Waves: Borderline personality disorder


Unfortunately, our Waves service is currently closed for referrals

Due to funding shortages, we regret that we have closed the waiting list to all new referrals for our Waves service.

We are working with the funders to secure the funding we need to re-open the services to new referrals.

Those already in the Waves service will not be affected.

Other options

If you are in crisis, or need urgent help, please call 999, or 111 and follow the prompts – or get in touch with one of our suggested emergency contacts below.

Please take a look at our other services below, as well as the support available from other organisations.

And, if you have any queries, please contact us.

Support from other organisations

Steam House Cafe: Mental health support on your high street

Green Light Trust: “Building Health, Hope and Happiness through the Power of Nature”

Suffolk User Forum: “Your voice for mental health and emotional wellbeing”

More support options can be found in our Help Directory.

Support from other organisations

NSFT: Free workshop for carers, family and friends of someone with a personality disorder

Steam House Cafe: Mental Health Support On Your High Street

Wellbeing Norfolk & Suffolk: Mental health, wellbeing and emotional support

ActivLives: Motivating, supporting and inspiring healthier lifestyles

NHS: Mental health services

Anglia Care Trust: Multi-service charity

Suffolk InfoLink: Emotional Wellbeing Gateway (Mental Health Advice & Support Services)

Rethink: Find mental health support in your area

Autism & ADHD: a local charity providing training and support

Suffolk Mind services

Waves is an innovative service for people with a diagnosis of, or traits of, Borderline personality disorder (BPD). It offers weekly sessions that provide a safe, supportive and empowering environment.

The Waves service is available to participants for a 12-month period.

Please note, we are currently not taking referrals for this service. 

Please note: this is not a crisis service.

For urgent help for you or someone you know, please contact your GP, visit A&E, call 999 or 111, or visit our Help Directory for more options.

What are traits of BPD?

BPD, sometimes referred to as EUPD (or emotionally unstable personality disorder), is a mental health condition which can affect people in some of the following ways:

  • Being easily overwhelmed by strong emotions such as distress, anxiety, anger or feelings of low self-esteem
  • Difficulties with emotional connection to others and struggles with personal relationships
  • Seeking control over strong emotions through self-harm, including abusing alcohol, drugs, or overdosing
  • Becoming very attached to someone in a short space of time, before ‘pushing’ them away before they can be let down

For more information on Borderline Personality Disorder, take a look at this short film, or visit Mind’s webpage on BPD.

Do you need more support for managing your emotions?

If you are an adult with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis, or you recognise the traits in yourself, our Waves service could be right for you.

Waves gives you:

  • An opportunity for you to learn new skills to help manage and understand the diagnosis to enable you to lead a fulfilling life
  • Help for you to building your confidence and self-esteem
  • Help for you to make positive connections and achieve personal goals
  • A supportive, group working environment (not individual therapy, as staff are not trained therapists)
  • An integrative programme working from the Human Givens approach, while using elements of DBT & CBT to help you reframe your ways of thinking

[Waves] really is a fantastic course. It helped me enormously and when I feel “off”, I always go straight to my Emotional Needs to work out what is wrong.

Waves service user

When do Waves sessions take place?

Waves groups run for 12 months, and participants will need to commit to the full programme.

Groups currently run as follows:

Day Location Approx. waiting time
Tuesdays Felixstowe Closed for referrals
Tuesdays Ipswich Closed for referrals
Wednesdays Ipswich Closed for referrals
Wednesdays Bury St Edmunds Closed for referrals
Wednesdays Haverhill Closed for referrals

The groups are run weekly, alternating between face-to-face meetings and virtual reflective sessions from home between 10am and 12pm (on the same day as the usual face-to-face meeting).

Each face-to-face meeting features the following activities:

Life skills

10am – 12pm

Lunch break

12pm – 1pm

Art-based activities

1pm – 3pm

Virtual Waves groups

For those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions, we also offer Virtual Waves groups as follows:

Day Name Time Activity Approx. waiting time
Thursdays Virtual group 1-3pm Life skills  Closed for referrals

Contact us

For enquiries about Waves, please email our team.

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