Posted by: BPD Society of BC | April 22, 2010

Creativity and Passion

I am looking for creative ideas from you. What do you want to hear about on this blog? How can we build our community? Perhaps you want to debate an issue or hear new ideas about recovery. Perhaps you want to share stories of using Dialectical Behavioral Techniques (DBT). This is your blog too. What do you want to use it for?

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  1. Hi!
    I was at the support group last night (May 11th) and I was amazed at the turn-out. It was great to see such a wide variety of people!
    I got the feeling that the group was mainly focused on BPD. I think it’s _very_ important that people with BPD find support between one another. But I couldnt help feeling a bit out of the loop, since I’m not diagnosed with BPD, (my main issues lie with anxiety and depression, although I do fit some of the criteria for BPD). I got the impression that there were other people attending, who may be in a situation similar to mine, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I (or we) could feel more like a part of the group and get more involved?
    It was my first time attending, and I think I was expecting to have a little more “social time”. It seemed to me like all of the time was spent solely in “group discussion”. Having said that, I can see that the room size would probably effect our ability to have “social time”, the way I imagined it, since we pretty much fill the room, as it is.
    I may have taken the wrong meaning of “social time”, and I might be alone in my thoughts/feelings about these issues. But I just wanted to give my input, and had to be a part of the blog 😉
    The support people brought to the table for one another last night was like nothing I’ve seen. In my opinion, Elizabeth, Bailey, and everyone else involved in making this group possible, are doing something that’s making a big difference for individuals (like myself), something that is changing people’s lives for the better.

  2. Hi Contributor,

    These are very valuable points. I totally agree with you that we need to figure out a way of including everyone, especially those who don’t identify with the BPD diagnosis. I think these are the growing pains of starting a new group. This might be something for us to discuss at the next meeting or explore further on the blog. I encourage others to contribute to the conversation. How can we make the group feel inclusive for everyone?

    I also think we are going through a growing pain with the room and possibly the day of week on which we hold the group as it clashes with other support groups in the community. I will be looking into this further with Baylie”s help. Once this is done, integrating social time should come much more naturally as we have more space to move around.

    Overall, however I agree with you that the turnouts was impressive, people are feeling positive about the group and that it is making a difference.

    Regards,

    Elizabeth

  3. Thanks for the reply! Sounds good! I’m excited 😉 See ya monday


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