ON-BPD News | 2018, Issue 1

Following are some news stories from us, as well as some bulletins we've received that may be of interest to you.

Updates from the Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder:

News from our partners:

If you have news that would be of interest to us or our members, please send it to webservices@on-bpd.ca.


Continuing Connections

Continuing Connections is an invitation-only half-day workshop delivered quarterly to graduates who have completed the 12-week Family Connections® course. The main objectives of Continuing Connections are to develop a support network for family members experiencing similar situations and to practice the Family Connections skills in a safe, supportive environment. The 2018 Continuing Connections workshops will focus on the following skills:

  • VALIDATION: Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm — already conducted
  • RADICAL ACCEPTANCE: Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • RELATIONSHIP MINDFULNESS: Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

If you are a graduate of the Family Connections program or a trained facilitator, and do not receive an email invitation to attend approximately two weeks before the proposed dates, please send an email to karen@on-bpd.ca and an Eventbrite invitation link will be sent to you.


Your donations make a difference.

Your donations enable us to continue offering the Family Connections program, and to cover any administrative expenses. The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder is an entirely volunteer-run charitable organization, (Registered Charity Number: 829239474RR0001). There are no salaries or honoraria for volunteers with ON-BPD.

There are several ways you can help us keep going.

Find out more at on-bpd.ca/en/donations.


News You May Have Missed


Family Peer Support Group

The Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa has a weekly drop-in for families of people with psychiatric disorders.

Topic: Managing Guilt
When: April 9, 2018

Topic: Open Discussion, Sharing and Support
When: April 16, 2018

Find out more about PSO here.


Mental Health First Aid: 2-day Event

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. The concept is based on the model of medical first aid. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based course developed in Australia by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm. The course has been formally evaluated and shows a number of benefits:

•    Better recognition of mental health problems
•    Increased knowledge about appropriate treatments
•    Reduced stigma
•    Increased confidence in providing help to others

Date: This is a 2-day event, Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. both days
Location: The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7K4
Cost:    $200 (Regular)
             $100 (Student)

Please click here to register.

For more information, contact Sally Thomson-Burrows or 613.722.6521, ext. 6535.


Upcoming PLEO Events

The Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario keeps a calendar of events that parents (and caregivers) might be interested in. We recommend you check it periodically.

Visit the calendar here. The following is one upcoming event (different dates for French and English) that might be of interest to you.  

Collaborative Problem Solving – Training Opportunity


Résolution conjointe de problèmes – Opportunité de formation

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) helps develop a better understanding of behavior, decrease explosive or unsafe behavior, and creates more effective, proactive ways to solve and prevent problems among children and youth.    La Résolution conjointe de problèmes (RCP) permet de développer une meilleure compréhension des comportements, réduire les comportements explosifs ou dangereux et créer des stratégies efficaces et proactives visant à régler et prévenir des problèmes chez l’enfant et l’adolescent.
When: April 3, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Roberts/Smart Centre 1199 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON – Boardroom of the main building Ottawa, ON (adjacent to the Royal Mental Health Centre).
Registration: suson@rsc-crs.com
  Quand : le 4 avril 4 2018  18h00 à 19h30
Où : Le Centre Roberts Smart 1199 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON – (salle de conférence) (adjacent au Royal

Inscrivez-vous : suson@rsc-crs.com


News | Nouvelles

We are very excited to read the news bulletin from the Office of the Premier of Ontario on March 21.

News: Ontario Making Historic Investment in Mental Health Care


L'Ontario investit de manière historique dans les soins de santé mentale

The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, visited the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto to announce the biggest provincial investment in Canadian history in mental health and addictions services – a four-year investment of $2.1 billion that will reframe the system to deliver more accessible and better integrated care.   La première ministre de l’Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, a visité le Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale de Toronto pour annoncer le plus important investissement provincial dans les services de santé mentale et de lutte contre la toxicomanie de l'histoire du Canada. Il s'agit d'un investissement de plus de 2,1 milliards de dollars sur quatre ans qui repense le système afin d'offrir des soins plus accessibles et mieux intégrés.
The investment will make it easier to access services through a local school, family doctor's office or community-based organization.   Cet investissement facilitera l'accès aux services en les rendant accessibles dans les écoles, les cabinets de médecins de famille ou les organismes communautaires.
According to the announcement, the province will create at least 15 additional youth “wellness hubs” over four years to improve access to services, fill critical service gaps for youth aged 12 to 25 and improve transitions to adult services.   Selon l’annonce, la province créera au moins 15 nouveaux « Carrefours bien-être » pour les jeunes sur une période de quatre ans afin d'améliorer l'accès aux services, de combler les lacunes critiques en matière de services pour les jeunes de 12 à 25 ans et d'améliorer la transition des jeunes vers les services destinés aux adultes.
Read the announcement here.   Lire le communiqué ici.


Maintaining Healthy Relationships


The Oasis in Kanata is hosting a free information session on “Maintaining Healthy Relationships.”  Psychologists Dr. Robyn Marquis and Dr. Joanne Bihari of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute (OCFI) will discuss techniques to nurture and maintain healthy relationships within a family in which one of its members is suffering from a mental illness. 

When: April 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata
Registration: 613-435-1100 or info@TheOasisKanata.ca
See poster for details (downloads a PDF file).


“A Taste of Mindfulness” Workshop, Guided by Susan Kehoe.

“Mindfulness is creating an intention to well-being, paying attention to what is in this moment, and approaching ‘what is’ with an attitude of curiosity and openness.” This free workshop for caregivers will be both an introduction to mindfulness and an experience of the “how to” of Mindfulness by way of short meditations, mindful eating, and more. The gentle in-class meditation practice will be done on a yoga mat or seated on a chair. 

When: Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata
Registration: 613-435-1100 or info@TheOasisKanata.ca
Visit the Oasis website for further information.




Patient and Family Education Webinars through the McLean Hospital

Webinar: Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Hosted by Martin Bohus, MD, Heidelberg University, Germany

More than half of patients with BPD also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Bohus, an expert clinician and researcher, will discuss this co-occurrence between BPD and PTSD. He will elaborate on the evidence-based treatment he has developed, dialectical behavior therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (DBT for PTSD).

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 10-11am EDT
Cost: Free
Registration: Online

Webinar: DBT in a Nutshell

Hosted by James A. Jenkins, MD, Medical Director, 3East Cambridge Residence

DBT is one of the evidence-based treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder. In this webinar, Dr. Jenkins will review the development, efficacy, underlying assumptions, and therapeutic interventions that characterize dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5-6pm, EDT
Cost: Free
Registration: Online


Healthy Minds Newsletter

CMHA Ottawa’s newsletter, Healthy Minds, features our news and events and provides information about our training workshops. Click here to subscribe. 

Visit the website to see previous issues of Healthy Minds.