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Board's Personality Disorder service recognised by Mental Welfare Commission

Thursday, August 30, 2018

We have been recognised by the Mental Welfare Commission as being one of only two Scottish health boards offering specialist services for people with a personality disorder.

The Mental Welfare Commission has published its report looking specifically at the care, treatment and support of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

BPD is a type of personality disorder with a long-term pattern of unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self and unstable emotions.

Dr Michael Smith, Lead Associate Medical Director for Mental Health, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “This report outlines what can be achieved when people with BPD have access to effective therapy, support and understanding.

“Across Greater Glasgow and Clyde our Mental Health teams provide a range of services for people with BPD mainly through our Community Mental Health Teams.

“These services involve support from psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and occupational therapists based on the needs of the patient. We also have a specialist team providing care for people who are homeless and are experiencing BPD.

“We are always looking at how we can develop our services and hope to reduce the number of people needing hospital care for borderline personality issues by building on the community services we already have in place.

“We are developing new models of community-based care and treatment based on specialist forms of psychological therapy, usually involving a programme of individual and group therapy.”

Glasgow City HSCP manages Mental Health Services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Around one in a hundred people have BPD. It is one of the most common types of personality disorder. 

It is estimated that 75% of people with BPD engage in deliberate self-harm, and the lifetime suicide risk in BPD is estimated at between 8% and 10%.

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