The Royal Commission into Mental Health has hit the ground running! They had set up their website (see on right) and determined a whole lot of times to travel around speaking to people. They are visiting rural, regional Victoria and suburbs in Melbourne too. This is the best time to go and get a sense of what is happening and they will be listening to what people say.
If you want things to improve for our BPD Community, this is a chance to speak your own experience and have a say.
All about bpd
SANE has published an excellent paper on BPD exploring all the challenges and contradictions and confusions that exist here in Australia in relation to this diagnosis and that of other personality disorders. It indicates the need that exists for an Australia hungry for information on BPD "in the 12 months to 31 July 2017, 22% (230,000) of all users (1,048,000) who visited SANE’s online platforms accessed materials on BPD, including factsheets and other information".
The paper is a weighty discussion of the situation in Australia regarding all Personality Disorders, with a focus on BPD. It is a solid read requiring a pencil in hand, a comfy chair and a fair bit of time. The rewards are considerable if you make the effort.
Royal commission into mental health
The composition of the Royal Commission into Mental Health was announced this week. The Chair will be Ms Penny Armytage, fellow Commissioners are: Bernadette McSherry, Professor Alan Fels and Associate Professor Alex Cochrane.
They will produce a preliminary report this coming November and a final report by October 2020. The government has committed to implement every recommendation but it is understood that this will all take time.
The Terms of Reference have been finalised. We will make them available shortly.
For further information the ABC report is informative: click here
Our Opportunity for Change - Info Night
The mental health system is a bit of a mess. Would you like to have input into the changes that are so necessary? The Royal Commission into Mental Health is our chance to get things changed. This is the best good news story we have had for a while, we have the chance to do something that will have direct impact on the lives of all of us affected by BPD. The best way to change things is to work with others. Come and join how we can begin to learn how to do this this coming Wednesday, 27 February at 6.30. The speaker is Angus McLelland, CEO of Mental Health Victoria and the venue is at the offices of Mental Health Victoria, level 2, 22 Horne St, Elsternwick: rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the flyer for more info
Media Release Preventing Suicide In Local Communities
The Andrews Labor Government is set to roll out stage two of its Suicide Prevention Framework to support local communities to reduce the stigma by giving Victorians and their families the support they need.
“How SAD” Stigma and Discrimination of People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person. Stigma sets people apart. Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people. Discrimination is the effect of stigma.
The art of making yourself happy is something we can all learn and practice. No one is happy 100% of the time. Life has its ups and downs. Even so there are some sure fire ways to increase your happiness. Published with the permission of Andrew Fuller www.andrewfuller.com
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 10, February 2017
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 10, February 2017
Diversity is the art of thinking independently together. No, this is not an oxymoron but a deeply philosophical commitment that underlies BPD Community. We are such a diverse community on many levels and we are united in a common purpose with a common vision
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 9, October 2016
Each day we become increasingly aware of how much more can be done to replace stigma and discrimination with hope and optimism. At this time of year it is appropriate to look back and reflect on our work
To replace stigma and discrimination with hope and optimism is a challenge. Stigma and discrimination affects all of us and it requires all of us to work together to bring hope and optimism. So how we create this change we want, requires us to consider exactly what is it we want to change
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 5, October 2015
When you’re having fun, time passes quickly and our first year has been and gone.
Creating a sense of community is central to our work: clinicians, carers and consumers, we are united in our desire to replace stigma and discrimination with hope and optimism
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 4, Sept 2015
Living in the present means living with change and our BPD community is no exception.
Our biggest news is the launching of our BPD Community Facebook page. Just google BPD Community and it should appear.
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 3, June 2015
We all know that giving birth can be both a painful and rewarding experience. And after the birth, we all think the newborn is the prettiest, most handsome of all children ever born. Well some of us do at least, - and so, we think our BPD Community baby organization is the best baby ever!
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 2, February 2015
a lot in such a short time. Starting a new organization is challenging. There are, it seems, four phases to any organization: forming and storming., norming, performing . Well, we’re doing all four at once it seems.
BPD Community Newsletter Vol.1, Issue 1, November 2014
We are indeed over the moon! On Wednesday the 5th November an executive to the Victorian branch of the Australian BPD Foundation was elected. And what a group of people we have to represent the interests of our BPD Community.