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Australian BPD Foundation The Australian BPD Foundation is a group of consumers, carers and clinicians seeking to improve the lives of people living with Borderline Personality Disorder.
They have a Petition to increase Medicare-funded visits for BPD and other complex mental health conditions.
(Become a MemberWebsiteFlyerYouTube – Facebook)
BPD Co (South Australia) BPD Co is short for BPD Collaborative. They offer supports for people living with severe and complex BPD in SA.
BPD SA BPD Support Services in South Australia provides a central point for information about Borderline Personality Disorder and the support services including referral requirements, available in South Australia.
Carer Gateway Carer Gateway is a national service funded by the Australian Government, offering a website and phone service for carers to access practical information and support: 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Carers SA Carers SA is the peak body for all Carers in South Australia (not exclusively for Mental Health Carers) It provides a State-wide Carer Advisory & Counselling Service.
Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) The ACPA is the national professional body that represents clinical psychologists in Australia.
(WebsiteFind a Clinical Psychologist)
HelpGuide HelpGuide is a guide to mental health and wellness. HelpGuide’s mission is to provide evidence-based mental health education and to empower you with information you can use to help yourself and your loved ones.
NEA.BPD Australia The National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD)
NEA.BPD co-ordinate Family Connections®, a free, 12-week course for carers that provides education, skills training, and support.
Project Air (NSW) Project Air is a Personality Disorders Strategy that aims to enhance treatment options for people with Personality Disorder and their families and carers in NSW.
RANZ College of Psychiatrists The RANZCP is the principal organisation representing the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand
(WebsiteTreatmentsFind a Psychiatrist)
Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group That’s us!    Sanctuary is a haven for BPD Carers, where experiences and information can be shared.
SANE Australia SANE is a mental health charity supporting Australians with complex mental illness by providing mental health awareness, online peer support and information, stigma reduction, specialist helpline support, research and advocacy.
Check out the Sane Forums.
Skylight (SA) Skylight (formerly MIFSA) is Sanctuary’s parent body and an NGO (non-government organisation) providing services & support to BPD Consumers & Carers, including respite.
Spectrum (Victoria) Spectrum is the personality disorder service for Victoria

Australian Helplines

Emergency 000 Ambulance, police or fire services in an emergency. Only call triple zero (000) if the situation is serious and urgent.
SA Mental Health Triage 13 14 65 Assistance in a mental health emergency in South Australia, available 24 hours, seven days a week.
SANE Australia 1800 187 263 Talk to a mental health professional trained in BPD, weekdays between 10am and 10pm AEST.
Lifeline 13 11 14 Free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia.
1800 013 755
Lived Experience Telephone Support (LETSS).  A caring voice over the phone for support with mental health conditions between 5pm-11:30pm, 365 days a year.
or chat online.
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24 hour service that provides free telephone, video and online counselling.
Carers Australia 1800 242 636 Carers Australia can help you work through the emotions and challenges carers face everyday. Advice: 1800 242 636. Respite: 1800 052 222.
Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 800 098 24/7 telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same-sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 Call or chat one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, 24/7.
or chat online.
Headspace SA 1800 063 267 Headspace runs YEPP is an early intervention program for young people affected by psychosis (and their families)
Call, email or chat online.
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
or chat online.
MensLine 1300 789 978 24 hour telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns, staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues.
Poisons Information Line 13 11 26 If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose or has been poisoned, do not try to treat them yourself. Get medical help immediately. If the person is showing signs of being seriously ill, such as vomiting, loss of consciousness, drowsiness or seizures (fits), call triple zero (000) for an ambulance, or take the person to the closest emergency department.
Health Direct 1800 022 222 Free, 24-hour Health Advice from registered nurses in Australia.

more South Australian Crisis Helplines …


Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012)


From the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council This guideline aims to assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults. You can download the Guideline in PDF format.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide to Healing and Change

by Valerie Porr M.A.

Oxford University Press, 2010

Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells

by Randi Kreger

Hazelden Information & Educational Services, 2007

Borderline Personality Disorder: An Evidence-based Guide for Generalist Mental Health Professionals

by Anthony W. Bateman, Roy Krawitz

Oxford University Press, 2013



Family Connections

A free 12 week course for anyone who cares for someone with BPD.

Independent studies have shown that family members experience less depression, burden, and grief, and more feelings of empowerment, after attending this course.

About Family Connections  
Schedule of Upcoming Courses  
Registration Form  
Guidelines for Families living with BPD  


Skylight Skylight creates environments of understanding, connection, optimism and courage through individual support, group activities, respite and community education sharing a journey to empowerment with individuals, their friends and family and their carers.
Financial assistance Carers may be eligible for financial assistance:
Carer Allowance, Carer Payment, Carer Supplement.
The Carer Gateway provides a phone line for support and advice:
1800 422 737 Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm.
How to apply
Medicare Rebates Speak to your GP about a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
People with BPD and other mental health conditions may be eligible for rebates for up to 10 treatments per year through Medicare.(If 10 is not enough, please sign this Petition from the Australian BPD Foundation to have the number of visits increased)
Telehealth Patients in eligible rural, remote or very remote areas may qualify for video consultations through Medicare.
Anglicare SA Mental Health Services Anglicare supports people living with mental health struggles to live full lives where their choices are respected & their needs are met. Personal Helpers and Mentors, Carer Respite, Individual Support, Supported Residential Facilities.
Uniting SA Mental Health UnitingSA offers support to individuals, families and young people living with a mental illness or mental health concern, across metropolitan Adelaide and Country SA. UnitingSA Mental Health Services are designed to help you handle life’s obstacles, form positive relationships and work towards your goals. Providing information, advocacy and support. There is also a lived experience workforce and a Supported Residential Facility program.

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This website is produced by members of the Sanctuary Support Group. We are not mental health professionals nor clinicians.  We are ordinary people who care for someone with BPD. This website is a collection of information that we have found helpful or of interest in the context of our own lived experiences. The content of this website is not a substitute for independent professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.