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The Borderline Walk is happening on Sunday May 24, 2015! Registration is now open.

Register before May 5 to take advantage of early registration price of $25 per walker; price goes up to $30 per walker on May 5. Join the wave in support of a great cause and enjoy the day!

There is a Q&A section at the bottom of the registration home page with information about how to form a team or join an existing team, etc. Still having issues, not a problem, just send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be glad to help you.

 

What to expect at the Borderline Walk...

Here's a video of last year's walk:

 

Here are a few pictures taken during last year's event.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://sashbear.org/en/events/borderline-walk#sigFreeId06b9b1bbe8
Follow the links below to see the full set of great pictures taken during the event by our volunteer photographers:

Pictures courtesy of Oliver Hannak
Pictures courtesy of John Fraser
Pictures courtesy of Wajih Abdalnour
Pictures courtesy of John Schultz taken of participants at the end of the walk. Can you find your pictures?

 


Dr. Shelley McMain
picture courtesy of John Fraser

Karen Waddell and John Ralston
picture courtesy of John Fraser

Matt Elder and Rob Hughes, click here to hear song
picture courtesy of Oliver Hannak

 

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:

  • Borderline What? - a message of hope School Talks
  • Swim Relays
  • Peer support facilitation
  • Future events to raise awareness
  • Capacity building projects such as DBT training

 

Messages of awareness

The following messages of awareness were shown during the walk by our tireless volunteer "sandwich people" which carried them, one on their back and one on their front:

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://sashbear.org/en/events/borderline-walk#sigFreeId704e37661d

 

  • 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

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