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Sanctuary members regularly contribute to this blog with information of interest to Carers of people with BPD.
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Sanctuary meetings are often held in the Glenside Admin and Learning Centre in the southwest corner of Glenside Health Services campus (bottom right of the map, marked with a red cross)
Our next Sanctuary meeting is Tuesday, February 11, from 4.30 to 6.30pm at the Glenside Admin and Learning Centre, 226 Fullarton Road, Glenside, South Australia
New members are welcome
Dr Maria Naso from BPD Co spoke at the January Sanctuary meeting
Laura Cooke-O’Connor from BPDCo spoke at the November Sanctuary meeting
In October, instead of our regular meeting, lets catch up at these BPD Awareness Week activities, between 1st and 9th October ………
We took this opportunity to focus on diagnosis, sharing a video from the NEA.BPD.
Dr Lisa Chantler (a psychologist from Bridge Consulting) ran a Q&A session at our August meeting .
At the July Sanctuary meeting, we watched a DVD from the series “If Only We Had Known”, which discusses how having someone in the family diagnosed with BPD affects all the members in the family
Sally Skewes, a Clinical Psychologist explained how she uses Schema Therapy to help consumers and how she works with families
Malcolm Robinson, a Family Therapist at Bower Place, spoke to Sanctuary about having a parent with BPD and how that might affect a child. Also what parents and grandparents can do to help.
Dr. Robin L. Kissell MD is the Director of the Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative, Semel Institute, UCLA.
At our March meeting, we listened to a recording of her excellent talk:
‘Understanding and Helping Loved Ones with Borderline Personality Disorder’
Kristy Acres who spoke about carer inclusion in hospital emergency departments.
Headspace run the Youth Early Psychosis Program (YEPP), an early intervention service where clinicians can visit someone at home or in the ED.
Video Educational Session
Emerging BPD and Youth Working Group
Floorplan of the new BPD Centre on Greenhill Rd
Kirsty Burns works in the Short stay Unit (Mental Health) at Flinders Medical Centre . She explained what happens in the Emergency Department when we take our family member there, who gets to see them to assess them and how do they get to see a psychiatrist, if at all. To help us understand how the system works and whether our expectations are unrealistic to fit in with hospital protocol and reduce some of the frustrations we experience.
What makes caring for a loved one diagnosed with BPD a unique experience? BPD is different from other mental illnesses such as Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia or depression etc. in that these illnesses are treatable with medication (as long as the person takes their meds of course!. BPD is different in that meds don’t help the BPD issues like abandonment, rage and self-harm among of course others.
Dr Martha Kent discussed how the new BPD Centre of Excellence (CoE) might work and all the different issues that need to be considered.
Dr Chris Wurm is a counsellor and a GP Psychotherapist in Private Practice.
Two of his many areas of interest are working with people who have Drug and Alcohol issues and also adolescents diagnosed with Mental Illness
This was a “just us” meeting, to be with people who “get it”, and learn which behaviours are not simply bad behaviour but are an effect of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Counsellor Joy Anasta helped us with setting boundaries for the person with BPD who we love and care for.
Here is a recording of Aaron Fornarino speaking at a Sanctuary meeting about his life with BPD and his subsequent recovery.
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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.