Following House Resolution 1005 passed in the US in 2008, Australian Senate releases a Notice of Motion declaring the first week of October to be BPD Awareness Week

 

30 September 30, 2014

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we will move:
that the Senate:

1. notes that:

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

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

c) a history of trauma, abuse or deprivation is common among those with the disorder; 

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

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

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

2. acknowledges that the Australian BPD Foundation, through ongoing advocacy from Janne McMahon OAM, Dr Martha Kent & Professor Andrew Chanen, has declared the first week of October each year as Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week with the aim of promoting understanding of the disorder in the community and working towards better treatment options and quality of life for those affected by the disorder. 

Penny Wright, Senator for South Australia
Jan McLucas, Senator for Queensland