This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to the lovely city of Toronto to attend the Sashbear Foundation’s annual walk.
In 2017, I spent a lot of time online googling places to find help (or hope, honestly). I have personally experienced the challenges that come with trying to get help for certain mental illnesses. I’ve been rejected by doctors who didn’t want to deal with me and I was only able to get an adequate amount of help when it was almost too late.
Although the Sashbear Foundation is based in Canada, I have yet to find anyone that empowered or willing to speak out this way in the U.S. If anyone, anywhere can get help, I am here to support that because I don’t want anyone else to have to experience the same difficulties getting help as I have experienced.
The Sashbear Foundation was started by Sasha’s parents after Sasha lost the battle against her own brain in 2011. After scrolling through the website for a few minutes and reading Sasha’s story, something hit me like a ton of bricks and put everything into perspective. Her story includes the very real, very valid point: “The pain associated with the disorder was too great and the system failed to support her needs.” View full website here. After reading that sentence, I immediately knew that I needed to connect with these people and I am forever grateful for them.
The theme of the walk seemed to be “mindfulness” and there were some very meaningful activities associated with mindfulness. I really appreciated being encouraged to stay present and really soak in the moment of being surrounded by people who, even though most of them have no idea who I am, supported me. I had a lovely time hearing stories of others. If anyone I connected with during the walk happens to stumble upon this post, please reach out to me either in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to continue our support of each other.
I encourage you to check out the Sashbear Foundation and I will link their website and social media accounts below:
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who bought my shirts during the month of May. All of the money from them went to the Sashbear foundation during the event. This is our bear:
*Also, I don’t directly see who orders my shirts, so if you did please email me so I can make sure to get you a personal thank you note.
If you want to learn more, please take time to get to know the Sashbear Foundation and what they stand for. And if anyone from the Sashbear Foundation happens to be reading this: thank you for what you do. You are truly inspiring people all around the world.