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BPD Awareness Month 2017

Today is the first day of BPD Awareness Month! As well as posting articles throughout the month and we are running a couple of events to mark the occasion:

Crafternoon Tea

Drop in to our Crafternoon Tea on Saturday 13th May (any time between 1-4pm). It's free entry and there will be cake, tea, a craft stall, info about BPD, a relaxed environment to chat and really simple creative activities that focus on making yourself and someone you love feel just that bit better about yourselves :)

It's a family friendly event and all ages are welcome to come along! We would love to see you there!

Creative Educational Workshop (FREE!)

Do you want to come to a free workshop to learn about Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Arts offers a Certificate in Professional Development for those who want to gain an understanding of BPD. These workshops are run by our trained team and are aimed at those who work with those who have BPD. We are the only Charity in the UK who offer BPD specific training.

Our Creative Educational Workshops raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The workshops are interactive and engaging. We try to include a facilitator who has a diagnosis of BPD for genuine feedback and Service User expertise. Each participant will be given an information handbook and a certificate to take home.

Our workshops enable participants to:

* Express their personal thoughts and feelings about BPD.

* Learn more about the condition.

* Learn ways to sensitively relate to someone with BPD.

The workshop is split into 2 sections:

The first half explores feelings related to the 9 criteria used to diagnose BPD and how these symptoms may vary dramatically from person to person - this is done using word games and creative activities. Then there is a discussion about each criteria and symptoms in more detail, including lots of first hand experiences. People who've attended previous workshops have said that this has helped to increase their understanding the complexity of how the condition affects those with BPD.

In the second half we use role play to consider how the criteria and symptoms affect the sufferers' feelings, thoughts and behaviour in specific situations (for example at a GP appointment, in therapy, shopping etc). We explore ways of responding to the individual with BPD, discussing things that are and are not helpful.

People who've attended previous workshops have said that this has increased their confidence in supporting those with BPD, practically and emotionally.

Please note that no one will be pressured into participating in the role play if they are not comfortable in doing so.

Sound good? How do you book...?

Simply complete this short online form to book on, but be quick, as places are limited and filling up very fast!

It's first come, first served, so once you've filled out the form, we'll let you know if you've been successful in securing a place on the course.

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