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Sashbear's Expert Education Series

Click here for a list of upcoming and recorded presentations. 




Tolerance for Uncertainty is a DBT-based workbook that can be used by family members and our loved ones. Developed by a DBT-trained clinical psychologist in North Bay, Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa, this workbook guides you through DBT skills to accept your feelings, tolerate distress, and thrive in this challenging time.

Here is a link to download Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook

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Link to Resources


Sashbear (links to upcoming events, education, support resources)
Sashbear Family Connections Groups
Sashbear's DBT Skills in schools pilot
Sashbear's About Suicide Information which includes phone numbers around GTA
Sashbear's About BPD Information

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health - Toronto
What's up walkin - Toronto free mental health counselling
Davenport Perth Health Programs - Toronto runs DBT skills group – Surfing Tsunamis
Kids Help Phone
Canadian Mental Health Association - Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Toronto
Strides Toronto
East Metro Youth Services - Toronto
Skylark (Delisle) Youth Services - Toronto
LOFT - Toronto
Family Navigation Project @ Sunnybrook - Toronto
Reconnect’s FAME Family and Caregiver Support Services - Toronto
CMHA-Toronto Family Outreach and Response Program (FOR) - Toronto
Youthdale - Toronto
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences - Whitby
BPD Society of BC - BC
ON-BPD - Ottawa
AMI Quebec - QC
Stella's Place Assessment and Treatment Centre - Toronto
Living Works Suicide Training Prevention Solutions
Haliburton Highlands Health Services - Haliburton
The Mental Health Mom - podcasts

Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (addiction treatment) - AB call 211 or log on to for immediate assistance in Ontario, to access resources in your local area

In Alberta - Access 24/7 is now open, providing in-person assessment, crisis outreach and stabilization around the clock, every day of the year. People seeking addiction and mental health supports can now go to Anderson Hall across from the Royal Alexandra Hospital emergency department, 10959 102 St. N.W, Edmonton, AB. There, they can access walk-in, phone and outreach services, including information and referrals; support for individuals and families to navigate Alberta Health Services (AHS) and community services; consults to community providers; intervention and treatment. They can also access a wide variety of services through one telephone number: 780-424-2424.

Canada fee for service resources

Please note that each organization provides different and sometimes partial DBT services with respect to group skills, phone coaching, etc. and wait times and costs will vary. Please enquire about these when you contact them. This list is not intended to rank or rate the organizations listed:

Borderline Personality Disorder From the Inside Out
Broadleaf Health - Guelph
Broadview Psychology - Toronto
Centre for MindBody Health - Toronto
Dialectical Living - Toronto
The Centre for Psychology + Emotion Regulation 
Dr. Elana Rosencrantz - Toronto
Bay Psychology - Northbay - Currently offering online services
Dr. Schuler Counselling  Services - Toronto
EBT3 Psychology - Toronto
Emily Collette Counsellling - Toronto
Freud-Goldman and associates - Thornhill
Garfinkel Therapy - Durham and York regions
Inner Solutions - Calgary
Kristan Graham-Seymore - Kitchener/Waterloo
Mindfulness Dimensions
North Simcoe Therapy Network - Midland
Rennet Wong-Gates - Aurora
The Mindfulness Clinic - Toronto
Ontario DBT Centre
The DBT Centre
Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Toronto


National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder - link to Education Videos
McLean Hospital - link to Consumer Education
Clearview Treatment Programs  -
Behavioral Tech - Dialectical behaviour therapy website
DBT Path -  DBT Path
Hope For BPD -  Hope For BPD
DBT Peer Connections - DBT Peer Connections
DBT Self Help - Marsha Linehan video transcripts
BPD Resource Centre -
BPD video -
Personality Disorder Awareness Network -
Project375 - Brandon Marshall's Project375

Miscellaneous Resources - online support group for people with depression and bipolar disorder, etc.
Healthy Place - online support group for people with addiction and mental health issues.
Mindfulness Dimensions - specializing in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)



Blaise Aguirre (2013) - Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Blaise Aguirre (2014) - Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: What to do when your teen has BPD
M. McKay, J. Wood, J. Brantley (2007) – The Dialectical Behavior Theraphy Skills Workbook
Michael Hollander (2008) - Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury
Shari Manning (2011) - Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder
Alan Fruzzetti (2006) - The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation
Valerie Porr (2010) - Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change
Sheri Van Dijk (2012) - Calming the emotional storm: Using DBT skills to manage your emotions & balance your life
Children's books available via - Personality Disorder Awareness Network
Bea, Pamela, Paula Tusiani (2013) - Remnants of a Life on Paper
Fran Porter (2014) - When The Ship Has No Stabilizers

Click below for a list of book resources that Sashbear Family Connection participants have shared with us during our FC groups. These are not necessarily Sashbear recommendations but rather a compiled list of resources our participants have shared with us that have been useful to them:
FC Book list


Sashbear Pamphlets

Borderline Personality Disorder Pamphlet
BPD Pamphlet

Family Connections Pamphlet
FC Pamphlet

DBT Skills in Schools Pilot project Pamphlet
DBT Skills in Schools Pamphlet

  • 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