We had a very interesting meeting on Tuesday August 14, when our speaker was our Patron, Dr Martha Kent. We didn’t have too much time to discuss issues on how to help our family members with BPD as most of the time was taken up with trying to understand how the new Centre of Excellence (CoE) might work and all the different issues that need to be considered.
Martha told us that the plans included
- 18 more DBT groups to be offered.
- The centre will mainly concentrate at this stage on the people who are most at risk
- There will be more help for mothers diagnosed with BPD
- There will be more help for young people
The CoE wants to improve access to services and wants to reduce suicide and self harm
There will be training re BPD for all workers, both clinicians, social workers, nurses and also NGO’s. People with lived experience (consumers and carers) will included in the planning of the CoE.
It will also concentrate on the Forensic system, Eating disorders, and veterans.
There is so much to be worked out still as to how to get the best system.
At the same time, we heard from a couple from the country about how they and their daughter were treated by the mental health system where they live. As Martha commented, she was appalled to hear their story. If we in the city think we have problems with the MH system spare a thought for people in the country who are treated 100 times worse.
However the good (?) news is you now have a chance to take part in a study asking what you would like from nurses when you take your family member to ED’s. Kristy Acres, who some of you met at a Sanctuary meeting earlier this year will be conducting interviews at Focus group meetings.
For the details of the study and how to be involved, please contact us here.
I urge as many of you as possible to take part and let’s see if we can improve one small part of the mental health system when it works with someone caring for a family member with BPD.