GROW (NZ) – GROW is a voluntary association of people who know they are inadequate or maladjusted to life (mentally, socially or spiritually), who earnestly desire to change and are helping one another to grow to personal maturity. GROW meetings are typically formed by a group of 5 to 9 people who meet weekly for two hours followed by some refreshments. They combine personal testimonies, reports on progress, group work on members’ problems and adult education about rebuilding lives. Between meetings they keep in touch through friendly phone calls and organised socials. There is no need for referral and participation is voluntary. Meetings are confidential and anonymous – members know one another by first names only. No fees are charged and a small donation to meet necessary expenses is voluntary.
MentalHelp.net (US) – Personality disorders are pervasive chronic psychological disorders, which can greatly affect a person’s life. Having a personality disorder can negatively affect one’s work, one’s family, and one’s social life.
National Library of Medicine (US) – Personality disorders are long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that cause serious problems with relationships and work. People with personality disorders have difficulty dealing with everyday stresses and problems. They often have stormy relationships with other people. The exact cause of personality disorders is unknown. However, genes and childhood experiences may play a role.
The Haven Project(UK) – The Haven Project is based on a tradition of service user research. In the late 1990’s a group of 50 local service users, all of whom had attracted the diagnosis, worked with Heather Castillo on service-user-focused research about personality disorder. This research study was published as a book in 2003 (see details below). The publication was preceded and followed by a number of journal article. Articles available on site.