Supporting people with Borderline Personality Disorder

If you live with someone who has BPD, caring for them as they manage study or work can be a challenge. Some places that offer support designed for young carers include:

If you’re wanting tools to help you look after your health and wellbeing, Reachout has a compiled list of the 60 best tools and apps for young people, rated by young people and clinicians.

Crisis support

For a medical emergency, dial 000 and ask for ambulance.

For support in a mental health crisis, dial 13 14 65.

This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days and week and is staff by experienced mental health clinicians.

Other telephone helplines for support run by non-government services are:

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636 (24 hours) or chat online (3 pm to 12 am)
  • Suicide call back service – 1300 659 467 or online counselling
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 or webchat.

For more information on crisis services, please visit the Help in crisis situations web page.


Below is a list of useful fact sheets for families, partners and carers, courtesy of Project Air, which can be found on their Fact Sheets webpage:

  • The basics – for families, partners and carers
  • Effective communication – for families, partners and carers
  • Understanding self-harm and suicidal thinking – for families, partners and carers
  • Strategies for effective communication and healthy relationships – for families, partners and carers
  • Helpful tips for challenging relationships – for families, partners and carers
  • Managing anger – for families, partners and carers
  • Looking after yourself – for families, partners and carers.