FBPDA in the community…

World Suicide Prevention Day presented by Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force On October 14th, FBPDA set up our information table at the James Haley VA Hospital for the World Suicide Prevention Day presented by Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force hosted by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The community resource fair had many tables and attendees included VA Hospital staff, many active military soldiers, and family members and friends that have been affected by suicide tragedies. Guest speakers included Grace Terry, MSW, who talked about her struggles and her coping with difficult memories and emotions, Emily Surak, who is Miss Central Florida Outstanding Teen, who gave a wonderful talk about teens who talk about suicide and when to get adults involved. Another speaker was Jesse Collins, PhD, LMHC, NCC, PA. His talk was about “Resilience is in your Pocket”. The last speaker was Al Ruechel, Senior Anchor of Bay News 9 who has had several people he knows die by suicide including a dear friend and co-worker. There were tables of crafts for children to do and an interpretive dance was done by the Synchrony Dance Company. The last moments of the event included a candlelight vigil. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk October 28th was a beautiful day and Sims Park in New Port Richey held the “Out of the Darkness” walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). There were hundreds of folks who came to connect and talk with others who have survived the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide. Teams and attendees came together to listen...

May Video Series- What is Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT)?

May is BPD Awareness Month. Join the FBPDA and millions of people around the country to destigmatize Borderline Personality Disorder and to share information and stories of hope. Check our blog all throughout the month for new videos about BPD.   About this video: A great video explaining Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and how it is used to help people improve BPD symptoms....

Call to Action for BPD!

The National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) is asking everyone to call our local representatives to let them know that BPD is a serious mental illness that needs more federal government dollars that give people access to treatment, support, and resources. Please read the e-mail below and click on the link to make the call. It really will make a difference! Dear NEABPD Friends,   We are asking you to join an important and timely advocacy initiative before the end of May, BPD Awareness Month.  Please call your local House Representative asking them to sign on to a letter written by their colleague, Representative Barbara Comstock from Virginia recognizing BPD as a serious mental illness.   This recognition will offer new opportunities for support and significant funding for the BPD community. We have less than 14 days to get Members of the House to sign on…   Please see the letter below and go to http://emotionsmatterbpd.org/ for complete instructions on how to contact your local Representative and advocate for BPD.   Thank you in advance for your time and effort!...

May Video Series- How Marsha Linehan learned Radical Acceptance

May is BPD Awareness Month. Join the FBPDA and millions of people around the country to destigmatize Borderline Personality Disorder and to share information and stories of hope. Check our blog all throughout the month for new videos about BPD. About this video: Marsha Linehan, creator of the highly-regarded Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), discusses Borderline Personality Disorder from the viewpoint of a clinician / researcher of the highest caliber. Here she talks about how she learned the skill of radical acceptance. ...