Wherever possible BPD Community provides input through submissions and reports to government and research projects. Some of them are brief and undocumented others, such as those published here, are more substantial. Since BPD Community began its work, we are aware that we have had an impact in the changes that have occurred.
We have a small team of volunteers working on developing position papers to support the work we do and what we have learnt from our work. If you have an interest in developing policy on BPD and would like to join us in this activity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
a theory of recovery
In this brief but to the point supplementary paper to the Productivity Commission, BPD Community defines the theory of recovery that underlies its work. It highlights the concerns that exist with the emphasis on the medical model and treatment supports to the relative lack of attention given to social support and relational support.
It is the area of relational support both for the individuals and in group work, that BPD has a strong role based on its experience in this area. At the same time seeking collaboration with other organisations and services which provide social and treatment supports.
Relational dysregulation affects both the person with BPD and their loved ones. To support recovery, both the person with BPD and their families need relational support. This is an holistic approach to supporting recovery. BPD Community creates the sense of community that supports all parties affected by BPD.
royal commission into mental health - victoria
It's time for a paradigm shift in Mental Health in Victoria. The system here fails people affected by BPD. A new approach is essential if anything is to change.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) requires a response specific to the needs of those with lived experience:
A focus on addressing the stigma and discrimination specific to BPD;
A focus on recovery;
Active inclusion of families as people with lived experience;
A response to meet the needs of all with BPD, not just the most severely affected in crisis.
We argue for a different approach: a community approach to meet the needs of those with lived experience of BPD.
Submission to the productivity commission
The Federal Productivity Commission looked into productivity concerns the the mental health system.
The BPD Community submission made the point that those with BPD are unable to access treatment for a disorder for which complete recovery is possible. The submission covered the main concerns relating to stigma and discrimination, prevalence, families and friends, treatment and the cost of doing nothing.
The attachments to the submission included the position papers How SaD and Carer's Concerns. The pamphlet A Brighter Future was also attached.
Submission to the Year 10 Mental Health plan
An illness such as BPD is so stigmatised against, it doesn't even get recognised in the data published by the state government. This makes it difficult to write a submission when the assumption is made that mental illnesses are already defined and all that is required is to finesse how the needs in the mental health sector are being met. Today(2018) we understand the data that indicates that about 1% of those with BPD are receiving treatment.
For an organisation with no staff and no resources in Sept 2015, when this was undertaken, we are proud of our ability to make a difference.
REsponse to the discussion paper on victoria's clinical mental health system
This one page response expresses the frustration felt by those who work to change the way BPD is seen by those in the Clinical Mental Health System.