I IS FOR INSULT: Questioning “Borderline Personality Disorder”

Posted on 14 July 2021

Thursday 9 September 2021 10am – 3.30pm

This online workshop will be facilitated by two people with lived / living experience of these issues, and aims to strike a balance between questioning the construct and discussing practical approaches to some of the difficulties clinicians and policymakers associate with it. This is to minimise the risk that in the context of ever-decreasing budgets, changes in theoretical approach could inadvertently restrict access to support.

What we will cover

  • Feminist and queer issues around “Borderline Personality Disorder”
  • Trauma, “BPD”, and ICD-11
  • Autism, masking, and “BPD symptoms”; everyday trauma and a sense of self
  • The multiple meanings and functions of self-harm; practical and creative approaches to self-harm support; harm minimisation and managing clinical fear of risk
  • Minimising iatrogenic harm: working within the system and allyship to lived experience workers around this diagnosis

Who is this training for?

This training is intended for anyone with a personal and/or professional interest in “Borderline Personality Disorder” and related issues such as self-harm, suicidality, and trauma. It is not a therapeutic workshop but survivors / service users and clinicians, support workers, etc., are welcome. Attendees should expect some of the subject material to be difficult and possibly triggering, but will be welcome to take a break at any point during the day.

About the trainers

Rachel Rowan Olive is an illustrator, writer, and mental health researcher. She has recently completed an MA in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London, where she researched the experiences of multilingual voice-hearers. Her mental health work is informed by academic study, individual personal experience, and collective service user/survivor knowledge. She is a trustee of the National Survivor User Network. You can find her on twitter as @rrowanolive, her writing at www.rachelrowanolive.com, and her art at www.etsy.com/shop/rachelrowanolive.

Irum Rela has worked in a range of lived experience and peer support roles within the third sector and NHS mental health services, from working as a Youth Advisor with YoungMinds to providing 1:1 peer support to adults following a mental health crisis. This has provided her with unique insight into how the “Borderline Personality Disorder” diagnosis functions – or doesn’t – in different settings. She currently facilitates service user involvement at East London Foundation Trust, where she will soon start a new role leading one borough’s peer support team. You can find her on twitter as @irumidk


FREE – No charge if you do *not* have an organisation willing to pay for your place, and are someone who experiences voices, visions or alternative realities.

£50 – Reduced Price – If you are on a low income, or from a racialised/BAME background, or from the LGBTQIA+ community. In cases of real hardship we may be able to offer payment by instalments and/or a further reduction in price. If you need help in this way, please email LHVN@mindincamden.org.uk We stand alongside those whom society disadvantages.

£75 – Standard Price – For self-funding individuals where you are comfortably able to meet your basic needs.

£100 – For people whose place can be paid for by a Voluntary Sector organisation.

£125 – For people whose place can be paid for by a Private Healthcare or NHS organisation.

*The full fee will be chargeable if you cancel less than 7 days before the event.

To book please visit this page.

If your organisation needs an invoice, or for any other help with booking, please contact John Wetherell. Email: LHVN@mindincamden.org.uk

Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd, London, NW1 9LQ

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