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"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fear." Nelson Mandela

It is so easy to let our fears rule us, and when that happens we lose our control over ourselves and our world. It is taking control of our emotions that can bring us real happiness. Living with hope and optimism defeats fear: it is not a mindless belief that all will turn out ok, rather an acceptance of reality and determination to work to make things better. If we see dark times ahead, we can turn to hope and optimism.

family & friend's group

Mindfulness BPD Community

Our May F&F Group looked at how Gratitude improves how we feel. On our website is a link to an excellent 2 minute video. Visit our F&F Group page here.


This month we continue to explore the concept of Mindfulness, this time through the lens of Positive Psychology. In preparation for this group, we have provided you with access to a 5 minute video on Positive Psychology. Visit our F&F Group page here.


Join us at 6.30pm, Tuesday 18 June, at 341 Coventry St., South Melbourne. All are welcome, rsvp to barb@bpdcommunity.com.au

bpd ambassador training

Ambassador Program BPD Community

There is still room to join BPD Ambassador Training. Note the new times for the course below.


Over four Saturday mornings, a group of people with lived experience (both consumers and carers) will meet to learn the essentials in telling their stories to others. 


Saturday 22 & 29 June and 6 & 13 July, from 9am till noon, we will meet to learn from the professionals how best to communicate what we wish others to hear. 


Please note that attending the training does not oblige participants to speak to anyone, publicly or privately.


Click here for flyer: rsvp to: barb@bpdcommunity.com.au

the power of telling stories

Info Night BPD Community

The Power of Telling Stories is the topic of our next Info Night on Wednesday 31 July at 6.30pm.


Many of us are challenged when it comes to speaking publicly and when we are telling our own story, it is even more so. Come along to support our BPD Community people who are able to step up and speak of their experiences and hear the message they have to offer.


click here for flyer:

rsvp to barb@bpdcommunity.com.au

royal commission into mental health, victoria

The Commission wants to provide the community with a clear and ambitious set of actions that will change Victoria’s mental health system and enable Victorians to experience their best mental health.


They will make a sustained effort to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and promote more inclusive communities throughout Victoria.

You can help change happen by making your own submission to the Royal Commission from now till July 5. You can be anonymous.  


You can make a brief submission (about 500 words or less) by completing the

To help you know how to write a simple submission, BPD Community has provided some guidance on how to write your submission: click here 

tandem's work

BPD Community Tandem

The next Tandem Members Meeting will be held at Multicultural Hub in Melbourne's CBD on Thursday 13 June 2019. All carers are encouraged to attend.

In the Royal Commission Terms of Reference, the Commissioners have been charged to find out 'How to best support the needs of family members and carers of people living with mental illness'. This day will be dedicated to discussing and preparing Tandem’s Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Starting at 10am – 1.30pm the meeting is to ensure that the message of priorities and concerns of Tandem members towards a comprehensively reformed compassionate mental health service includes your voice.

Orange & Red Rooms, Level 1, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Date & time
Thursday 13 June
10am – 1.30pm (Morning tea & lunch provided)

Essential for catering purposes by Wednesday 12 June 2019.   

For more information please contact us at info@tandemcarers.org.au or on 8803 5555

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