Real Life Communities

Real-life support groups are exceedingly rare or currently filled to capacity. We encourage you to start your own or search for one using Currently there are several groups for people with BPD, but few for family members.


You may also sign up for the in-person or telephone educational and support group Family Connections sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. ( There is a wait.

©Family Connections is a research-based, manualized 12-week course for family members with a relative (almost always parents) with borderline personality disorder (BPD), or borderline traits who are low-functioning, suicidal, and engage in self-harm. Developed by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman, the program seeks to provide the most current information and research on BPD, to teach coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and to develop a support network.

Family Connections classes are led by family members trained during a weekend training retreat. The effort of Family Connections is coordinated by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD). Research shows that family members who attend the program experience a decrease in depression, burden, grief and an increase in empowerment.

The course is available in many locations across the country. Participants and NEA-BPD supporters are invited to give a donation to the organization to help support the growth of Family Connections. Suggested donation is $50 or more if possible.

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