Supporting people with Borderline Personality Disorder
If you live with or support someone who has BPD, caring for them as they manage work, study or other commitments can be a challenge. There are places that can help you to learn more about how best to support the person you care for, as well as looking after your own wellbeing. A carer can be anyone who is involved with caring, or supporting someone with BPD and does not have to be an official title.
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.
information and support for carers:
BPDSAprovides a central point for information for consumers, carers, family members and health providers about Borderline Personality Disorder and the support services including referral requirements, available in South Australia.
Carers SA provides links to carers groups, and counselling to offer advice and support.
Carer Gateway the pathway for carer support in South Australia from May 2020.
Australian BPD Foundation is a useful website offering resources and information, as well as links to engage with local services state by state, for both carers and people with BPD.
Sanctuary SA offers a peer led support group in Adelaide, meeting regularly, for carers of people living with BPD.
Family Connections a short course designed for people who support or care for someone with BPD. Participants learn skills to navigate symptoms of BPD and learn about treatment theories and practices, with a focus on carer wellbeing.
NEABPD The overarching organisation linked to Family Connections, many useful resources from webinars, covering psychoeducation and how to respond better to someone you care about who has BPD.
Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS), psychosocial support may be available as someone with a diagnosis of BPD. Carers may often need to assist in compiling the information to apply, although the process needs to be commenced by the person receiving the service directly.
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