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April 14, 2014 - Sasha Menu Courey Family and friends statement about University of Missouri independent investigation

The Family and Friends of Sasha Menu Courey are pleased with the results of the independent investigation conducted for the University of Missouri by Dowd Bennett and comforted by the immediate response by University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe. President Wolfe contacted Sasha’s parents personally, to offer his deepest sympathy and confirmed that they will be taking action to strengthen the university's policies to ensure students are safe on campus. We are hoping the transformation in their support system will make a difference and become a model for other universities.

Our daughter Sasha went through a perfect storm of unfortunate events that led to her suicide. Although we cannot change the past, we hope that the lessons learned from the investigation will lead to positive changes for future athletes and students. We hope to see a transformation of the processes that colleges and universities have in place to deal with students struggling with mental health issues and sexual assaults, whether they are athletes or not. This will never bring Sasha back, but we are hoping the changes will prevent another situation like this from occurring again.

Since Sasha passed away, we have focused on raising awareness of mental health issues because the system failed her. Due to lack of services in her home Province, she could not get the help she needed. To transform this tragedy into a message of hope, our efforts today continue to be on mental health awareness. Whether a rape victim, someone born with a disorder, or just going through a tough time, one in four will need mental health support at some point in their life. It is time that support is available when it is needed, without having to languish on a waiting list.

In Sasha’s memory, the Sashbear Foundation, has been created with the vision of “Making Waves on Mental Health by building environments for the advancement of life coping skills”. The foundation’s goal is to lead a mental health reform by promoting awareness for the need of early prevention, recognition, timely intervention and access to affordable treatment of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. We are holding our second annual Borderline 5k Walk to “raise awareness and show our support for those in need” on May 25th at the Sunnyside beach boardwalk in Toronto. We hope everyone will consider coming out. Please visit sashbear.org for details.

 

May 25 2014 - 2nd Annual Borderline Walk!

The Sashbear team is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Walk for The Sashbear Foundation. "The Borderline Walk" is happening right here in Toronto on Sunday, May 25th 2014 on the boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario.

The purpose of the walk is to remove stigma and raise awareness about Mental Health and Borderline Personality Disorder. In an atmosphere of support and solidarity the walk gathers people of all ages, neighbourhoods and communities for a relaxed and fun event. We welcome back our "sandwich" board volunteers. They will join the walkers and display messages highlighting mental health challenges, statistics and words of encouragement.

We received numerous positive feedback from many of last year's 300 participants:

"A healing walk"
"It's such an honour to be part of this event!"
"Now I know...and will tell others. Thanks for sharing."
"My daughter was pleasantly surprised and happy to learn that so many people care about kids like her and came out to raise awareness and support for these kids."

Let's make waves together! Come out and support The Sashbear Foundation's The Borderline Walk. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your neighbours and co-workers.

 

Watch our Borderline Walk video!

 

Registration / Pledges

You are welcome to walk with us anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm with an official walk start time of 10:00 am. Registration opens at 9:00 am. Click on image below to access registration site. You can create or join a team, or pledge for a participant or a team!

The Borderline Walk Registration site

 

Volunteers

If you want to volunteer for this event please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We have many volunteer opportunities available, including:

  • First Aid personnel (need certification)
  • "Sandwich" board walker
  • Information/Safety helper
  • Parking lot helper

 

Sponsors

We are proud to announce that Car Park Management will be our main sponsor for this year's walk. For details about additional sponsorship for this event please check registration site.

 

Your support makes a difference

With the money raised from this event we are disseminating the importance of early prevention, life coping skills and a more compassionate validating environment for everyone. We are bringing awareness and support to communities through our school talks, workshops and conference networking sessions.

 

The Borderline Walk Flyer

Below is a flyer of the walk. Feel free to click, print and distribute to promote the event.

 

 

Our efforts are making a difference, with schools, students, families, friends, health professionals. The wave is only starting, we are ALL in this together.

If you feel this is a cause you would like to support you may make a donation to The Sashbear Foundation by using the button below. We are an all-volunteer non-profit corporation and are in the process of applying as a registered charitable organization. As a result, we will not be able to give tax receipts for your donations at this time.

 

Vision

Making waves on Mental Health by building environments for the advancement of life coping skills.

 

Mission

To lead a mental health reform by promoting awareness for the need of early prevention, recognition, timely intervention and access to affordable treatment of individuals with emotional dysregulation. Through our efforts, we will bring positive changes to create a more validating environment for everyone by::

  • Eliminating the stigma around Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Advocating for access to affordable treatment services leading to improved quality of life
  • Disseminating effective life coping and interrelationship skills
  • Informing and mobilizing family and friends to seek the skills training needed to support loved ones when they struggle

 

Sasha’s Story

Sasha

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.

 

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...

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