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Julie Mason, CBSN’s Guelph peer support group leader, shares her story of living with trichotillomania at Breaking Down BFRBs 2016.

Since 2014, the Canadian BFRB Support Network has hosted an annual free event called Breaking Down BFRBs. At this event, we invite the public to come learn about body-focused repetitive behaviours, from the very basics to more in depth questions. Information about BFRBs is given by our volunteers, medical professionals, and community members sharing their experiences.

Each year we make an effort to update our information and to be as accurate and supportive to our guests as possible. We also have a table set up with further information, books, and other BFRB goodies.

The event has taken place for the past three years in Toronto, Ontario in November.

Fourth Annual Breaking Down BFRBs

Saturday, November 18, 2017
1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Fort York Library
190 Fort York Blvd
Toronto, ON

Although the event is free, we ask that you please register through Eventbrite so we can keep track of how many people are coming. Click here to go to the Eventbrite page.


Aneela Kumar — co-creator of HabitAware via Skype
Julie Mason — trichster, advocate, Guelph Peer Support Group leader
Mary Thomson — BFRB therapist

Topic Breakdown

Body-focused repetitive behaviours 101
HabitAware — What is it? How does it work?
Acceptance and Its Role in Recovery
Lived Experience


This year we are raffling off a Keen bracelet from HabitAware. The Keen is a bracelet that helps you manage your behaviours by alerting you to when you are doing a specific motion it is trained to recognize. The bracelet emits a slight buzz and is a great addition to your therapy.

For full raffle rules and details, please click here.

Past Breaking Down BFRBs Events

Breaking Down BFRBs 2016 — Speaker Dr. Mark Sinyor

Breaking Down BFRBs 2015 — Speaker Playlist