National Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness day!

Today is national Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness day!

At any one point in time, between 1 and 4 per cent of the general population experiences Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD);

BPD can be characterised by overwhelming emotions, relationship problems, impulsive and risk-taking behaviour and a fragile sense of self; 

A history of trauma, abuse or deprivation is common among those with the disorder; 

Despite its prevalence, enormous public health costs and devastating toll on individuals and families, recovery from BPD is possible; 

BPD is a leading cause of suicide, with an estimated 10 per cent of individuals with this diagnosis taking their own lives; 

An increased understanding of BPD is required among health professionals and the general public by promoting education, research, funding, early detection, and effective treatments;


The Australian DBT Institute is excited to announce that our services will be located at the Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre from  health centre in Highett! DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for BPD in over 15 randomised clinical trials! 
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for BPD in over 15 randomised clinical trials!

The Australian DBT Institute will be running the following programs and services from Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre
– Adult DBT Program
– Youth DBT Program
– Mindfulness Based program for Addiction
– Professional Development for Mental Health Professionals
– 12 month DBT Internship program to develop mental health professionals in the application of DBT

For more information go to the Australian DBT Institute website at

The Australian DBT Institute, established in 2004, provides a range of professional development opportunities for Mental Health Professionals seeking to become proficient in dialectical behaviour therapy-informed approaches. Our team is led by experienced DBT clinicians who have received training, mentoring, and development from Marsha Linehan’s team at Behavioral Tech LLC (2004-8). The Australian DBT Institute has led high-fidelity DBT programs since 2004 through the Essentia Health Clinics in Melbourne, Sydney and Online. Our clinical programs have included comprehensive DBT and modified DBT programs for specific populations including youth, carers, Indigenous Australians, correctional settings and psychiatric emergency settings.