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Annual Open Minds conference tackles student mental health through the lens of the arts

March 24, 2015

Conference includes performance by circus troupe Talk to Youth Lately

TORONTO, ONA unique conference that explores graduate student mental health issues through the lens of the arts is being held by Grad Minds on March 31, 2015 at Hart House and the Isabel Bader Theatre.

The theme for Open Minds 2015: The Intersection of Mental Health & Creativity is arts, creativity, and expressing mental states. The event includes a panel discussion with mental health and art professionals, an art installation, student forums for creative expression, and a spectacular cirque nouveau performance by the mental health social circus troupe Talk to Youth Lately.

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WHAT:          Open Minds 2015: The Intersection of Mental Health & Creativity – student mental health conference.

WHO:             Gustavo Aguirre, Photographer and Art Professional, Creative Works Studio

Dr. Allison Crawford, Professor and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, UofT

Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, Music Therapist at Baycrest and Assistant Professor at UofT Faculty of Music

Daniel Farb, Grad Student in Counselling Psychology at OISE; Poet and hip-hop emcee

Seema C., comedian and peer support worker at Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

WHEN:          March 31, 2015:

WHERE:         Panel Discussion: 5 pm – 9 pm, Hart House, 2nd Floor Debates Room, 7 Hart House Circle

Circus Performance: 9 pm – 11 pm, The Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Victoria College, UofT


For more information, contact:

Hamza Taufique
Co-organizer, media lead