A person with borderline personality disorder answers your questions

Content warning: This article discusses suicide and mental health. 

1.6% of the global population has borderline personality disorder (BPD). And 10% of those diagnosed will die by suicide.

Re: News journalist Zoe Madden-Smith sat down with Geo Cocks who was diagnosed with BPD at the age of 27 after searching for the right diagnosis for 11 years. 

Geo answers your questions about the biggest misconceptions of BPD and what it’s like to live with the disorder. 

This video is part of our series ‘Answering Your Questions. If you have an experience you want to share on camera, email zoe@renews.co.nz.

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Where to get help:

  • 1737: The nationwide, 24/7 mental health support line. Call or text 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor.
  • Suicide Crisis Line: Free call 0508 TAUTOKO or 0508 828 865. Nationwide 24/7 support line operated by experienced counsellors with advanced suicide prevention training. 
  • Youthline: Free call 0800 376 633, free text 234. Nationwide service focused on supporting young people.
  • OUTLine NZ: Freephone 0800 OUTLINE (0800 688 5463). National service that helps LGBTIQ+ New Zealanders access support, information and a sense of community.