BPD resources for family members
Click on the blue links below to access videos and other resources.
Videos and Articles
Watch Carl’s story: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Videos on YouTube:
Hélène Busque. ISSPD XIV, Family day, October 2015
McLean Hospital–many very useful archived webinars
Validation: Making Sense of the Emotional Turmoil in Borderline Personality Disorder with Dr. Galen, psychologist
Articles and informative audio recordings on YouTube:
Borderline Personality Disorder Family Guidelines
by John G. Gunderson, M.D. and Cynthia Berkowitz, M.D
Articles from our newsletter, Share & Care
Books and Publications for Family Caregivers
Borderline Personality Disorder: An Information Guide for Families
This free CAMH publication is a well done, brief book that talks about BPD in plain language. Click HERE to download.
I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better, by Gary and Joy Lundberg
An excellent preparation for parents who have a hard time understanding and using validation.
Loving someone with a borderline personality disorder: How to keep out-of-control emotions from destroying your relationship, by Shari Manning
Overcoming BPD: a family guide for healing and change, by Valerie Porr
Big book to read, but lots of very useful information. Written by the founder of TARA organization for BPD. Valerie Porr has a daughter with BPD too. Based on research, DBT informed and based on personal lived experience as well.
Parenting a teen who has intense emotions: DBT Skills to help your teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges, by Pat Harvey and Britt Rathbone
Written for parents of teens, but this book is good for any caregiver of a person with BPD; book is short, to the point and a very good intro to DBT skills for families.
Talking to a Loved One With Borderline Personality Disorder by Jerold J. Kreisman
When Your Daughter Has BPD by Daniel S. Lobel
These books and others about BPD are available at our office. You can borrow them from our library if you are an AMI-Quebec member.
Resources in case of emergency
Crisis centers (centre de crise au Québec) – 24h/7 jours:
Centre de Crise
A list of crisis centres
Suicide Action Montreal or call 1-866-277-3553 or 514-723-4000
Suicide prevention hotline (can guide you to closest crisis center) – 24h/7 days
Centre de prevention du suicide (peut vous guider vers le centre de crise de votre secteur) – 24h/7 jours