Resources for BPD

Resources for BPD

Elle Domingo on Nov 21st 2019

I have compiled a list of resources for those who are new to BPD

https://www.bpdfamily.com

BPDFamily.com is the leading online support group for the family members of individuals suffering from Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other personality and impulse disorders. It is a safe place for intelligent discussion and freedom from the egos and tempers that plague many large blogs and message boards. The members here are genuine and caring.

The group was established in 2005 and is one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical establishment and receive professional referrals. The group has 280 professional members and has collaborated with a number of University research projects.

The National Health Service (England) currently refers their clientele and readers to BPDFamily.com as does the NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, NEA-BPD: National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, PDAN: Personality Disorders Awareness Network, and Kaiser Permanente Health Information Resources.

https://www.nami.org

NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.

NAMI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization governed by a board of directors elected by the membership. Learn more about our structure, vision and performance at the following pages:

Board of Directors

NAMI’s board is governed by national bylaws and operating policies and procedures. In addition, NAMI’s 2015-2019 strategic plan helps to shape goals, priorities and activities.

Meet the current board of directors.

Voting and Elections

Five NAMI members nominated by NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations are elected to the board each year. NAMI members may submit bylaws, amendments and resolutions to be considered during annual elections that take place at the NAMI National Convention. Learn more or get involved in the elections process.

Councils

NAMI’s work is informed by people living with a mental health condition or their loved ones. Four councils advise the board:

Peer Leadership Council: Individuals who live with mental illness and who are elected by NAMI State Organizations. Every state has one representative and one alternate.

Executive Directors Council: Current executive directors of all NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.

NAMI Service Members, Veterans and Their Families Council: NAMI members who are active-duty military or veterans with lived experience or their family members.

State Presidents Council: Current presidents of NAMI State Organizations.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Apps

Belly Bio - Free app that teaches a deep breathing technique useful in fighting anxiety and stress. A simple interface uses biofeedback to monitor your breathing. Sounds cascade with the movements of your belly, in rhythms reminiscent of waves on a beach. Charts also let you know how you're doing. A great tool when you need to slow down and breathe.

Magic Window-Living Pictures - Not technically a mental health app, it makes no miraculous claims about curbing anxiety. However, there is independent research indicating that taking breaks and getting exposure to nature, even in videos, can reduce stress. This app offers an assortment of peaceful, ambient nature scenes from beautiful spots around the world.

Relax Melodies - A popular free relaxation sound and music app. Mix and match nature sound with new age music; it's lovely to listen to birds in the rain while a piano softly plays.

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson - Getting enough sleep is one of the foundations of mental health. A personal favorite I listen to all the time, this straightforward app features a warm, gentle voice guiding listeners through a Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) session and into sleep. Features long or short induction options, and an alarm.

DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach - A popular subscription app based on Dialectical Therapy (DBT) developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan, this app is a rich resources of self-help skills, reminders of the therapy principles, and coaching tools for coping. Created by a therapist with years of experience in the practice, this app is not intended to replace a professional but helps people reinforce their treatment.

Operation Reach Out - Literally a lifesaving app, this free intervention tool helps people who are having suicidal thoughts to reassess their thinking and get help. Recommended by followers of @unsuicide, who report that this app has helped in suicidal crises. Developed by the military, but useful to all. Worth a download even if you're not suicidal. You never know if you might need it.