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Here's a story written by students that appeared on the Senator O'Connor's newsletter talking about sashbear.org's presentation of October 15th. This validates every minute we spend to make these talks happen.

 

Sashbear Makes Waves at Senator O’Connor

sashbear.org at OCS

On June 17, 2011, Sasha Menu Courey a 20-year old vibrant student, national record-holding swimmer, Olympic hopeful loving daughter, and honour graduate from Michael Power/St. Joseph, lost her fight with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and died by suicide.

Today, her parents Lynn Courey and Mike Menu go out and speak to students to raise awareness about mental health and BPD (a mental disorder around the incapacity to manage and control emotions effectively) through their organization Sashbear.

On Monday, October 15th, Senator O’Connor and the Stop The Stigma Team opened its doors welcoming Lynn, Mike and Sasha’s close friends to share their stories about Sasha with our Grade 11 students. "Reduce stigma, raise awareness, and improve access to diagnosis and care" - this is the mission statement for the Sashbear Team who, with their impressive presentation, "Borderline...what? A message of hope" certainly got the message across. A presentation was also made in the Spring during Mental Health week to our grades 11 and 12 students. The Sashbear Team, as well as Senator O’Connor, hope to be able to do a presentation to the parents as well sometime in the near future.

Most notably recognized by their orange colour, from their clothing, to their pens and even their "sashbear.org ... Making Waves on BPD" wristbands, the organization has made a tremendous wave on BDP here at Senator O’Connor. The feedback from the students every year is incredible. This year as well, the students were very attentive and interested during the presentation. Also, as a new addition this year, the Sashbear organization came along with a crew from ESPN who had recorded the entire presentation for their "Outside the Lines" story about Sasha and her legacy.

O’Connor’s very own Stop The Stigma Club has also worked on getting the information out to our students about Mental Health Awareness. Bringing the Sashbear Team is only one of the many activities and assemblies that have been planned for this year. In fact during the Mental Health Awareness Month (May) Stop The Stigma will be bringing Lynn, Mike and their team back to share their stories with the grade 9 and 10 classes! The team will be working with the Sashbear organization and will donate all fundraising monies collected during the school year to the organization. Stay tuned for exciting events brought to you by the Stop The Stigma Team and feel free to stop in during their meetings. If you are interested in joining, they are welcome to new members. STOP THE STIGMA TEAM

  • Nous faisons tous de notre mieux et nous pouvons tous faire mieux...
  • Enlevons le stigma entourant la maladie mentale et le trouble de personnalité limite
  • Nous sommes tous dans le même bateau, vous n'êtes pas seul...
  • Validation avant la résolution de problèmes...
  • Trouble de règlement des emotions est le nouveau nom de trouble de personnalité limite...
  • Apprenons compétences TCD dans les écoles...
  • Nous allons intervenir, nous allons intervenir tôt...