Sasha's heart

September 4 2014 - An article about Sasha and her heart recipient Pat Healy from VOX Magazine's September 4th issue

April 14 2014 - Family and friends Statement about Mizzou Independent Investigation

ESPN Outside The Lines

January 2014 - After six months of investigation ESPN Outside The Lines released a TV story entitled College Athletes And Mental Health: Sasha's Story. The story investigates Sasha Menu Courey's battle with mental health and how her university responded, including how they responded to allegations of sexual assault. This story made enormous waves in the US, and coincided with the formation of a new task force on college sex assault by the White House. In addition, as a result of this story University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe launched an independent investigation into the handling of sexual assault charges at their campuses. The results of this investigation highlighted areas where the University fell short and triggered ongoing efforts to more effectively address campus safety.

Swimming World Magazine article on BPD

August 2013 - An article about Sasha and Borderline Personality Disorder written by Shoshanna Rutemiller is published in the August 2013 issue of Swimming World Magazine entitled Battling Borderline Personality Disorder

Sasha Memorial Relays at ESWIM

May 2013- Various postings related to The Borderline Walk

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Sasha Memorial Relays at ESWIM

October 18 2012 - A story about the Sasha Memorial Relay Session at ESWIM is published on the InsideToronto newspaper entitled Parents promote healthy mind in athletes

School Talks on BPD

October 15 2012 - A story written by students was published on the Senator O'Connor's newsletter talking about's presentation of October 15th entitled Sashbear Makes Waves at Senator O’Connor

School Talks on BPD

July 17 2012 - A blog interview article written by Stacy Pershall appeared on Psychology Today web site on July 17, 2012 In this interview Mike Menu and Lynn Courey talk about their daughter Sasha and Borderline Personality Disorder. This article has two pages, please follow the links below to read the full article:
First page of article

Second page of article

Sasha after race

May 29 2012 - A Toronto Star article entitled Borderline personality therapy is scarce, costly was published in the Toronto Star describing some of the issues around treatment for BPD.

School Talks on BPD

May 9 2012 - An Inside Toronto article about School Talks entitled Parents of teen lost to BPD encourage students to defeat stigma of mental illness was published in Inside Toronto newspaper discussing the "Borderline...What? a message of hope" talks.

Sasha's heart

February 21 2012 - A follow-up article about Sasha and her legacy is published in the Columbia Tribune entitled Missouri swimmer's death gives life to another

Sasha's heart

August 9 2011 - An article is published on the Toronto Star newspaper, the country's largest newspaper, entitled A bright light trapped in a dark room

Sasha at Mizzou pool

July 22 2011 - A second article is published about Sasha on Mizzou's student paper 'The Maneater' entitled Menu Courey’s parents determined not to let their daughter’s death go in vain

Sasha at Mizzou pool

July 21 2011 - An article is published about Sasha on Mizzou's student paper 'The Maneater' entitled MU swimmer’s life revolved around swimming, friends

Sasha's heart

July 8 2011 - The first article about Sasha in Canada is published in the Inside Toronto newspaper entitled Parents hope to raise awareness of condition that took daughter's life

July 8 2011 - A day after the first Columbia Tribune article about Sasha, on July 8 2011, an article appeared in entitled Missouri Tigers swim team copes with tragedy

Sasha at Mizzou pool

July 7 2011 - An online article is published in Yahoo! Sports about Sasha entitled Mental Disorders Affect Athletes at All Levels

Sasha at Mizzou pool

July 7 2011 - A second article about Sasha was published in the Columbia Tribune on July 7 2011, shortly after the Mizzou Memorial, entitled Hope is swimmer’s death opens dialogue

Sasha at Mizzou pool

July 3 2011 - An article about Sasha was published in the Columbia Tribune newspaper on July 3 2011, shortly after her death, entitled Missouri swimmer’s suicide might draw attention to disorder. This article was the first article published about Sasha after her passing.

  • 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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