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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