Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation

It was too late for Ashley.

On Nov. 1st, 2018 Ashley Alexandria Boca lost her battle with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), also referred to as Emotion Dysregulation, and died by suicide just a few weeks before her 32nd birthday. 

As her mother, I am determined to save another parent the heartache and anguish and say "We Hear You" to those impacted by Emotion Dysregulation.  

Emotion Dysregulation, also known as Linehan's Profile or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious and complex mental health problem.  It’s the most common personality disorder affecting 6% of the U.S. population (~14 million Americans; 50% more people than Alzheimer’s disease and as many as Bipolar and Schizophrenia combined (2.25%)).  It’s like being born without an emotional skin; no barrier to ward off real or perceived emotional assaults.  Those who suffer are highly sensitive to their surroundings and can react with intense emotions to even the smallest changes in their environment.

Here is some important information:
·        10% of all people with BPD eventually commit suicide
·        BPD is the 3rd leading cause of death among young women between 15-24
·        4,000 young people die by suicide each year in Canada
·        The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400x  that of the general population
·        1 in 5 seek help and 4 out of 5 benefit from treatment
·        Advocacy groups have also identified lack of funding for research on BPD, and exclusion of BPD from research studies.  In the US $300 million/year is raised for Schizophrenia research vs. $5 million raised for BPD


The ABMF charity was founded November 24, 2019; incorporated January 9, 2020 and is currently in the “charitable status” application phase of the process.  We are not yet able to offer tax receipts, and given the current health climate, actively modelling physical (social) distancing we are eager to begin delivering our online programs and educative initiatives to those who need them most.


We want to:

·        Deliver the community program "The Morning Mindfulness Workshop" by Dr. Diana Singh and Dr. Jessica Rizk beginning May 3rd, 2020
·        Help supplement the cost of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for those impacted by BPD -   the most studied treatment for BPD and the one shown to be most effective
·        Allow participation in other educative initiatives for loved ones and those impacted by BPD



We’re seeking to raise $25,000. to get important initiatives started immediately.

Disclaimer:   A portion of the funds raised will go towards general operating expenses; including but not limited to consultants fee, insurance, and operating expenditures until such time we begin official fundraising and can issue tax receipts.  The majority of funds will be distributed as disclosed in section “About ABMF” on our website:


  • Anonymous 
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Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation 
Toronto, ON
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