The theme for the 2023 BPD Awareness Week campaign is 'Be the Difference: Principles of Care'
People living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often experience stigma and discrimination which remains a significant barrier to accessing appropriate care.
There are a number of evidence-based treatments for BPD, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Schema-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). However, these may require many years of mastery and often have limited availability. Recently, structured generalist approaches such as Good Psychiatric Management (GPM), have also been proven to work for people experiencing BPD.
The core principles of care are drawn from the common factors of ‘what works’ in effective therapies. They can be easily incorporated in the practice of health professionals, expanding access to treatment and ensuring every interaction can be therapeutic.
Be the difference, make a difference, by applying the core BPD principles of care in your practice.
This campaign is informative and educational, encouraging health professionals to discover more about how they can effectively guide people living with BPD towards recovery with positivity and hope.
The 2023 BPD Awareness Week ambassador is A/Prof Jo Beatson (OAM) who has spent a lifetime dedicated to working with people living with BPD and a distinguished advocate for applying the core BPD principles of care.