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BPD Space (BPD Support Group)

Support group for people professionally diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Only For Folks With A Borderline Personality
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  • Fees Type: Free
  • Medium:
    β€’ 🌐 Online
  • City: Online Only
  • Facilitated By: Peers
  • Languages: English
  • Meets: Monthly
  • Participant Limit: 8
  • What Is BPD Space (BPD Support Group) About?
    A non-judgmental and non-clinical space for people with Borderline Personality Disorder to find a sense of community and understanding, BPD Space is one facet of the Tapestry Project’s mission of Mutual Healing. By building up communal support and validation, we aim to break the stigma surrounding BPD, and provide a safe space for individuals with BPD to express themselves.
  • What is your founding story?
    Having been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, I have experienced how lonely it is live with. I sought to create a BPD support group because I realized how many people there are out there whom, like I was, are desperate to be seen, heard, and understood. I have experienced the power of community in the healing of BPD first hand, and found that the infrastructure of communal support was non-existent here in India. Run by peers, the idea of a non-therapeutically facilitated group was born from my experiences of stigmatized thinking and invalidation from many mental health professionals. After all, who knows more about BPD than people who live it everyday? I hope to extend a level of understanding and compassion to potential members that has been sorely lacking from BPD treatment in India.
  • Who are the facilitators behind BPD Space (BPD Support Group)?
    Adithya Krishnamoorthy (he/him): Adithya is a homesteader, pet parent, and mental health advocate. Being diagnosed with BPD himself, he brings his lived experiences to the table as facilitator.

    Notes: The above information may change from time to time, and is shared with you to understand the background of where the support group comes from.
  • When was your support group founded? How has the journey been since then?
    BPD Space had its inaugural session in June, and since then it’s been quite the adventure! We have grown from just a few members to an active community that explores and learns together every session. Group follows the ideals and values of the Tapestry Project closely - inclusivity, accessibility, and awareness.
  • Who is your support group for?
    BPD Space is open only to people professionally diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. We welcome members from the ages of 18-25, and from 25-40. All members of group share a common commitment to self-improvement, community building and open communication.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.

    BPD Space sessions are split into 3 parts: A Mindfulness Exercise, Theme Processing, and and Check-Ins.

    Mindfulness allows us to start every group on solid ground, attempting to bring members to baseline to facilitate introspective conversation.

    Theme Processing is the bulk of group! All the talking goes here. Processing time is an open floor for members to bring their concerns and experiences from their day-to-day lives to group.

    Check-Ins are a large part of BPD Space. We have a minimum of two check-ins, one at the beginning of group and one at the end. As and when group covers a more sensitive topic, we may host another check-in to take the temperature of our members.

  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?

    First and foremost, participants are required to submit a signed certificate from their psychiatrist attesting their diagnosis and their fitness to participate in group. Members must have a psychiatrist’s referral in order to join. In the case of professional help being needed, members are urged to reach back to their psychiatrists for support. In the event that a member is not willing or able to reach out during a period of significant emotional dysregulation, the peer facilitator may reach out to the listed psychiatrist as required.

    We designed our “grounding guide” to act as a first line of defense against crisis. Members who feel overwhelmed are welcome, and encouraged, to access the techniques and exercises outlined in the guide to self-soothe. In the case of emergency, we have the contacts of mental health professionals who are equipped to better ease you through a state of heightened distress.

  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?

    We understand that BPD is a tough subject to discuss. Without talking about self-injurious behavior or suicidality - it is difficult to fully understand the BPD experiences of many. We encourage members to exercise discretion in discuss triggering topics such as self-harm, suicide, sexual assault, disordered eating, or substance abuse. Keep your fellow members in mind. Peer Leaders will check in every time a triggering topic is brought to group, and in the event of even one member being overwhelmed, group will shift to breakout mode. Breakout mode will rely on the skills in the Grounding Guide, as well as open communication about the emotions on the table.

    Understand that this is NOT a clinical space or a crisis response center, we are your peers and are here to celebrate and empower you.

  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?
    1. Consult with your psychiatrist if peer support is the right fit for you
    2. Obtain a signed certificate from your clinician attesting your diagnosis and fitness to participate
    3. Visit the website and go to the BPD Space tab, click register now and fill the Google Form
    4. Look out for a confirmation email with details about group. You’ll be contacted shortly and added to our group chat on WhatsApp, where all communication about meetings will be discussed.
  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    We begin each group with a round of icebreakers, which then leads into check in. During check ins we share how our weeks went, and identify our moods and attitudes. We then share a couple disclaimers about group, and then dive right into the Mindfulness. The mindfulness runs for no more than 10 minutes, and serves to prepare us for the sharing ahead. The floor is then opened for any topics the group may like to introduce. Theme Processing is the crux of group where members address the introduced ideas and share experiences, resources, challenges and triumphs. Group will have several check-ins during its course to address any potential troubles members may face. Group ends with a check out to gauge how group members are feeling post-group, and hear any feedback about session.
  • What are your home rules/values?
    1. Civility: Treat others with respect. This is not a debate, its is a community

    2. Punctuality: Nothing better than starting on time! We have a 10 minute grace period for members to join group - this allows for maximum accessibility

    3. Accessibility: Mental Health for All. If you have any factors preventing your participation in group, let us know - we’re happy to make accommodations. (Ex: You may like to turn off your camera if you can’t hold a device for a long period of time)

    4. Inclusivity: Everyone in group is here for the same reason. Hate speech of any kind is grounds for removal from group

    5. Cameras On: Cameras must stay on during group unless specifically requested ahead of time. This allows for members to get to know each other and participate more actively!

    6. Participation: You get what you give, the more you say in group, the more you engage with fellow members - the more you stand to gain from group!

    7. Boundaries and Intervention: Keep in mind this is not a clinical setting, nor does it aim to be. Group runs at the discretion of its members - share what you want, when you want to share it. Personal comfort is paramount to us, if you feel overwhelmed or hurt - actions will be taken to remedy.

    8. No Hate Policy: Peer Moderators have the final say over who can stay in group. Any actions that violate our NHP will result in removal from group and/or barring from further participation in groups

    9. BPD Space is NOT a substitute for therapeutic intervention nor does it aim to be. Group is not a clinical space.

  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?

    I hope that you leave group with a renewed sense of hope. You are not alone in your journey and BPD Space is here to prove it! When members join our group, they are a part of our community. I hope that you take with you new information about yourselves and plenty of food for thought with every session. The goal of group will always be to have you feeling safe, seen, heard, and understood!

    Additionally, it’s close to my heart that you leave group feeling comfortable enough to share your feedback and concerns with me. Constructive criticism is key to self-improvement!

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