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Psychiatrist dedicated to BPD and Canadian champion swimmer continues to make waves for Sashbear!

Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa, a 59 year old Hamilton psychiatrist who has dedicated her career to the research and treatment of BPD, continues to make waves for Sashbear.

On August 11, 2016, Dr. Korzekwa successfully completed the 20 miles swim across Cape Cod Bay: P2P from Plymouth to Provincetown, Massachusetts in 13 hours 6 minutes. Marilyn became the 7th person, and first Canadian, to ever complete this swim.

P2P swim across Cape Cod Bay

This was Marilyn's third consecutive marathon swim, raising funds for The Sashbear Foundation. Previous "Sashbear" swims include June 25 2016 - the Lake of Bays in Dwight Muskoka and March 18, 2016 - Cook Strait NZ.

We are excited that Korzekwa is fundraising for Sashbear with this swim. This money will help Sashbear continue to fund training of mental health professionals in evidence-based treatment of BPD, and education programs for families and in schools. Korzekwa says the illness, which has a suicide rate of 10%, can be treated. However, more treatment programs are desperately needed, as in Canada, suicide is the second highest cause of death for youth aged 10-24.

Use the button below to Donate and show your support for Marilyn during this challenging event and help Sashbear initiatives in the process!  All proceeds go to The Sashbear Foundation and Income tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.  The Sashbear Foundation is a registered charity under registration number 8233 90042 RR0001.

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Marilyn Korzekwa is an accomplished marathon swimmer and then some. She swam across the English Channel in 2011, and became the first Canadian to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming (English Channel, Catalina, Manhattan) in 2014. Most recently, in March of 2016, Marilyn became the first Canadian to swim the Cook Strait in New Zealand, her first swim raising funds for Sashbear.

For more information, links, and to follow her progress in her 2016 swims see cookstrait2016.blogspot.ca and follow us on twitter @SashbearOrg and on Facebook.

 

 

Sashbear 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
  • 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

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...
  • 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 itself..it 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