Let’s Donate!

Hey everyone,

As some of you know, I was planning on raising enough money to make On The Borderline an official (501(c)(3)) non-profit organization. However, I’m too busy at this point to make that happen. We have had several donations from people and have made a couple hundred dollars. Since I won’t be using that money for this organization anymore, I thought that I could donate the money to another cause– but I want your input! Here are the options:

  • www.tara4bpd.org : “The Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorder, TARA APD, is a 501 C3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster education and research in the field of personality disorder, specifically but not exclusively Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); to support research into the causes, psychobiology and treatment of personality disorders; to support and I encourage educational programs and endeavors targeting mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services, families and/or the community at large in order to reduce stigma and increase awareness of personality disorder, to disseminate available information on etiology and treatment and to lawfully advocate for accomplishments of these goals.”
  • www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com : “Formed in 2001, the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD), is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteering consumers, family members, and professionals. NEA-BPD seeks to “Advance the BPD Agenda” by raising public awareness of BPD, providing education, and promoting research about borderline personality disorder through a variety of programs. For example, with partial funding from a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NEA-BPD has hosted over 30 conferences worldwide, featuring internationally recognized BPD researchers and scientists. All NEA-BPD conferences encourage attendance by professionals, family members and consumers alike.”
  • www.buddhaandborderline.com : “The Buddha and the Borderline is the first ever  memoir to describe the recovery process utilizing these new, cutting edge treatments and Buddhism.  Kiera Van Gelder’s finely-honed literary talent  offers us a stunning and intimate look into a  life-threatening condition that has been a shameful secret even among those with mental illness.”
The next option is not a BPD organization, but I think it’s a great cause to donate to. I know they’re trying to raise money to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and I’d love to help them out:
  • www.facebook.com/defeatdepression (new website, ddepression.org coming soon!) : “Helping teens and young adults with mental illness since 2007. Defeat Depression was started to help teens and young adults who struggle with depression/mental illness overcome the everyday obstacles.”
Which organization would you like to see the money donated to? Please take our survey here.
“Voting” will be open until Friday, May 13th, 2011.

BPD Videos

I’m looking for videos made by people who are living with Borderline Personality Disorder, or even someone who has a loved one with BPD. I will be uploading these videos to On The Borderline’s youtube channel.

You can either make the video with a webcam or use images and words.

Please upload your video to megaupload.com and then email the uploaded video’s link to contact@ontheborderline.org, and I will add your video to our channel!

Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

What You’re Grateful For

A couple weeks ago, I asked everyone on our Facebook fan page what they’re grateful for– and I got 34 responses! Here’s what everyone said:

  • my family
  • that the infections i currently have aren’t a lot worse (as they very well could’ve been) & that i only have to take a 5-day course of antibiotics, 1 pill a day, and they don’t upset my stomach! \o/ Oh yeah, and also, new love.
  • my wonderful grandchildren
  • my mum and my fiance, ok I know that’s two but they both mean so much to be
  • The wallet I lost yesterday, but was mailed to me today.
  • my kids… if it were not for them… i question whether i would still be here!
  • my cat and peace in my mind
  • for my 2 kids being so good to me
  • the animals I pet sit for. ♥
  • My family-friends
  • my kids
  • my nephews!!
  • My kids.
  • rainbows
  • my amazing understanding husband
  • My GP and psychiatrist, and my good mates that are very understanding.
  • my Girlfriend
  • That I have a happy healthy little boy who loves my very much I hopes one day he can come back to live with me ♥
  • Surprisingly i’m grateful for all the things that have ever happened to me because without them I wouldn’t be the person I am…
  • Facebook
  • My physical health, my lovely family and my adorable pets ♥
  • My babies…without them there really would be no point
  • my family that stands with me to the very end.
  • my two daughters – i need them, as without them i wouldn’t be here today
  • The BPD support pages on FB, it’s amazing how much they help.
  • grateful that every day I wake up, I get the chance to live my life differently.
  • my sisters ♥
  • my beautiful children
  • that i’m still here
  • My therapist
  • My dog…she is in training to be a psychiatric service dog and already helps me so much! I can’t wait until she is fully trained.
  • Just One? My uberwonderful partner of 22 years, Rachel.
  • my daughter!!! everyday!!! one more… my boyfriend.
  • that we who struggle with borderline traits are forming supportive communities through the Internet….

Life can be very difficult at times, but there is SO much to be grateful for! Whenever you’re feeling hopeless or down, try to remember the good that’s in your life. Find a reason to hang in there, a reason to keep going.

Mental Health Heroes

Last night I received a message from Chato B. Stewart (you may be familiar with his mental health cartoons) asking me if I’d like to be a featured Mental Health Hero for Mental Health Awareness Month in May– and of course I said yes! I’m so honored that he asked me. I will be featured on May 30th. Make sure you check out his website to see my picture and bio– I’ll let you know when it’s up. My bio will also include links to On The Borderline, which will help us get the word out about the organization and BPD awareness. I’m so excited!

Do you want to be a featured Mental Health Hero? Become a sponsor! If you’d like to donate a couple dollars to support the site instead, you can also do that.

Thank you to Chato B. Stewart for this wonderful honor and opportunity to share my story and spread awareness about BPD!

Donations & Email Updates

I just added a Donate button to our website— you’ll need a PayPal account in order to use it. If you’d rather mail us your donation, email me at laurenmaynard@ontheborderline.org and let me know.

We also now have an email update that you can subscribe to, which I’ll be sending out occasionally.

Note: We are not a licensed 501(c)3 charitable organization yet– the majority of the money that we raise will go towards attaining this status.

Planning for BPD Awareness Month

As most of you probably know, May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month, and it’s going to be here before we know it.

What should On The Borderline do for BPD Awareness Month? If we’re going to plan an event, we should start doing so.

What are YOU going to do for BPD Awareness Month?

Leave a comment!

Misconceptions About Borderline Personality Disorder

Hi, everybody!

I’m being interviewed by a woman who writes for Psych Central about living with BPD and my recovery process. One of the questions she’s asking me is, “What are some misconceptions about borderline personality disorder?” Even though I’m the one being interviewed, I’d like to have your input. What are some misconceptions that you’ve heard about BPD? Leave a comment! 🙂