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for Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD Awareness Week 2020 - Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative of BPD  

 'Flipping the Script: Changing the Narrative of BPD' is the national campaign focus of BPD Awareness Week 2020

We know that there is a lot of stigma and discrimination surrounding the diagnosis of BPD.  In addition many people with BPD experience a lot of self-stigma.

This year's theme and the theme for the Foundations Annual conference is challenging everyone to:

  • Change the way we think about ourselves
  • Allow others to see our challenges
  • Educate ourselves and others
  • Move towards strengths-based thinking
  • Celebrates our strengths

This is important for our self-worth, helps us to understand our own and others behaviours and lead to sustainable wellness.

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Contributing your artwork

Much of the (mostly) historical language contained in research concerning people living with BPD is stigmatising, discriminatory and inappropriate. Research has acknowledged that many people with lived experience of personality disorder use art to process, identify and work through their self-stigma. predominantly how they process the way they feel about the BPD diagnosis and the attached language around it - we know that it can affect how we see ourselves.

In the identity section of her DBT art program, Lived Experience Advocate and Student Art Therapist Mahlie Jewell has designed an art task that specifically supports people to process how the label of BPD has affected the way they view themselves. Using a task called “flipping the script”, participants take a negative word used by medicalised models and turn it into a “reframed positive”. They FLIP IT! This guiding process has been provided by Mahlie to build the community response to this years BPD Awareness Week theme – “Flipping the script – changing the narrative of BPD”

Please be aware that we encourage people to practice self-care and positive self-regulation to complete this task – we remind participants to be mindful of distress and approach this task with positivity and hope.

This activity and examples of the work we are featuring are available for people to use as a guide on Mahlie’s website.

How you can contribute:

Please download and read our 'Guide for Sharing Safely':