Improved Mental Health Services for Residents with Borderline Personality Disorder

February 11, 2013 Kitchener, ON – An investment of $400,000 from the Waterloo WellingtonLocal Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) means Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) will soon be available in this region in an innovative new format. This form of DBT has been particularly effective for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, who are often not helped by conventional mental health treatment.

The program will be provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA-WWD) and also offered to clients of Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health (WRHMH). These two community-based organizations support residents who grapple with complex mental health and addiction related issues. The specialized DBT program includes both group and individual treatment and is a recognized, evidence-based best practice among
mental health professionals.

“Evidence shows that DBT can help people most in need who couldn’t be helped before.”, said Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. "The WWLHIN’s targeted investment will provide a critical lifeline for people who might otherwise slip through cracks in our health system."

The DBT approach teaches skills that help participants learn to control their emotions and responses. It also helps to prevent addictions, self-harm, and suicidal behaviours. Through DBT, people learn ways to increase their own safety and stability, resulting in less negative responses. DBT has also been shown to have a lower attrition rate than other forms of therapy, and individuals in DBT have been shown to have fewer days of hospitalization.

“This is a huge addition to the therapeutic toolkit for individuals in our community. DBT will allow us to better help people we’ve been unsuccessful in supporting effectively in the past. It gives new hope to residents struggling to manage their condition, and to clinicians striving to support them,” said Fred Wagner, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

Improving access to home care and community supports is a key priority of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care (available at and helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

“This important investment closes a gap in mental health services for our community, and makes a positive difference for people in need of interventions and treatment. The $400,000 in funding for the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and their partnership with Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health (WRHMH) helps get the care people need to the people who need it most.“
- Hon. John Milloy, Government House Leader, Minister of Government Services and
MPP for Kitchener Centre

Learn More:

  •  Read more about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN at
  •  Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan at
  •  American Psychological Association, “Treatment for the 'untreatable'”

Andy Best
Communications Specialist
CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
T: 226-218-7167