Okay, so I thought what might be useful is to get a list of some groups on Facebook that you can join, this is helpful to myself because as someone diagnosed with BPD – I find it comforting to fit in with a community where I can recognise that I am not alone.

Please note however, that although these groups are great for seeking advice, you should always seek professional advice where necessary. The people who run these groups are usually not mental health professionals, and many of them are people diagnosed with BPD themselves – so please take that in consideration and check any group rules before joining or posting. Some (if not all) of these groups are restricted and you will need to gain permission from an admin to join.

I must also note that although I am myself members of most (if not all) of these groups listed, I am not affiliated with any of them in any way. If you know of any other groups or pages, feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll happily share them. 🙂

Also, there are the following Facebook pages which you can “Like” or “Follow”:

Hopefully, I will keep this list updated as I go along.

I found this poem when searching around on the internet, a great resource for BPD is https://mybpdstory.wordpress.com/ – I’m not sure who the poem was wrote by put it was taken from the “poems” page of that website. It’s something I found very true, close to myself and inspiring and I thought I would share it here:

“I am on the borderline, it’s a lonely place to be,
So much pain and confusion – I wish it wasn’t happening to me.
People say they don’t get me – why are they so cruel?
The pills and razors help me, but you don’t understand at all.

The doctors tell me my problem, i’m diagnosed with BPD,
I need to be treated with caution, but you can’t label me
I’m dosed up to the eyeballs, sedatives by the plenty
I exist but I’m not living – that’s what the pills do to me.

I find it difficult to communicate, to put my point across
It’s hard to understand situations, sometimes I feel at a loss.
I struggle to see a future, although there should be one that’s bright
I need someone to support me and to guide me towards the light.

Sometimes I can be impulsive, make bad decisions on the spot
Spending, speeding or drinking, BPD causes an awful lot.
I’ve lost friends and loved ones a’plenty because of my personality flaw
But now I understand the causes – I won’t let it happen any more.

I’ve spent many nights after admission sat in the CDU,
Wondering how it came to this and what i’m doing to you,
I know how much it hurts you when you sit and watch my cry
Yes I am a borderline, but I don’t really want to die.”

Something I’ve wanted to do for a while is to create some kind of blog or resource around Borderline Personality Disorder. I have been diagnosed with BPD for around 2 years now and something I have noticed is that there is a lack of awareness around it, and also mental health in general – and there’s a lot of stigma attached to conditions.

I bought a domain in December last year, mybpdblog.co.uk – with the intention of starting it up as it’s own website – since I have made the decision to redirect that to a category on this site where I will be putting in posts about the condition, the treatment and also general resources to access information about BPD for people who have the condition, or people who are close to others that do have.

This is something that is also hugely helpful to me, and I feel will aid in my own ongoing recovery.

Here is the original post from myBPDblog.co.uk:

Hello world.

So, creating this blog is a big step for me in my recovery. I feel that if that in some way I could help someone else, or even help myself in the future, then I will achieve something.

Even just spreading awareness of what this condition is, considering that 1 in 5 people in the world could be diagnosed with traits of this condition, is a big thing for me.

I myself, have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder for over 2 years now. I have also, along the way, met a few others with this condition – who have very different symptoms. That’s the thing with BPD, it’s a varied and wonderful thing. It can present itself in different ways with different people, meaning that 2 people with this condition may not have the same symptoms.

With this website, I will share my own experiences, ensuring that anyone mentioned stays anonymous – and i also would like to create a hub of resources, as there are a lot of places on the internet with useful information regarding BPD, a lot of support groups – both for BPD and mental health in general, and a few numbers you can call if you’re in crisis.

Until next time,

Peace & Love to you all

x

Thank you for your time,

Niall

So a few weeks ago, a friend and work colleague of mine, Sam Bateman, shared a post to his Facebook to say that he had recently been campaigning for awareness of ADHD & Asperger’s syndrome. Amazingly, he has gone to the effort of getting interest from a local Stoke-On-Trent charity Fixers who are going to help him improve the services around mental health and learning difficulties in the Stoke-On-Trent area. A cause which I feel very strongly about, being involved with mental health services throughout my life.

He has done something very brave in setting up a website to share his progress towards the cause and to help spread awareness of mental health and learning difficulties. This is something I feel we will never get enough of, I am a strong believer that the better our awareness of one another, the better a society we can be. You can see details of his campaign here – and regular updates posted to his blog.

I would like to share this because of my support towards this cause, and I wish all the best to him and Fixers, and the campaign. Because of my belief in the campaign and it’s cause, I have now provided private hosting for Sam on my gallardo web server and will do for the foreseeable future free of charge. He has generously made a page about this here.

Go and check out his website @ www.bateman.ml

Peace & love to you all,

Niall
🙂