The Sashbear Foundation's 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Sashbear Foundation's 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday March 29th, 2015. The event reviewed the work done by the foundation in 2014, showcasing a very successful year. Here's a copy of the full report:
AMG 2015 Report


Here are a few videos about this event featuring Lynn Courey and our two distinguished guest speakers, Dr. Anthony Ruocco and Eugenia Messner:


President's Report - Lynn Courey.
Lynn Courey, President of The Sashbear Foundation delivers a summary of the foundation's work in 2014.


Neural basis for symptoms of emotion dysregulation in people with BPD - Dr. Ruocco, University Of Toronto Scarborough.
Dr. Anthony C. Ruocco is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough and an Associate Scientist in the Research Imaging Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is the recipient of numerous national and international grants and awards to study the neurobiological underpinnings of borderline personality disorder. His current research focuses on biological markers that may run in families affected with BPD, and the ways in which neural systems involved in emotion regulation and impulse control may change through dialectical behaviour therapy, as well as new brain stimulation interventions that may be effective for people with BPD. Dr. Ruocco’s presentation during the thie year's AGM focused on recent findings showing a neural basis for symptoms of emotion dysregulation in people with BPD.


The impact of DBT training on service providers - Eugenia Messner, DPNCHC.
Eugenia Messner is a Counsellor/therapist at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC). Eugenia participated in the DBT training for service providers sponsored via Mount Sinai Sasha Menu Courey Fund which started last fall on November 24, 2014. She was selected for the longitudinal study portion of the training and shared with us the impact of this training on her practice and in the community.


Here are a few pictures taken during the event.

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  • 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 Schizophrenia 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
  • 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

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