When you understand, you cannot help but love; and when you love,
you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Sanctuary was founded in February 2012 by Judy and Bob Burke, parents of an adult woman with BPD. Finding no support or information through Mental Health authorities, they located other sources of assistance for their daughter, and once she had benefitted from those, decided to share their learnings with other Carers. The result was Sanctuary, which today is a group of more than 100 people who each care for a family member or other person affected by BPD.
We are a group of people who each care for a family member or other person who is affected by Borderline Personality Disorder [BPD]. Together, we make up Sanctuary, a support group for Carers, which aims to:
- Create a haven for BPD Carers, where experiences and information can be shared, and where we can support each other in our efforts to make sense of this debilitating and serious mental illness, to relate to the person we care for with understanding and compassion, and to find appropriate clinical support and treatment for those people
- Help members and others gain a better understanding of BPD, by countering discrimination and misinformation, and replacing it with sound, clinically-based information
Promote the need for access to a range of treatments for both individuals and families affected by BPD, and
- Advocate for recognition of BPD, for an end to discrimination against BPD, and for the provision of appropriate care and treatment for those for whom we care.
Sanctuary members are primarily located in Adelaide, South Australia, but people from many other locations are also on our mailing list.
Sanctuary is affiliated with the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia [MIFSA], and we gratefully acknowledge MIFSA’s support in providing our meeting venue and other services including printing brochures.
Sanctuary meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at the premises of MIFSA, 5 Cooke Terrace, in the Adelaide suburb of Wayville.
These meetings alternate between informal gatherings of members, and more formal meetings addressed by experienced guest speakers .
Membership of Sanctuary is available to all Carers of people affected by BPD, and some relevant others. There are no membership fees, although we do ask for a gold coin donation from meeting attendees, to cover incidental costs such as gifts to visiting speakers. Sanctuary is entirely run by volunteers.
We operate an information sharing service, available to anyone on our e-mailing list. Through this service, we provide information which we believe will be of interest to Carers of people affected by BPD. We also advocate for a better deal for people affected by BPD, by lobbying politicians and other influential people, supporting related petitions, speaking at conferences, etc.
We believe that:
- Nobody chooses to be mentally ill
- We should focus on the illness, not the behaviour
- Whatever is good for our loved one, is good for us