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August 2022 Sanctuary Meeting – Getting help in an urgent mental health crisis (UMHCC)
Claire and Tim spoke about Adelaide’s new UMHCC at 215 Grenfell Street (an alternative to ED in a mental health crisis).
Call (08) 8448 9100 or ask the ambulance to take you there.
March 2022 Sanctuary Meeting – Anne Barbara
Carers have rights in the South Australian Health system
When things aren’t going the way we think they need to go, it can be a harrowing experience. Here are some ideas about what to do and who to talk to.
September 2021 Sanctuary Meeting – IPS Employment Scheme
IPS supports people with mental illness to gain and maintain employment.
Evidence shows IPS is far more effective than traditional methods
Ellie Heard (Social Worker, Eastern Community Mental Health Centre) and Tim Wiseman (Regional IPS Coordinator, Community Bridging Services Inc.) spoke about IPS programs, currently delivered at Eastern and Western Community Mental Health Centres
August 2021 Sanctuary Meeting – Assistance for Carers
Skylight and Carers SA outlined the assistance available to carers of people living with borderline personality disorder (BPD)
February 2021 Sanctuary Meeting – Deb Milford, BPD and NDIS
Deb Milford spoke to our February meeting about the Australian NDIS scheme, who is eligible and tips on applying for people living with BPD
COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line
A new Peer led mental health support line to help South Australians deal with the emotional distress of COVID-19 has been launched by Skylight Mental Health
May 2020 Sanctuary Meeting – Danielle Forbes
Danielle Forbes and Laura Cooke-O’Connor from BPD Co spoke at our May Sanctuary meeting.
Family Connections® Course – for anyone helping to care for a person with BPD
Family Connections® is a free, 12-week course from NEA.BPD that provides education, skills training and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has BPD.
Petition for more funded visits for complex mental health conditions
The Australian BPD Foundation have a petition to increase Medicare-funded visits for BPD and other complex mental health conditions.
You can support them by signing the petition online.
When you can never be enough
Dr Margaret Rutherford talks about the exhaustion and guilt that can be felt by someone who’s trying to love a person with BPD. She offer nine strategies to try to ease the guilt
Finding peace amongst the turmoil
When Your Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder – Finding peace amongst the turmoil, by Kathleen Smith, PhD
Ten Essential Limits for Romantic Relationships
Ten Essential Limits for Romantic Relationships, by Randi Kruger
Webinar: The Impact of Suicidality on Family and Friends
On Thursday 25 July 2019, a webinar from NEA.BPD for family members who have experienced, witnessed or learned about their loved one’s suicide attempt and may have increased distress, grief, overwhelming worry or fear about their loved one’s safety, increased alertness or hypervigilance, and uncertainty about how to respond to their loved one’s behaviour.
Family members often find themselves anticipating the next crisis, without a chance to recover or process the previous one.
The Special Guest presenter is Dr. Luciana Payne, Ph.D, a Clinical Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA
May 2019 Sanctuary Meeting – Sally Skewes, Advanced Schema Therapist, Secure Nest
Sally Skewes, a Clinical Psychologist explained how she uses Schema Therapy to help consumers and how she works with families
Borderline Personality Disorder: a clinician’s perspective
Carolyn Bright discusses Borderline Personality Disorder, recovery and what to look for in a treating team or clinician
Children who have a Parent with Mental Illness
Some members support a child or grandchild whose parent has been diagnosed with, or has symptoms of BPD.
I know this causes more distress for you as you try to give the best care to the little one (or sometimes not so little!!)
Here are links to some information that may help you in your care for childen or grandchildren.
Choosing a Therapist
From our January Meeting, what to look for in a new clinician, and some questions you may like to ask a therapist before you actually make an appointment.
January 2019 Sanctuary Meeting – Dan Schmidt, Headspace
Headspace run the Youth Early Psychosis Program (YEPP), an early intervention service where clinicians can visit someone at home or in the ED.
Lived Experience Telephone Support Service 1800 013 755
1800 013 755 is a new after hours telephone support service at Skylight.
The new Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) phone line aims to assist people to access mental health support during the hours of 5pm – 11:30pm, 365 days a year.
Webinar: BPD and Families, what’s the connection – Part 2 – Recording
Part 2 of the NEA's webinar about the Family Connections® course and how it can help. This was broadcast on-line on 5 December 2018. Here is a recording of the webinar The panel discussion featured Cassie Choo, person with lived experience of BPD, Carissa Wright, BPD...
Webinar: BPD and Families, what’s the connection – Part 1 – Recording
For BPD Awareness Week, a webinar featuring our member Liz and her son Jake talking about the Family Connections® course and how it has helped them. Here is a recording of the Webinar BPD Affects The Whole Family When a loved one has borderline...
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