The 2021 message for BPD Awareness Week is 'Discover Creative Wellbeing'. It aims to encourage thinking beyond the conventional concept of 'therapy' - to consider creative therapies and explore creative ways to promote positive outcomes.
This year's message is designed to build upon the 2020 campaign 'Flipping the Script: Changing 'the Narrative on BPD' which identified a gap in treatment programs addressing a person's complex sense of self, self-stigma and negative self-narrative.
‘Discover Creative Wellbeing’ has a 3-pronged approach:
For people experiencing the symptoms of BPD:
Increase access to creative methods of expression and communication, supporting visual and audio practices, peer support, thinking outside the standard verbal therapy box.
How can they encourage and instil more creative thinking and ways to approach wellbeing?
For those working with people living with BPD:
Thinking outside the box in terms of treatment practices and methods. How can they encourage and instil more creative thinking and ways to approach wellbeing? Encouraging expression and communication in creative ways – song writing, music, poetry, letter/journal writing and non-verbal communication such as prompt/strengths cards.