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Improving Access, Treatment and Support for People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

Thu, 20 Jun 2024

Virtual, Online

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“A personality disorder can affect how you cope with life, manage relationships, how you behave, and how you feel - pretty much every aspect of your life. The picture for personality disorders is complex, but we often hear that care is patchy, and people only get help when they hit a crisis. There needs to be a package of support that is tailored to the individual, as we know that kind of care works and for some can mean the difference between life and death.”

Rethink Mental Illness

“The diagnosis of personality disorder is a highly sensitive and contentious label. Those who receive this diagnosis have often endured significant trauma and adversity in early life, then are further stigmatised when given this diagnosis, with many experiencing of rejection, lack of treatment options and exclusion from services. Despite some significant improvements and training initiatives to enhance staff knowledge and challenge stigma, many people continue to report feeling misunderstood.”

Alison Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Mental health, University of Central Lancashire 2023

Personality Disorders encompass a wide range of conditions which have long been misunderstood and stigmatised. Individuals with personality disorders often face exclusion and limited access to an appropriate care and support system.

In recognising this pressing need for change, we have assembled a conference with mental health professionals, researchers and advocates that will explore innovative strategies, evidence-based treatments and compassionate support frameworks that can transform lives.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve access and treatment for people living with complex emotional needs or a diagnosis of personality disorder

  • Reflect on the lived experience of someone with a diagnosis of personality disorder and how this label can impact on their care

  • Learn from outstanding practice in early intervention

  • Ensure equity of access and improve support for people from diverse communities

  • Discuss the use of terminology and stigma associated with this diagnosis and how we can change attitudes and culture

  • Learn from successful intervention programs in the prison and probation sector

  • Understand how you can deliver effective psychological therapies for people with personality disorder

  • Identify key strategies for engaging with and supporting carers

  • Exploring the challenges of diagnosing personality disorders in young people

  • Understand how to self assess and audit your service for personality disorder and developing an action plan for improvement

  • Supporting people living with a diagnosis of personality disorder and their family and carers

  • Understand how to effectively integrate suicide mitigation practice into your service

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Take part in live Q&A sessions with expert speakers and peer group discussion

  • Gain CPD professional development for revalidation evidence, subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Dr Phil Moore

Thrive - London's Suicide Prevention Group

Mr Thomas Dunning

Director & Motivational Speaker
Mental Health Runner

Bryony Dale

Service User Network Manager & Facilitator
Specialist Personality Disorder and Complex Needs Team
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr David Kingsley

Consultant Psychiatrist and Managing Director
Care in Mind

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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