The Borderline Walk is happening on Sunday May 24, 2015
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 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.
On the Sunnyside boardwalk in Etobicoke overlooking Lake Ontario. Click here for a map.
Walk Day Schedule on May 24, 2015
9:00 am: Registration Begins - Arrive Early!
9:30 am: KickOff Ceremonies
10:00 am: Official Walk Start
12:00 pm: Walk ends
About the walk
The walk is 5k long, you can run it or walk it and could take between 45-60 minutes depending on how fast you walk. However, no pressure, if you can walk the full 5k then great, if not then walk whatever distance you feel comfortable with and enjoy the day! . You can even run it if you wish...
Until May 4, 2015 - $25 per walker
After May 4, 2015 - $30 per walker
Walk in (on day of walk) - $35 per walker
Early Bird All those who register by May 4 will be entered in the early bird draw prize: a $200 VISA gift card, so register early for a chance to win.
Who will be there?
Our kick off ceremonies will start at 9:30 am and include Donna Duncan, President and CEO of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Actor John Ralston of "Life with Derek" and "Degrassi" fame will also be part of the kick off ceremony along with local musician Michelle Ronchin aka R. Shelley who will be performing a new song she wrote for this year's walk. Michelle will be joined by Matt Elder and Rob Hughes from last year's walk to play some live songs during the walk.
What are people saying
We received numerous positive feedback from many of last year's 350+ participants:
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.
For more info about the walk click here to see last year's video and pictures.
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 Canadian registered charity under registration number 8233 90042 RR0001. Official tax receipts will be given for donations of $10 and above.
Making waves on Mental Health by building environments for the advancement of life coping skills.
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
- Promoting 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
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.