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About Us

Borderline Arts is the only charity in the UK that focuses specifically on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We use the arts to raise awareness of BPD - a severe and enduring mental health condition. Through increasing understanding of the condition, we not only educate people, but also break down the stigma surrounding it.

1% of the population has a diagnosis of BPD, and 1 in 10 individuals with BPD die from suicide. Despite this, very few people know what BPD is or how to effectively support those with the condition. We want to help change that, and that is why we exist! 

Click here to browse our short but comprehensive booklet, which gives an overview of who we are and what we do...

or you can simply explore our website!

Quick links to more information about us:

When and why was Borderline Arts formed?

What do we do - an overview

So what do we do?

Exhibitions of Artwork created by individuals with BPD. Their art expresses their experience of living the condition.

Theatre/Film Projects that help raise understanding of BPD. These projects are not solely for people with BPD. We join with local arts professionals and artists/actors.

Creative Educational Workshops aimed at health care professionals/students, and carers/family/friends of people with BPD. The sessions help participants to express their personal thoughts and feelings about BPD, learn more about the condition and ways to sensitively relate to someone with BPD.

Art Group and Writing Group for Adults with BPD run on a monthly basis - a relaxed, creative space focusing on the positive aspects of who we are.

General Awareness Raising. We have information stands at community events and hold events/fundraisers to raise awareness. We also release articles and share relevant information on our website and social media.

What are we trying to achieve?

Raise awareness of BPD to the general public to help reduce stigma and improve attitudes to those with the illness

- Encourage social inclusion and provide a creative outlet for sufferers

- Empower those with BPD to feel able to live with and speak about the illness without shame

- Enable adults with BPD to creatively explore the positive aspects of themselves and to see their illness not as who

  they are, but rather as a list of their (albeit sometimes intolerable) struggles

Educate carers and professionals to help improve the quality of care and relationships for those with BPD

- Strengthen and enrich the local community through the arts


We are not a support service for those with BPD but an awareness-raising charity. However, we empower individuals with the condition to express their experiences creatively. This expression not only helps to raise awareness but gives sufferers a voice and the realisation that having BPD is not something to be ashamed of at all. Thereby increasing their self-esteem and confidence to feel validated and accepted in who they are.

Borderline Arts also aims to improve the quantity and quality of care provided for those with BPD by educating carers and professionals about the condition and how to help those with it.​


Within our activities, some included are sufferers of BPD, and some are not, meaning that the level of social inclusion will increase not only with fellow sufferers, but also within the local community, which in turn is strengthened as people are brought together and work together.


Click here to browse our short but comprehensive booklet about who we are and what we do.

Click here to read our latest Trustees Annual Report and Accounts (April 2022 - March 2023).

119 Osmaston Road




Number of volunteers: 

6-10 volunteers


Approximate annual turnover: 

Under £10,000

Registered Charity Number:




March 2013


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