CALIA exists to support anyone in the UK living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) which is a serious personality disorder also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).
We felt that, while the mental health charities in the UK do fantastic work that includes some personality disorders in their work, there was very little specific support for those living with borderline personality disorder.
Living with a personality disorder is very serious, and often challenging, and poses a definite threat to our wellbeing and safety, relationships, employment and there is no specific support for that.
Suicide is a particular risk in BPD, with up to one in 10 people with BPD committing suicide. (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)
Launched in 2020 as a non-profit, our aim is to provide information and support to anyone living with BPD/EUPD and their families. We hope to do this by:
- Providing information from a wide range of sources on BPD/EUPD, wellbeing, treatments and latest news;
- Create an online support service;
- Create a network of regional online support groups;
- Providing information related to employment;
- Working with businesses in the UK to develop awareness of the challenges their employees, potential employees and volunteers may face while living and working with BPD;
- Provide signposting to other services which may be of use.
Our goal is to provide a solid support service for anyone affected by BPD in the UK.
It is our hope that we will go on to become a national charity, providing further services including helplines and advocacy to those that need it most.
CALIA is run entirely by volunteers, most with lived experience of borderline personality disorder.