What my BFRB has taught me

For about 10 years, Jason has had dermatillomania, a Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRB) where he scratches my own skin obsessively. The scratching created visible cuts that caused low self-esteem through shame and isolation, and made everyday activities like washing dishes and opening door knobs painful. Jason has been forced to explore the strong connection between the mind and the body, and how stress and trauma is stored in the body. Other BFRBs include hair pulling and nail biting. Having learned to better manage his BFRB, Jason is dedicated to bringing awareness to them, and the importance of self care and mental health. 


The workshop will be a series of virtual activities for participants to learn and practice ways of supporting those who experience BFRBs. The workshop will contain a brief history and overview, along with Jason’s personal struggle with it, to bring awareness and understanding. There will be a few techniques for starting conversations about BFRBs in a friendly and approachable way, as well as some of the practical skills and tools Jason employed to map out stress, and manage his own mental health. These skills place an emphasis on minimalism, with small simple steps that can be done at no cost, by anyone, at any age level. Because of his own struggles, Jason is dedicated to bringing awareness to BFRBs to minimize the amount of shame and isolation others may feel, especially among school aged children.

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  • Jason Yu


    Jason Yu is a mental health advocate by way of civil engineering. He has over 10 years of experience delivering workshops about a wide variety of topics from systems thinking, to mindfulness meditation to asset management with organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, Toastmasters, and EUCI. He previously worked 5 years in public utilities, implementing and facilitating a Project Management Office before deciding to leave and work with mental health full-time. He has also been an independent podcast host for the past 3 years.