Borderline Arts

Borderline Arts

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  • Arts
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Mental health

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Borderline Arts uses the arts to raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) - a severe and enduring mental health condition. Through increasing understanding of the condition, we of course educate people, but aso break down the stigma surrounding it.

1% of the population have a diagnosis of BPD and 1 in 10 individuals with BPD die from suicide. Despite this, very few people know what BPD is or how to effectively support those with the condition. There is no charity in England that specifically raises awareness and reduces the stigma surrounding BPD. So we founded Borderline to change this!


Through our work, we aim to:

- Raise Awareness of BPD to the general public to help reduce stigma to improve attitudes to individuals with the condition

- Encourage social inclusion for sufferers

- Educate carers & professionals, thereby improving the quality of care and relationships for those with BPD

- Strengthen and enrich the local community through the arts


We are an awareness raising charity, rather than a 1:1 support service for those with BPD. We do not offer 1:1 support for people with BPD as such, nor offer therapy, but rather empower individuals with the condition to express their experience of the condition in creative ways - this not only helps to raise awareness, but also gives them a voice and a realisation that having the illness is not something to be ashamed of at all. This in itself increases their self-esteem and confidence and to feel validated and accepted in who they are.

Borderline Arts also aims to improve the quantity and quality of care provided for those with BPD by educating carers and professionals about the condition and how to help those with it.

In some of our activities, some of the people included are sufferers of BPD and some are not. This means that the level of social inclusion for them will increase not only with other sufferers, but also with the local community. The local community is then strengthened as people are brought together and work together.



Some of our activities include:

- Exhibitions of Artwork created by individuals with BPD. Their art expresses their experience of living with the condition

- Theatre/Film Projects which help raise understanding of BPD. These projects are not solely for people with BPD. We join with local arts professionals and artists/actors.

- Creative Educational Workshops (CPD certificate) which help participants to express their personal thoughts and feelings about BPD, learn more about the condition and learn ways to sensitively relate to someone with BPD.

- Art Therapy for Carers/Loved Ones. From October, we will be holding a monthly art therapy group for those effected indirectly by the condition - e.g. partners, family, friends etc.

- General Awareness Raising. We have information stands at community events and hold events/fundraisers which are all to raise awareness. We also release articles and share relevent information on our website and social media.

Current opportunities

Derbyshire, DE1 2GD

You will be responsible for leading all fundraising activity to help maximise income from supporters for Borderline Arts.

Derbyshire, DE1 2GD

The Event Coordinator will organise and promote creative groups for people with BPD; coordinate educational workshops with health and social care...