Spread the word about BPD.

You can raise awareness in a number of ways on this page you'll find:

  • Letter templates you can download
  • A form you can fill out to send directly to MP's
  • MP contact details to send correspondence

Make your voice heard

  • To ensure Australians with BPD receive effective treatment and the best chance of recovery we need our Federal and State politicians to understand more about this mental illness and commit resources to make real change.

  • You can help us make Australia’s political leaders sit up and really take notice of the challenges and opportunities facing people with BPD and their families by making your voice heard.

  • Please take the time to write or email your local members of both State and Federal Parliament and tell them all or any of the following:

    • The effects of BPD are severe:
      • 10% of people with BPD will die by suicide
      • The life span of a person with BPD is almost two decades less than other Australians
      • People with BPD have among the highest rates of drug and alcohol use, poor physical, sexual and reproductive health and high levels of unemployment.

    • Better training and knowledge among GPs, hospital emergency department workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and other clinicians working in the mental health sector is needed in Australia

    • A national BPD telephone support and referral service is a critical and sorely needed step forward in accessing treatment for this mental illness

    • The Clinical Practical Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder, developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (2012) must be implemented across Australia as a priority mental health initiative

    • Every person with BPD and their families should be able to access adequate clinical care from their public mental health service

    • With the correct diagnosis and appropriate, evidence-based psychological treatment, people can and do recover from BPD, and go on to lead full and productive lives

    It is also critical for politicians in Western Australia, South Australia, the ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania to get behind the establishment of a dedicated BPD specialist service for their states, such as the ones that NSW (Project Air Strategy for NSW).

    If you have your own personal story about journeying with BPD – either as someone who has BPD or as a family member or carer of someone with BPD - we urge you to share your thoughts and concerns about the lack of resources and services available with your local politicians and the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, PO Box 6022, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

    If you find it difficult to craft your own letter or email, you can still participate by completing one of the pre-prepared letters here on our website.

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Help us push for legislative change that’ll improve people’s lives.

Increase Medicare-funded visits for BPD and other complex mental health conditions

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