ON-BPD News | 2016, Issue 9

Following are some news stories from us, as well as some bulletins we've received that may be of interest to you. If you have news that would be of interest to us or our members, please send it to webservices@on-bpd.ca.

ON-BPD Updates:

News from our partners:


Call for Volunteers

ON-BPD could use your help! If you are interested in helping us support our community, please let us know.

  • Newsletter publication: gather pertinent articles, publish them on the ON-BPD website, and then distribute the link via MailChimp. Requires some knowledge of HTML.
  • Membership Chair (to review the process of renewing/growing membership and fundraising)
  • Program Chair (to help develop and present new programs, such as Continuing Connections)
  • Family Advisory Committee Liaison (to attend meetings of the Family Advisory Committee and report back to the ON-BPD Board)

If you are interested in helping support this growing organization, please contact our president, Michèle, at michele@on-bpd.ca.

Family Connections

ON-BPD is now accepting applications to participate in our winter session of Family Connections. Family Connections is a 12-week program designed to provide the adult family members and spouses of individuals with emotion dysregulation or borderline personality disorder with knowledge and skills for their own well-being and for better understanding their loved one.

The winter session will begin in January and will be held in Kanata. Attendance at all twelve sessions is required.

To apply, please download and complete the application form, and send it by e-mail to info@on-bpd.ca.

Continuing Connections

Our next session of Continuing Connections, our follow-up program for graduates of Family Connections, will take place sometime in the new year. Participation is by invitation only. If you have completed a Family Connections course, but have not received any of the previous e-mails about Continuing Connections, please contact us at webservices@on-bpd.ca.

Family Peer Support Group in Ottawa

Where: 211 Bronson Ave Rm. 215, Ottawa, K1R 6H5 *
When: Every Monday and Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: free.

No registration required, everyone is welcome.
Coffee/tea and snacks are provided.

*Free evening parking (after 3 pm) available behind the building (off of Nepean St.)
For more information about the Family Peer Support Groups, please email Nathalie Cote at nathaliec@pso-ottawa.ca or Beata Ziolkowski at beataz@pso-ottawa.ca

Free Webinar about Men with BPD

BPD Patient and Family Education live webinars are geared toward family members of loved ones with borderline personality disorder and are available free of charge. Advance registration is suggested. REGISTER HERE.

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Boys and Young Men: An Underserved Population
Thursday, January 12, 2017 4-5 pm EST
Hosted by Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, Program Director, 3East Intensive Boys Program; Director of Family Services, 3East Continuum

Although males comprise about half of the population of people with BPD, the vast majority go undiagnosed, and as a consequence our mental health system fails to provide optimal treatment for them. In fact, evidence suggests that many males with BPD end up, often incorrectly, diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and often problematically shunted into the criminal justice system. Frequency and origins of the illness, along with sticky assessment issues will be discussed, and recommendations for optimal treatment will be suggested.

If you are interested in viewing recordings of previous webinars, please visit the McLean Hospital website: mcleanhospital.org/bpdinitiative

Research into Caregiving of People with Personality Disorders

Paige Lamborn is doing research into the experience of people who care for others with personality disorders, and would like your input. Read more about it here: PDF about the survey.

Contact Paige Lamborn if you are interested in taking this survey.

CBC Radio: Understanding Mental Illness

What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end? First comes diagnosis, followed by treatment. Then there's stigma and stereotyping. This two-part series looks at mental illness, past and present, theory and practice, from asylums to labs in neuroscience. Marilyn Powell talks to those dealing with mental illness with their own truth to tell. Part 2 airs Thursday, November 17. **The first episode originally aired June 20, 2016.

Part 1 | Part 2

TED Talks: a Mental Health Playlist

TED Talks are well known for being entertaining and informative. The TED "playlist" includes insightful and personal stories of the struggle.

You may also be interested in listening to talks by Brené Brown, who has done a great deal of research into vulnerability and shame.