COMPASS Study Participation

January 2022

The TULiP lab at York University (directed by Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick) is currently testing a new psychotherapy for suicidal or self-injuring people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms and their romantic partners called COMPASS (Connecting, Overcoming, and Moving Past Suicide and Self-injury). COMPASS is a 12-session couple psychotherapy intervention that is delivered to both the person with BPD symptoms and their romantic partner with the intent of improving suicidal or self-injury thoughts and behaviours, BPD symptoms,  relationship functioning, and partner’s mental health. It’s informed by both Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapies. We are now testing how well the this psychotherapy intervention works, which involves giving it to couples wherein one member has BPD and struggles with suicidal or self-injurious thoughts or behaviours. Participation in this study, including receiving the intervention, is free and participants are paid up to $250 for completion of study assessments. Participants are NOT prohibited from being involved in other therapies or interventions in this study. More information about COMPASS is available here. Individuals who are interested in participating in the study are invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Create Hope Through Action

Mental health issues can affect anyone. It impacts everyone. If you look at the people around you, you’ll likely find that at least one of them struggles with some form of mental illness. It could be a friend, neighbour, colleague or even your parent. They may seem to have a ‘perfect’ life, or not believe in therapy. They may appear to be perfectly happy; they may be hiding that something is very wrong.

Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation Achieves Canadian Registered Charitable Status

ABMF works to improve the quality of life for individuals impacted by Borderline Personality Disorder

TORONTO May 17, 2021 - Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation (ABMF) announced today that it has officially achieved Canadian registered charitable status. Charitable Registration Number: 752469536RR0001.

The foundation was created to honour the life of Ashley Boca. In 2018, Ashley lost her battle with Borderline Personality Disorder and died by suicide. She sought help multiple times from a host of organizations and healthcare professionals but was unable to find a treatment that worked for her.

ABMF believes that everyone should have access to the mental support they need—when, where and how they need it. They offer support and educational services to those that are struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the broad spectrum of mental illnesses associated with BPD—and their loved ones. ABMF also works to increase community awareness about mental health and mental illness.

BPD is a serious and misunderstood disorder that manifests differently in each person. 5.9% of adults will have BPD at some point in their lives; it affects 50% more people than Alzheimer’s Disease*. People with BPD are highly sensitive to what is going on around them and can react with intense emotions to small changes in their environment. Imagine being born without an emotional skin; no barrier to ward off real or perceived emotional assaults. Current research suggests that genetic inheritance, biology and environmental experiences all contribute to the development of BPD.

“As the mother of an adult child who suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder, who was pained and paralyzed not knowing how to help my loved one who was consistently misdiagnosed, added to yet another wait list, told they don’t qualify for treatment or that there are others worse off, I didn’t know where to turn,” said Diane Boca, Chair, Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation.

For more information about ABMF and to learn about BPD or to donate, please visit

*Source: NEABPD: (National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder)

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Charitable Registration Number: 752469536RR0001