FAQ

I haven’t been diagnosed with BPD. Can I still attend?

Yes! No formal diagnosis is required. If you are experiencing symptoms of BPD or are looking for more information, you are welcome. We also encourage loved ones of people with BPD to attend.

My child/partner/friend/etc is struggling with BPD. Can I attend group?

Yes! We love having loved ones participate in group, or just listen to others’ experiences. We are happy to provide you with resources for how to best support your loved one.

Do I need to register or attend every week?

No. This is a drop-in group, which means you are welcome to show up for however many meetings you would like, and there is no need to register.

Is this a skills group?

We don’t teach skills and we aren’t trained counsellors or psychologists. We offer support through shared experience, however, all facilitators have been through DBT and from time to time we may refer to specific skills. We have handouts and books on DBT for reference.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is a serious mental illness resulting in difficulty with emotion regulation, intense moods, maladaptive behaviours, and interpersonal difficulty. Individuals with BPD are stigmatized as difficult to treat, but evidence has demonstrated DBT to be a very effective treatment.

Where can I get professional help?

DBT is offered through Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outpatient Services at 604.675.3710. For crisis support, contact 604.872.3311. For other mental health services in the Lower Mainland, check out our Resources page.

Who are the facilitators?

Facilitators are peers (just like you!) with experience of BPD and other mental health challenges. We come from varied backgrounds in professional, health, and academic fields.

What happens at group?

Group begins with check-in where participants share about themselves and their week, followed by an open discussion about topics brought up during check-in. During the last 15 minutes, we socialize with tea and snacks.

For more information about the BPD Society of BC, click here.

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