May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    FBPDA is joining with NAMI Pasco to participate in a challenge for Mental Health Awareness and BPD Awareness Month in May. The challenge is “Light Up Green in May” to open the dialogue on the importance of mental health. Some examples might be to put green lights or green lightbulbs at your front door entry, or put a green light in your window. Another idea is to cut out a large cardboard ribbon, paint, it green, hang it on your front door, and shine a light on it. Whatever your “Light Up” idea is, take a photo and share it with us! info@fbpda.org. We will post to Facebook. Challenge your neighbors, friends, and businesses that you frequent to do the same during the month of...

BPD Awareness Month: BPD The Good Prognosis Diagnosis

BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is treatable and people can get better, sustain manageable lives, and rebuild relationships. BPD is the good prognosis diagnosis BECAUSE PEOPLE GET BETTER. People recover from this disorder, and learn to manage their lives in effective...

BPD Awareness Month: One Person’s Story

In this video, Victoria shares candidly about her experience with Borderline Personality Disorder and beyond – “”when somebody gets me and supports me, [..] they encourage me because they see that I am more than my disorder and that I have endless possibilities.” For more stories of individuals who have BPD, check out the Sashbear Foundation...

BPD Awareness Month: People with BPD Talking About BPD

Today’s video is the documentary “Back from the Edge.” The video was created by the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at NewYork-Presbyterian. Learn more at NYP’s BPD Resource Center. This is an excellent and informative video featuring three people who suffered and were successfully treated for their BPD. Marsha Linehan, a psychologist who also had BPD and developed DBT therapy for borderline patients, is also featured, as well as Otto Kernberg, an psychologist who specializes in NPD and...

BPD Awareness Month: A Video About Embracing BPD

In this video, Dr. Gaynor presents a thoroughly engaging lecture about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The current working definition of BPD is ‘a pervasive disorder of the emotion regulation system’. Dr. Gaynor outlines how BPD presents differently to ‘normal’ depression and bipolar depression. He talks about common behaviors (addictions, self-harm, acting out) that some people engage in when attempting to regulate the emotional dysregulation caused by BPD. He addresses the reasons that BPD symptoms may develop for an individual and refers to three evidence based treatments: Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mentalisation and Schema Therapy. Dr. Gaynor also stresses the important contribution made by Margaret Linehan, who is considered the leading expert internationally in the field of...

May is BPD Awareness Month: Check Out our Blog All Month!

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. On April 1, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 414-0, House Resolution 1005 which supports the month of May as Borderline Personality Disorder 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, information, and resources about BPD. The first video, below, is written by someone who has overcome Borderline Personality Disorder. The video is an “open letter” to people who do not have borderline personality disorder. If you find the video helpful and would like to learn more about the author, check out her blog...

This is Sam’s Story of her experience with BPD. From Sam: “That’s a fantastic feeling to feel understood, to be listened to, to be connected..Self stigma is huge, it’s another obstacle you have to jump through, and there’s no therapy for that…Recovery is not just getting “better”, it just means having a life that you define as thriving.” For more stories of individuals who have BPD, check out the Sashbear Foundation...

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...

Free Educational Call in Series Focusing on topics related to Kids and Teens Starts Tomorrow 11/5 at 8pm.

I’m delighted to announce this year’s NEA.BPD Call-In Series, which will be a GAP series, representing The Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention of BPD. Through GAP, we will focus on topics related to kids and adolescents.   This year we are making the call-ins more of a “podcast” format, with a brief presentation by the speaker following by a Q&A discussion between the speaker and a moderator.   Please mark your calendars for our kickoff call on Sunday 11/5 8-9pm EST. Please see attached for the other dates and speakers! During the calls, we will have the opportunity for you to write in with questions for our speakers!    You can register by emailing neabpdcalls@aol.com with your name and email address.   Dr. Carla Sharp will be kicking off this series on Sun 11/5: “Global Alliance for Prevention & Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Past, present, & future”. Best,   Andrea Gold,...