Early intervention for adolescents with emerging BPD

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 7,700

This project represents the development of an innovative therapy group for young people at risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental health difficulty characterised by a pervasive patterns with emotion regulation, impulse control, and instability both in relationships and in self perception. Deliberate self harm and suicide attempts are common in patients with BPD and completed suicide rates are approximately 10%. The project will encompass the training and supervision of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) clinicians in a therapy called mentalization, which has been shown to be effective in adults with BPD, enabling clinicians to develop and evaluate a preventative group approach with aims of reducing suicidal behaviours and improving mental health symptoms.