Personality and trauma response

Improving community-based care for people who have a diagnosis or difficulties relating to a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.


There is a need to improve community-based care for people who have a diagnosis or difficulties relating to a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. This is because research and learning from people’s experiences across the country found that that there were areas that required improvement, including:

  • A lack of information and understanding
  • Limited choices in treatment
  • People finding it difficult to access support
  • Not feeling heard or cared for

We are working to improve this in Portsmouth and have held a series of workshops and events to work with the community to understand what improvements are needed locally, and how improvements should be made.

Within Workshop One, the team decided the project would be called Personality and Trauma Response. Nationally, it has been called the Personality Disorder Pathway, but people found this name unhelpful.

This work is still ongoing, and you can find out how to get involved below.

Workshops and events

We’re currently running a series of events and workshops to help us understand how we can improve support for people with a diagnosis, or difficulties relating to a diagnosis, of Personality Disorder.

Workshop one

Our first workshop took place in September 2022 and focused on understanding what has been helpful for people’s recovery and what could be improved. The group also discussed different names for this project.

Read more about our first workshop.

Workshop two

Our second workshop took place in December 2022 and focused on improvement ideas. People discussed each idea looking at the positives and negatives and placed the ideas in order of importance.

Read more about our second workshop.

How you can get involved

As we start to make changes, your feedback will be vital in helping us to continue improving, so everyone can get the mental health support they deserve.

We’re keen for more people to get involved, especially people with lived experience, carers, volunteers and professionals from across the city. We also welcome people who have an interest in mental health, and who are passionate about making a difference.

Find out more about how you can get involved.