Register now for the 5th Annual Borderline Walk on Sunday May 28, 2017!

Register now for the walk!      donate to this year's walk

The walk is a symphony of families, people with lived experience, mental health providers, organizations, entertainers, mindfulness practitioners, and educators. Everyone is brought together as one, along the historic Sunnyside Boardwalk in Toronto, to share a mindful walk of awareness  and celebrate that together we are making waves for those that struggle and their families. Last year's walk included music, speeches, a mindfulness bridge walk, mindfulness meditation on the beach and awareness passport activities.

The theme of this year’s walk is "Families for Youth" - highlighting the powerful role the family plays in treating and preventing Emotion Dysregulation.

Who will be there?
Speaker - Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, Program Director at McLean Hospital in Boston, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate
Speaker - Dr. Perry Hoffman, PhD, President and co-founder of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Speaker - Preston Thompson, CEO of Behavioral Tech and Executive Director of the Linehan Institute in the United States.

Dr. Fruzzetti and Dr. Hoffman, pioneered the Family ConnectionsTM Program. That program provides education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has Emotion Dysregulation or related problems. The Sashbear Foundation has made the program accessible in Canada and is expanding to the rest of Canada. So far, more than 500 family members in Canada have benefited from Family Connections. Sashbear also provides skills directly to youth through their DBT Skills in Schools pilot program. Demand for both Sashbear programs is growing and funds raised from the 5th Annual Borderline Walk will help the Sashbear Foundation to continue to deliver these programs in Canada.

Also present at this year's walk
Olympians Heather and Brittany MacLean
R. Shelley who will perform a new song written for this walk
Pat Healy of Boston, recipient of Sasha Menu Courey’s heart
Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa, Psychiatrist specializing in BPD and work record holder long distance swimmer

Help us promote this year's walk by sharing our flyer, just click image below to download it!


Borderline Walk pictures

Here are a few links to pictures of last year's walk. Just click on the images below:


Borderline Walk Video


As seen by one of our Sashbear walk volunteers

Toronto – Sunday May 29th. 6:45 am. Lynn, Mike, and a bunch of Sashbear volunteers are meeting on the Lakeshore for the Walk. We have been working for months in preparation for the event. The day has finally come!

We get the brooms, cleaning products, paper towels, and latex gloves out, and we enthusiastically start the day. The tables in the registration gazebo are now clean and we cover them with an orange plastic cloth. Orange is our colour, one of Sasha’s favorite colors. It brought sunshine to her darkness.

The stations are ready – Pre-registrations, walk-ins, volunteers table, sandwich boards carriers, t-shirts, water bottles, team flags, door prizes, promo and donation tables, speakers’ corner, photography “booth” with a bench and a big white bear… we are all set to go!

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In the News

The Borderline Walk has been covered extensively by the media including The Toronto Star, TV coverage on CBC The National and on CTV's W5 "Emotional Rescue" episode as well as Toronto local TV news.

Most recently, Sashbear"s Family Connections program was in metro morning radio show and in the following CBC news article


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.. Here are some of the efforts that your donations will help fund:

  • Family Connections in Toronto and expansion throughout Canada
  • Social Emotional Learning STEPS-A DBT skills in Schools Pilot Research Study
  • Future events to raise awareness
  • Capacity building projects such as DBT training


Our Walk Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors of this year's Borderline Walk:





Messages of awareness

The following messages of awareness were displayed during the walk by our tireless "sandwich board" volunteers:


  • 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