Support Promote Advocate

for Borderline Personality Disorder

WA DIrectory

2021 - Statewide Model of Care for Personality Disorders

The development of the Statewide Model of Care for Personality Disorders was funded by the WA Mental Health Commission (MHC) and undertaken by the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), in partnership with the Mental Health Network and the Personality Disorders Sub Network
Full report    |    Summary

There are a number of services that offer specialised programs/resources for people impacted by BPD in WA.

These are listed below.

A more general listing of mental health service in WA can be found here

Lifeline WA - DB Teen

A DBT informed skills program for people aged 14-18 in the north and south metro areas of Western Australia.  Click the links for the website and the flyer

WA Statewide Suicide Prevention Network (WASSPN)

The WASSPN hosts a bi-annual forum and a dedicated webpage for communication, collaboration, and the sharing of resources and research throughout the year.

Metropolitan Area Personality Disorder Treatment Programmes:

DBT Programmes and DBT Skills groups provide a comprehensive DBT Program to adult women with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. This comprises 12 months of group skills training, individual therapy and telephone coaching in skills use. There is approximately a 12-24 month waiting list.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Programs and DBT Skills Groups

The DBT Programs provide services for adults (18+), with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder who live in the north and some south catchment areas of Perth’s metropolitan areas. Contact details:
North Metropolitan Area Health Service
Osborne Park Clinic  6457 8350
Fremantle Mental Health Service  9431 3400
    *DBT Programs and DBT Skills Groups
    *The DBT Programs serve adults (18 years +) with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT programs teach skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.
Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service
 9528 0600
Peel Mental Health Service 9531 8080
Armadale Mental Health Service 9398 6600
Joondalup / Clarkson Community Mental Health Day Therapy
emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness groups

Department of Health, Government of Western Australia – Youth Axis

An early intervention service for young people aged between 16-24 years with an Emerging Personality Disorder and or ultra high risk of psychosis. Youth Axis provides assessment and interventions for young people who have significant symptoms of a disorder but do not currently meet diagnostic criteria for Personality Disorders and/or psychotic disorders. The service is provided over a six month period by a multidisciplinary team. Youth Axis is not an emergency/acute service. A referral is needed. Referral Tel: 1300 362 569 or please email and include your contact details, email address, phone and fax number and the best time to contact you.

Private DBT programmes:

If you have private insurance, Perth Clinic and Hollywood Hospital have DBT programmes. Have a look at their websites, however please phone them for information as the DBT programme details do not appear to be on the website.
Perth Clinic
Hollywood Hospital

Open Borders – Hampton Road Service

Open Borders is a nursing-led program for people with Borderline Personality Disorder.
The Hampton Road Service (HRS) is a 10 bed state wide residential sub-acute mental health service located in Fremantle, Western Australia. The service provides step down from acute mental health facilities, admission diversion and respite services. Referrals are accepted from across the state. Average length of stay ranges from one to three weeks, to a maximum of six. The facility is staffed by registered, enrolled nurses and therapy assistants.

Clients must be aged 18-64 years and have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and a recent history of highly unstable behaviour evidenced by either multiple hospital admissions in the past year, or long periods of time in hospital over the past year. Clients must also have an allocated case manager in adult public mental health services.

For further information or referral queries, please call 9433 2509.

Alive 360 Health and Community

What is it?
ALIVE aims to decrease the incidence of suicide and self-harm behaviour in the community by providing a safe, non-judgemental support service if you are at risk. The program provides up to three months of mind care support as needed, with the aim to further link you onto ongoing counselling services and programs.
Who runs the program?
ALIVE is delivered by registered mind care clinicians with training in suicide prevention.
How often does it run?
The program is ongoing, with regular sessions for up to three months. Individuals accepted into ALIVE will be offered an appointment within 72 hours of contact.
Where is it available?
ALIVE is delivered across the north and east metropolitan areas including Guildford, Midland, North Perth and Warwick.
Call us on 1800 719 619 for ALIVE and mind care services in your area.
Accessing the program
The service is for those who are at increased risk of suicide or self-harm behaviour but not requiring referral to an emergency service and not engaged in long term case management. Referrals are accepted from self, family, GP, hospital or other health professional, and is for people aged between 18 and 65.
Costs
There is no cost to access ALIVE.
Referral forms are available on the website.

WA Mental Health Commission inc Mental Health Network

Personality Disorders Mental Health Sub Network Establishment Report

WA Mental Health Support Lines

In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department

Mental Health Emergency Response Line: 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel)

Rurallink: 1800 552 002

Lifeline WA: 13 11 14

The Samaritans Crisis Line08 9381 5555 (main line) 08 9388 2500 (Youth Line) or 1800 198 313 (Country Toll Free)

Child and Adolescent Health Service urgent mental health support line: 1800 048 636

Alcohol and Drug Support Line: 08 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country Toll Free)

Parent and Family Drug Support Line: 08 9442 5050 or 1800 653 203 (Country Toll Free)

National Helplines

Consumer support:

Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc.) (CoMHWA) is the peak body in WA for people with lived experience of mental health issues. CoMHWA coordinates, promotes and supports the consumer voice within mental health services and the wider community.

Mental Health Advocacy Service - a free independent service helping people with a mental illness know and protect their rights. Phone: 1800 999 057 or 08 6234 6300

Carer Support:

BPD Support Group for Families, Carers and Friends (MiFWA)

This peer facilitated group offers support to those in a caring or support role of a family member or friend who experiences BPD or similar traits. Contact MiFWA (08) 9237 8900
Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month 5:30-7:00pm.

NEA BPD Australia Family Connections Program

The 12 week Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children, and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own well being in living with a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD.

To register your interest contact NEA BPD Australia via email

HelpingMinds (formerly ARAFMI WA)

Their mission is to support family recovery and make a positive difference in the community and mental health sector through advocacy, education and delivery of quality support services.

Helpline: Freecall 1800 811 747

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA)

Family members can feel concern, guilt and fear. We can talk with you about your situation, offer information and support. MIFWA aim to provide mutual peer support, promote resilience and coping skills, and increase understanding. Midland.
Contact MIFWA on info@mifwa.org.au or (08) 9237 8900

BPD Support Group for Families, Carers and Friends (MIFWA)
This peer facilitated group offers support to those in a caring or support role of a family member or friend who experiences BPD or similar traits. Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month 5:30-7:00pm - West Leederville
Contact MIFWA on info@mifwa.org.au or (08) 9237 8900 

Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is the peak mental health representative body in Western Australia for non-government not-for-profit agencies that operate for the benefit of people affected by mental illness. WAAMH supports and encourages the development of the non-government not-for-profit mental health sector for the benefit of people affected by mental illness.

Mental Health Matters 2
......a volunteer action and advocacy group based in Perth, Western Australia

Mental Health Law Centre (WA)

Mental Health Law Centre is a not-for-profit specialist legal service that assists clients whose mental illnesses are causally connected to their legal issues, particularly those relating to the Western Australian state mental health system; crime; human rights (guardianship and administration); and criminal injuries compensation.