On June 17th 2011, Sasha Menu Courey lost her battle to Borderline Personality Disorder and died by suicide at the age of 20. Although she was a scholarship athlete and a gifted student with a promising future, the pain associated with the disorder was too great and the system failed to support her needs. Sasha struggled to understand why the treatment that was “air to breathe” was so expensive and difficult to locate.
What is BPD?
BPD is a serious mental disorder centered around the inability to manage emotions effectively. The symptoms include: fear of abandonment, impulsivity, anger, bodily self-harm, suicidal ideation, and chaotic relationships.
In Sasha’s memory we are committed to “making waves for BPD” .
The three pillars of our mission are:
- Reduce stigma
- Raise awareness
- Improve access to diagnosis and care
How prevalent is BPD?
Is it estimated that about 2 to 6% of the population is afflicted by BPD. It is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
How is BPD related to suicide and self-injury?
10% of adults with BPD die by suicide
55-85% of adults with BPD self-injure their bodies
33% of youth who die by suicide have features of BPD
Here is a timeline of the history behind Sashbear.org since Sasha's passing.
Scroll timeline and click on events for details. Scroll pictures in slider above and hover over image to pause.
- We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
- Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
- We are all in this together, you are not alone...
- Validation before problem solving...
- Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
- Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
- Let's intervene, let's intervene early...