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Sashbear wants to spread hope for families across Canada - and you can help us by simply voting!

You can support our project to bring Family Connections (FC) groups to eight more Canadian cities by the end of summer of 2018 and help bring hope to families and friends across Canada. You just need to vote by clicking on the image below
FC Canada expansion
With your vote you can help this project win the Aviva Community Fund competition which would award Sashbear funds to help pay for travelling costs for Sashbear volunteers to travel to expansion cities to deliver these often-transformational groups to those in need. Together, with your votes and Sashbear volunteers donating their time and expertise, we can make this project happen.! Help us make FC waves across Canada!

Sashbear Family Connection groups in southern Ontario and in Montreal have been tremendously successful and are bringing hope to many family and friends with loved ones struggling with emotion dysregulation. But the rest of Canada is also in dire need for these groups and our army of Sashbear volunteers are determined to spread the availability of these groups across Canada.

How can Sashbear spread FC groups across Canada? For each expansion city two Sashbear facilitators will start by running one FC group in two intensive weekends a month apart delivered in the expansion city. From this first group, the expansion city then will select 3 or more participants willing to grow the program in their city for participation in a second FC group but this time as observers. After the second FC training has completed the observers in the expansion city, with support from Sashbear, can now run their own FC group with possible expansion in their home province! This expansion model is being used successfully in Montreal, where, by end of October, observers from that city's second intensive FC group will be able to start their own group in the new year.



Sashbear Vision

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


Sasha’s Story


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 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...
  • Show me compassion and empathy first, don't just tell me how to change
  • Let go of judgments and believe in me so that I can believe in myself
  • Accept me so that I can better accept myself
  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better next time
  • Take care of yourself then you can attend to others
  • Be mindful - Observe, describe, participate effectively
  • Observe your own emotions rise and that of others, pause then engage effectively
  • Strive to be wise, not just rational or emotional
  • Change what you can, accept what you cannot
  • Validation is not agreement
  • Validate, Validate Validate
  • Be supportive, let go of judgements
  • We can't control having strong emotions but we can change how we respond to them
  • Hope is everything and is always there even when I cannot see it
  • BPD is more common than Schyzophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined 6%
  • The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400 times that of general population
  • BPD is the third leading killer of young women between the ages of 15-24
  • 1 of 5 seek help, 4 of 5 benefit from treatment
  • 4,000 young people die by suicide per year in Canada
  • I am not the disorder. I am a person/li>
  • Stop the Stigma - by Speaking Up
  • Living with BPD is like not having an emotional skin
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and invalidating environment could lead to BPD
  • Breathe
  • Mindfulness is not what you think
  • Mindfulness is being present moment to moment
  • Mindfulness is just observing, paying attention to non-judgement
  • Patience, trust, non-striving and acceptance
  • Mindfulness does not come by takes practice
  • Let your breath be your anchor to observe thoughts as they arise
  • Observe thoughts as they come and go like waves on the ocean
  • Pay attention to what you are actually paying attention to
  • What we frequently think we become
  • Turning my auto-pilot off
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake - Thoreau Walden
  • It is a radical act of love to just just down and be quiet for a time by YOURSELF
  • You are HERE!
  • Make each moment count!
  • I am a valuable part of all that EXISTS
  • I am Love. ALL is Love
  • The practice of mindfulness is not to follow your heart but to train your heart
  • It's OK, let it be
  • Smile at thoughts, they are empty. The only power thoughts have is the power you give them
  • The benefit will come to your life with consistent mindfulness practice everyday
  • Whatever you do to make it mindful!
  • Kindness is pure wisdom
  • Mindfulness is free or craving, want or hate
  • Be gentle to yourself as well as others
  • When you feel connected to someone that connection gives you purpose
  • Practice kindness whenever possible. It's always possible - Dalai Lama