More NHS funding and treatment options for Borderline Personality Disorder patients

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Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious, debilitating condition that is misunderstood, stigmatised and often misdiagnosed. A lack of funding has led to a vast difference in available treatment - in some areas of the UK patients receive ongoing psychiatric care lasting anywhere between 1 and 3 years, and in others they are offered just 12 weeks of psychotherapy. 

From the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence:

"Borderline personality disorder is characterised by significant instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and mood, and impulsive behaviour. There is a pattern of sometimes rapid fluctuation from periods of confidence to despair, with fear of abandonment and rejection, and a strong tendency towards suicidal thinking and self-harm. Transient psychotic symptoms, including brief delusions and hallucinations, may also be present. It is also associated with substantial impairment of social, psychological and occupational functioning and quality of life. People with borderline personality disorder are particularly at risk of suicide."

Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious, debilitating medical condition with serious life-affecting symptoms. Suicide is a particular risk, with up to one in 10 people with BPD committing suicide. Patients need ongoing support to help them manage their symptoms, and assess medication and therapy needs on an ongoing basis. A lack of funding and an understanding of the condition has led to people falling through the cracks, people who are living with a condition where suicide is a serious risk.

It is essential that more funding is allocated to services across the UK treating people living with Borderline Personality Disorder, and that care is standardised so that patients can receive adequate care regardless of where they live. 

If we receive 100,000 signatures, we can present this to be discussed in parliament, and begin the process of improving care for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder in the UK. Please sign and share the petition with your family, friends and colleagues.  

This petition was launched by CALIA (www.calia.org.uk) a non-profit organisation providing information and access to support for anyone in the UK living with Borderline Personality Disorder. With this petition, we are aiming to increase the NHS funding available for treatment, and campaign for standardised care across the UK.