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We’re glad you’ve found us. If you live in the Ottawa area and have a loved one with BPD, we hope that we will be able to help you.

The main objectives of the Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder (ON-BPD) are to educate and support relatives of people with BPD and to help family members develop skills for coping. This is done primarily through presenting the Family Connections program.

We have also listed some resources, such as books, articles, and videos that may help you.

If you are in crisis, please use one of the following crisis lines or call 911.

Age 16 years and up | Mental Health Crisis Line | www.crisisline.ca

613-722-6914, in Ottawa
1-866-996-0991, outside Ottawa, toll-free

Individuals, families or concerned friends can call. Calls will be answered as quickly as possible. The average wait time is 2 minutes. You will not wait more than 10 minutes. The crisis line is available anywhere in the City of Ottawa, Renfrew County, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry counties, Akwesasne and Prescott & Russell Counties.

Age 18 years and under | Youth Services Bureau | www.ysb.on.ca

613-260-2360, in Ottawa
1-877-377-7775, toll-free for Eastern Ontario

This Crisis Line service is for children and youth ages 18 and under, who are experiencing a crisis, and for parents, guardians, caregivers, friends or service providers who are concerned about a young person in crisis.

Age 5–20 years | Kids Help Phone | www.kidshelpphone.ca

Free, anonymous 1-800-668-6868

Missed diagnosis and no treatment: BPD’s risk to adolescents

Black and white image of despondent teen. Text reads Emotional Rescue

Borderline Personality Disorder is hard to diagnose in troubled teenagers and even harder to treat. A W5 investigation on this disorder.

Published Friday, October 23, 2015 1:12PM EDT

The contrast is striking. Katherine Duff gives off the attractive aura of an 18-year-old woman in good health and good humour. But when she begins to speak of what she has been dealing with since she was a child, a different image emerges.

“Every single day seems like it’s going to be the end,” she told W5. “Every single thing that you do requires so much work that you always are wondering if it’s worth it, if you should just give up now.”

When Katherine was 15, she did give up and tried to end her own life. She survived and then tried again at 16. Her parents had begun a desperate search to try to find out what was wrong with her, and to find a treatment that would help her. Eventually, they would learn she was suffering from a psychiatric condition called, Borderline Personality Disorder. Or BPD.

Free Webinar on Mindfulness

Free Webinar: The Application of Mindfulness in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

mindfulness_poster_UKMindfulness is a core skill of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and involves increasing self-awareness by learning to focus on one’s experience of the present moment. In this webinar geared toward family members of loved ones with borderline personality disorder (BPD), Dr. Blaise Aguirre will discuss the application of mindfulness in the treatment of BPD.

This webinar will make a great “refresher” for those who have previously attended a Family Connections program.

The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (who developed the Family Connections program) and the McLean Hospital of Harvard University invite you to register for a webinar geared toward family members of loved ones with emotion dysreglation or BPD.

The webinar has a limit of 100 participants, so early registration is very important.

Who should participate: Family members. Space is limited to 100 participants.
What: a free, online presentation (You will need a high-speed Internet connection to participate.)
When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Available internationally
Why: Family involvement has been demonstrated to improve the outcome for those who struggle with emotion dysregulation.
How: Register online here.

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