One in four Canadians are affected by mental health challenges, and family members are on the front lines in providing support for their loved ones. There is inadequate recognition and support for family members. Too often, they end up isolated and hopeless, and often struggle with their own mental health, essentially becoming “collateral casualties” as they try to help their loved ones.
The Sashbear Foundation is a charity recognized as a leading voice for Canadian families impacted by emotion dysregulation, suicidality, and related mental health challenges. Sashbear trains and empowers family members to share life-transforming skills, building community and hope through evidence-based family programs, advocacy, and education.
Sashbear is working towards a Canada where all families have:
- access to affordable and timely skills and support,
- opportunities to regain balance in their lives,
- strategies and skills to provide effective support to their struggling loved ones
- confidence to speak out about families’ experiences and advocate for their needs.
With a national presence, Sashbear is bringing recognition to the reality that families play an integral role in transforming mental health services to be more effective and tailored to the specific needs of each individual.