Many people live with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it is still widely misunderstood and numerous healthcare professionals believe there are damaging myths and stigmas associated with it.
The National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder will be working with headspace Murray Bridge to deliver the free 12-week Family Connections program to help families cope with the chaos that comes with the disorder.
Having received specialist training from Harvard University’s Professor Alan Fruzzetti, Family Connections Leader Tammi Schubert is volunteering her time to co-lead the program with headspace’s Elaine Presland from 6.30pm August 10.
Ms Schubert said carers or loved ones living with anyone who suffers from emotional dysregulation are welcome to attend.
"This is open to these people because a lot of families break-up as the result of BPD. Parents get divorced or kids get kicked out because their carers just can't handle the behaviours. When that happens, they can end up a lot worse off," she said.
"This program's fantastic because it gives carers the tools to deal with severe emotions. It could be people who struggle with anger and violence; sometimes its alcohol or drug problems."
Ms Schubert has personally experienced the difficulties of treating BPD in rural areas and said the course had previously only been offered in Adelaide.
“My son has BPD and it is so physically taxing, time-consuming and costly to get treatments. I was living in Lameroo and doing 1400 kilometres a week to learn about all of this,” she said.
“I was lucky that I was in a position to be able to do it, most people living with this simply couldn’t do that.”
Ms Schubert said after attending this very course in Adelaide, she knew it was desperately needed outside of metropolitan areas.
“I couldn’t believe how helpful it was and I knew we needed to get it out to the regions.”
To register for the program, head to www.bpdaustralia.com/family-connections-1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.