Recovery and borderline personality disorder: A description of the innovative open borders program

Sheila Mortimer-Jones, Paul Morrison, Ahmed Munib, Francesco Paolucci, Sonia Neale, Amanda Bostwick, Catherine Hungerford

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Abstract

Although Recovery-oriented approaches to delivering mental health services are now promoted in health services across the globe, there is an ongoing need to adapt these approaches to meet the unique needs of consumers with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. The lived experience of borderline personality disorder includes emotional dysregulation, intense and unstable relationships, self-harming behaviours, fear of abandonment, and a limited capacity to cope with stress. These experiences present a range of challenges for those who deliver Recovery-oriented services and advocate the principles of empowerment and self-determination. This paper describes a novel crisis intervention program, 'Open Borders,' which has been established to meet the unique needs of people with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis. Open Borders is a Recovery-oriented model that is run at a public, state-wide residential facility for mental health consumers in Western Australia, and offers alternative pathways to achieving mental health Recovery, including self-referral and short-term admission to a residential facility. The aims of the program are to break the cycle of hospital admission, reduce rates of self-harm, and support the complex Recovery journey of consumers with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Open Borders provides an exemplar for other health service organisations seeking to establish Recovery-oriented crisis intervention alternatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-630
Number of pages7
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume37
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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