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Since its inception, CBSN has had the privilege of being referenced, linked to, or featured in some media outlets.  If you and your organization would like to interview CBSN, learn more about our cause, or learn more about BFRBs, please email sarah@canadianbfrb.org.


March 6th, 2015 - The Doctors - Episode on Skin Picking

Watch Angela Hartlin on CBS’ emmy- award daytime talk show “The Doctors” talking about her experience with compulsive skin picking!

Feb 24th, 2015 -CTV Live at 5’s “Mental Health Minute”

Feb 5th, 2015 - Calgary Herald - Skin picking disorder rare but treatable condition

 Our Peer Support Coordinator, Danielle Roberts, shared her story of living with dermatillomania (skin-picking disorder) which was published in her local newspaper, the Calgary Herald. Read the piece here!

Jan 9, 2014 - What's Eating You - Podcast

One of our Guelph BFRB support group members discusses her personal journey with trichotillomania. Click here to listen!

Feb 19, 2014 - BFRB Awareness Video feat. Rick Mercer

signsWatch the video here!

Sept 19, 2014— Yukon News, No Need To Be Ashamed

Meet Colleen! She is the leader of the Yukon BFRB support group, who has raised Trichotillomania awareness while giving CBSN exposure through a local paper!
Click Here

April 02, 2014 — Huffington Post, I Have a Condition That Almost No Doctor Understands

October 07, 2013 — Huffington Post, I Literally Pull Out My Hair — And So Do Many Canadians

This week is incredibly important to not only me, but millions of Canadians across the country. October 1-7 is BFRB Awareness Week. Earlier this year, I founded the Canadian BFRB Support Network (CBSN), a non-profit organization/upcoming charity dedicated to being the number one support network and educational resource for Canadian pullers, pickers, and professionals alike. CBSN is aiming to reduce the stigma, shame, and isolation associated with BFRBs. (Click Here)

October 02, 2013 — Canada.com, When hair pulling is more than just hair pulling

After speaking with the doctors about wanting to start a BFRB support group, Robertson was encouraged to start the Canadian Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours Awareness Network. The non-profit launched earlier this year, and has applied for charitable status. “For the first time I can sit in a room with 25 other people…who completely understand,” she said. “People know they’re not alone anymore.” (Click Here)

August 06, 2013 — University of Guelph-Humber, How CBSN Was Created

sarah-300x90When Sarah Robertson tells her story, she includes a lot of shoulder shrugging and looks of surprise and statements like, I was in the right place at the right time to start something… I guess. Even she didn’t realize the impact she was having, and may not yet still. Her story begins in the seventh grade. (Click Here)

July 02, 2013 — City News Toronto, The Inside Report

sarrr-jul2Sarah Robertson is a 23-year-old from Toronto who suffers from trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder which causes her to pull out her hair. She revealed her secret to CityNews reporter Avery Haines after keeping it hidden for most of her life out of shame. (Click Here to Watch)

May 20, 2013 — The Toronto Star, Skin picking classified as distinct disorder

angelahartlinthestar-may20Disease, previously seen as an offshoot of OCD, one of the changes in the just revised psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (Click Here)

May 17, 2013 — Huffington Post Live, Life With Trichotillomania

may17-huffpostBetween 2% and 5% of Americans suffer from trichotillomania, a compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair. It can lead to noticeable hair loss and social anxiety. What’s it like to live with this frustrating disease? (Click Here To Watch)

April 27, 2013 — The Pocono Record, Hope for sufferer of mysterious ailment

poconorecord“My medical condition developed when I was 13, about the same age that it usually develops in most adolescents,” Robertson said. “It’s a condition that has no cure and, although it may stop at times, it often comes back in waves.” (Click Here)