2020 Growing Together

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The 2020 Growing Together is a set of modules (lessons) whereby we learn about what makes up mental health and how we can enhance our mental health.

Each fortnight a lesson plan will be posted.

This lesson plan will include objectives that we will work towards in learning about looking after ourselves and our loved ones.

The aim is that you will gain skills in living your life with greater meaning and purpose and that you can participate in life to fullest whilst living with a mental illness.

Example of topics covered include:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Eating well
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Setting goals

What is included in each module?

occupational therapy
  • An encouraging quote
  • Videos of helpful living tips
  • Practice resources you to use to make life easier
  • Easy to read fact sheets to print off
  • Links to other evidenced-based organisations
  • An art activity related to the topic
  • Community engagement
  • A facebook group/community where you can easily upload your progress for the week
  • Encouragement from Laura who is a registered health care provider towards reaching your individual goals


Who are the modules for?

Anyone that wants to learn more about looking after their mental and physical health this includes people with or without a disability. We are all about creating healthy communities for everyone.

For health care professionals to get ideas for delivering health-promoting strategies for their clients.

When do the modules start?

The modules start in January 2020.


The modules are inclusive in your membership fee.

What I do not provide?

OT for BPD does not provide crisis and emergency support. If you are in crisis you need to call 000 or your relevant emergency support numbers. In addition, this course does not provide 1:1 counselling to members, including providing advice to do with obtaining a medical diagnosis.

This course should not be considered your only form of psychological support. Rather an addition to supporting yourself in conjunction with your medical team.

Laura’s Background: 

Laura is a qualified occupational therapist with experience in mental health and education. As someone diagnosed with a serious mental illness I understand the difficulties in trying to find simple to understand material and how hard it is to put these strategies into our lives. I am passionate about evidenced-based resources. This means I try to seek out the best (most credible and relevant) strategies, and knowledge available to help live my life.

I look forward to taking this journey with you!

If you have any queries please contact Laura at otforbpd@gmail.com

  • Before You Start

    What you need to know before you start the Course

  • What is Recovery?

    Will I recovery from my mental health condition? What is recovery and how do I get there?

  • Understanding health

    This weeks lesson will cover what is health and what contributes to good or ill health. The idea of hollistic health will be introduced.

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  • Sleep

    Sleep is a vital occupation we need to live and live healthily. This lesson covers why we need sleep, sleep routines and sleeping strategies.

  • Creating routines
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  • Module 6: Physical Activity
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  • Module 7: Good Care
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  • Module 8: Mindfulness
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  • Module 9: Fatigue

    This lesson will cover what fatigue is.

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  • Module 10: Creative Arts
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  • Module 11: Leisure

    Leisure or recreational activities should be a key part in our everyday lives. Leisure can help us in many ways including improving our physical and emotional health. Without leisure life could be pretty boring. But too much leisure or spare time can often lead to boredom and frustration. Through this module you will explore • What is leisure? • Why do I need Leisure in my life? • The different types of leisure • What is a healthy balance of work, rest and play? • How can I find opportunities to engage in leisure? • How to engage in leisure when you are limited due to illness, pain and disability? • Support resources for exploring

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Founder of OT for BPD. Mental health Advocate; Occupational Therapy Teacher and Researcher Australia “As an occupational therapist diagnosed with BPD I will use this page to share about the various interventions and strategies that are helpful to those with BPD. I will also share about the positive and sometimes challenging approaches that health professionals have used in my treatment in emergency, inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) and also support those living with BPD and other mental health challenges Most importantly we will share how occupation can powerfully help change lives!" Laura

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