Helpline 1300 554 660 for venue details.

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

Family & Friend's Group
Meet 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm. Free.
BPD Community, 341 Coventry St, South Melbourne. Contact

GROW Carer Support
This group is for carers of people with a mental illness and can help with support and connection to other services if needed. 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

When to suspect BPD
Dr Mary Emeleus Dr Mary Emeleus from headspace outlines when to consider BPD in a young person, and how to address these considerations in a clinical setting. View Video

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH)
DSH GuidelinesThese 2016 guidelines acknowledge BPD as a special population, referring to the BPD Clinical Guidelines of 2012. Recommendations include not using pharmacotherapy specifically for the purpose of reducing repetitive DSH and offering evidence-based psychological therapies such as DBT or MBT. Download the full Clinical Practice Guidelines or read the key points and recommendations in the Reference Guide. 

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

National BPD Training Strategy
Stage 1 - Webinars
Training Strategy logo
Six webinars available online. View webinars

Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
Stage 2 logo‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ is a series of 5 free online modulesThis e-learning program for mental health workers and service providers will assist in gaining the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based treatment and support to the person with BPD and their family/carers. Completed sequentially, each module takes approx 60 mins. Certificate issued. View Modules

Stage 3 - Workshops
The Curriculum for a series of 2-day intensive core competency skills workshops for BPD is currently being developed. Workshops will commence in 2020. To register an expression of interest to be informed of upcoming workshops in your state/territory, please register your details.

Conferences & Forums

Family Connections Conference
FC ConferenceBringing Families into the Picture
International and National Presenters will be presenting their research and clinical expertise to present on bringing the family into the picture in mental health services. Hear Robert Kruger, PhD, Daniel Flynn, M.Psych, Mary Kells, PhD, Andrew Chanen, PhD, Louise McCutcheon, DPsych and a lived experience panel. The conference will be held at Orygen Youth Health in Parkville, Melbourne.
VIC - Melbourne - Jan 31 (2020) Register


Bouverie Centre
Adolescent Family Violence: Systemic Intervention with Families
VIC - Brunswick - Feb 19 Register

Blue Knot
Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Lvl 1)
NSW - Paramatta - Dec 2 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Dec 13 Register
SA - Adelaide - Feb 10 Register

Intro to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Lvl 1)
VIC - Melbourne - Dec 2 Register
NSW - Sydney - Feb 10 Register

Managing Vicarious Trauma
NSW - Sydney - Dec 13 Register
TAS - Hobart - Dec 16 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Feb 14 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 - Mar 16  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

Lighthouse MBT Parenting Program
Mr Gerry Byrne and  Ms Clare Mein will be in Perth to deliver Lighthouse Groups, an MBT Parenting model of intervention for high risk parents.
WA - Perth - Jan 7-10, 2020 Flyer

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.

Webinar - Collaborating to recognise and address conduct disorder
National - Dec 3 - 7:15pm-8:30pm AEDT Register (free)

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North - Dec 12 BPD in the Family FlyerRegister 
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory
Perth - Dec 4 Christmas Mood Survival FlyerRegister
Victoria - Dec 17 Depression and BPD Study FlyerRegister

Contact Ingrid at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

MBT Australia
Professor Anthony Bateman will 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
SA - Golden Grove - Jan 17
NSW - Forster - Feb 6

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
The program for 2020 will be released early in the year

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. 2019 Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
The program for 2020 will be released early in the year

Safe In Oz
Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours Register
NSW - Armidale - 2 & 3 Dec
NSW - Kincumber - 5 & 6 Dec
NSW - Seven Hill - 9 & 10 Dec

Schema Therapy Society
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for BPD. The Schema Therapy Society provides links to Schema Therapy training providers around Australia. Details

Schema Therapy 1 - The Model, Methods & Techniques
This 3-day workshop will help attendees gain a understanding of the Schema Therapy model and provide an extensive platform for learning new skills and techniques used in Schema Therapy. 
TAS - Hobart - Feb 12/13/14 2020 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Feb 26/27/28 2020 Register
NSW - Sydney - Mar 18/19/20 2020 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Mar 18/19/20 2020 Register
WA - Perth - Mar 11/12/13 2020 Register

Mentalization based treatment for BPD
Two day workshop
VIC - Richmond - Dec 5-6 Register

Supervision Workshop
This one day workshop is suitable for psychologists and other mental health practitioners who have previously attended the 2019 Spectrum BPD training under the SEMPHN Project. 
VIC - Frankston - Feb 19 Register

Working with people with BPD
This workshop by A/Prof Sathya Rao will be presented in Tasmania in March 2020. Catering for mental health clinicians, it will cover working with people with complex diagnoses, inpatient/outpatient settings and managing NSSI and suicidal ideation. Flyer 
TAS - Sandy Bay - March 19  Register

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health
WA - Perth - Jan 17 Register


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Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 789978
Direct Line 1800 888 236 Immediate counselling & support,
Poison Information Centre
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Family Drug Helpline 1300 660 068 sharc
Ice Help Line 1800 423 238

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
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Eating Disorders Helpline - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST (except public holidays).
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