The Ambassador for BPD Awareness Week 2017 Professor Ian Hickie introduces this years campaign.
He welcomes people with BPD and their families and speaks about the ways in which we may more positively promote the quality of their lives and also more positive engagement with the health system.
Ian Hickie is a National Mental Health Commissioner and a co-director of the Brain and Mind Institute
In 2017 an expanded group of clinical and not-for-profit organisations who have an interest in BPD are collaborating to continue to promote understanding of BPD in the community and the need for equitable access to evidence based treatment options and support (including families) to improve the quality of life for everyone impacted by BPD.
This year the group has decided to follow on the theme for the annual BPD conference to be held in Perth later in October. The theme for this year’s conference is “From Stigma to Strength”. Click here for more information regarding the 2 day conference.
The group is very grateful for the generous financial support provided by Mind Australia Limited, NEAMI National, Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders NSW, and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria which has enabled us to contract The PR Collaborative to undertake a public relations and media campaign for BPD Awareness Week.
The BPD Awareness Week Collaboration group is also extremely appreciative of the pro bono support that Titan Digital are providing to refresh and manage the website they developed for BPD Awareness Week in 2016.
This year the Australian BPD Foundation is coordinating the BPD Awareness Collaboration group which includes:
• Australian BPD Foundation including the NSW, SA & Victorian Branches
• BPD Awareness ACT
• BPD Community
• Fenix Borderline Network WA
• Guy Ellies, Volunteer Project Coordinator 2016 BPD Awareness Week
• Helping Minds WA
• Mental Health Carers BSW
• Mental Illness Fellowship Australia
• Mind Australia Limited
• NEA-BPD [National Education Alliance for BPD (Aust)] and ‘Family Connections’
• NEAMI National
• Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Vic)
• Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia)
• Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders (NSW)
• SANE Australia
• Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria
It is great to see the group constantly expanding! We are building on the excellent foundation established in 2016 and look forward to building the momentum in 2017.
Check out the bpdawareness website to strengthen efforts to raise awareness of BPD and get involved!!