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Body-focused repetitive behaviour awareness ribbon. Represents all BFRBs.

Each year, the Canadian BFRB Support Network and the body-focused repetitive behaviour community celebrates BFRB Awareness Week, which takes place from October 1-7. It’s a time to be even more open and honest about BFRBs and really push out awareness, including sharing with those who both need to know about BFRBs (such as people in the medical field) and people we might not normally approach.

Current statistics say 2 in every 50 people live with a BFRB, whether it be trichotillomania, dermatillomania, or otherwise. Many people with BFRBs never seek medical help, so that number could be even higher. Because of that, we want to bring as much awareness to BFRBs as possible, which we strive to do every day of the year, but BFRB Awareness Week is a time for the entire community to come together and do it as one strong unit.

Here at CBSN, we have a couple of yearly BFRB Week traditions, including a week-long feature of guest blog submissions and our annual Breaking Down BFRBs event (although that doesn’t always fall directly on BFRB Week). We also do an assortment of other things and are always working to find new ways to bring awareness to BFRBs.

Everyone can participate in CBSN’s activities, no matter where you’re from. Scroll down to find out how you can get involved with CBSN’s BFRB Week activities.

BFRB Week 2017


In the past, we’ve used BFRBweek to discuss all things body-focused repetitive behaviours, in particular, what they are and focusing on each specific one. This year, we’re bringing that idea back, but are ramping up the discussions to include some of the most frequently asked about topics, including treatment and relationships. Check out the graphic below for our schedule of topics and follow along on our social media during BFRB Awareness Week.

Canadian BFRB Support Network discusses all things body-focused repetitive behaviours during BFRB Awareness Week 2017.

BFRB Week Guest Blogs