The Scottish Personality Disorder Network (SPDN) was commissioned in 2006 by the Mental Health Division of the Scottish Executive, with the ultimate aim of benefiting those meeting the diagnostic criteria for personality disorder in Scotland.
The SPDN membership includes professionals from different backgrounds, people with lived experience and relevant others/supporters. The Network was sustained by three conferences each year across Scotland and delivered on its agreed objectives until funding was withdrawn in 2016. However, members of the SPDN recognised its benefits and were keen for its work to continue.
Now, we are working to build on the previous achievements of the Network.
Over the last year, the SPDN has organised various working days to enable a forum for discussion around personality disorder, recognising that people formulate and describe these concepts and experiences in a variety of different and valid ways. We also worked to complete a funding application that will hopefully sustain the Network.
We will revise, update and develop the functions, structures and processes of the Network in order to meet our aim of benefitting those meeting the diagnostic criteria for personality disorder in Scotland in order to: (1) Raise awareness and understanding, (2) Tackle stigma and social exclusion, (3) Promote positive change and (4) Improve access to, and experience of, services.
Our vision for the SPDN is to transition into a co-produced Network, where authentic partnership between people with lived experience, health/social care professionals and independent organisations is at its core.
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