Tag Archive | mental health in the arts

Men-tal’-i-ty call for submissions

Magazine Showcases Creative Works of People with Mental Illness [back to top]
men-tal’-i-ty, a full-colour quarterly publication showcasing the artistic works of individuals withy mental illness, is going national. Over the past year, men-tal’-i-ty, produced by the Missing Lint co-op, published its first five issues. As part of their efforts to go national, the Missing Lint co-op is selling subscriptions and advertisements for men-tal’-i-ty, and putting out a call for submissions. Subscriptions are $20 + gst for individuals. For more information, or to subscribe, visit www.mentalitymagazine.ca.

NISA announces eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest

Enter the storm and speak your mind
NISA’s eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010
SUDBURY, ONTARIO (Nov. 23, 2009) — The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA), a Sudbury-based, non-profit agency that works with consumers and survivors of mental health services, is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest. This contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.
“The annual BrainStorm contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers,” says Mary Katherine Keown, the interim editor and publisher of Open Minds Quarterly, NISA’s literary magazine. “This year, we’re hoping to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions.”       
Subject matter is entirely open and needn’t focus on one’s struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm poetry contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.
About NISA:
Northern Initiative for Social Action is a member-driven occupational initiative that provides a variety of opportunities for participation. Programs include the Artists’ Loft; the Northern Computer Recycling Depot (NCRD), which refurbishes gently used computers for resale; the Dandelion Café, which provides on-the-job customer service training; the Warm Hearts/Warm Bodies quilting program, which donates quilts annually to a Sudbury-based shelter for at-risk and homeless youth; and the Writers’ Circle, which publishes Open Minds Quarterly and conducts creative and professional workshops with aspiring writers interested in polishing their work.
The BrainStorm poetry contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010. It is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Full details and entry forms are available from NISA’s website. For more information, please go to www.nisa.on.ca. Inquiries may be directed to Mary Katherine Keown or Dinah Laprairie at openminds@nisa.on.ca or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.
Mary Katherine Keown (interim editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Dinah Laprairie (editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Phone: +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286

‘Frames of Mind’ November 18 Screening

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – 7:30pm
Canada 2008. Director: Philippe Falardeau Cast: Antoine L’Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière, Catherine Faucher, Gabriel Maillé

Directed by Philippe Falardeau, one of Canada’s funniest and most astute young filmmakers, this fresh, fast-paced seriocomic gem is set in the summer of 1968 in suburban Montreal, where 10-year-old hellion Léon (newcomer Antoine L’Écuyer) embarks on a spree of destructive and self-destructive behaviour as his parents’ marriage crumbles. “Léon’s favourite hobbies include failed suicide attempts, vandalism, theft, running away and breaking and entering. The cause of Léon’s behaviour is fairly obvious. His parents are a truly horrific match, prone to ear-splitting domestic squabbles that begin with smashed plates and conclude with paintings being ripped apart. As their relationship deteriorates, Léon’s actions grow increasingly outrageous and self-destructive (a ‘visit’ to a vacationing neighbour’s house is particularly memorable), and the situation is only exacerbated by his father’s remoteness and his mother’s liberal, conspiratorial approach to child-rearing . . . A touching and amusing meditation on changing mores and family structures” (Toronto I.F.F.) Falardeau’s film offers a highly pleasing mix of humour and pathos, and impresses with its stylish period re-creation, fine performances, and assured, energetic direction. Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 105 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Myles Blank, an infant psychiatrist who works at BC Children’s Hospital and with a community mental-health team. He also has a private psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, seeing both children and adult patients. Dr. Blank utilizes poetry, music and film in his teaching, especially with regard to post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment issues.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

“Director Philippe Falardeau explores detention-worthy existentialism.”
Eye Weekly
| full review
“The film elicits a wonderful mix of emotions …. a poetic tale of an outrageous artist-as-a-young-boy.”
Macleans | full review
View trailer

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

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Mary Ellen Copeland and Susan J. Katz at the Voice Awards!

Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from SAMHSA

2009 Voice Awards Logo
Press Release from SAMHSA:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will present Mary Ellen Copeland the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Voice Awards for her work and leadership in the mental health recovery movement. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, and will bring together representatives from the entertainment industry and the mental health community.
The Voice Awards celebrates the achievements of mental health leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health problems and the real possibility of recovery. Also, the event honors writers and producers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into film and television productions. This year, the event will celebrate nominees that include The Soloist, Michael Clayton, Lars and the Real Girl, “90210,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Copeland is one of seven mental health leaders and advocates to be honored at the 2009 Voice Awards who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Through their leadership and advocacy, they demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with mental health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the Nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health service delivery systems. The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illnesses.

Susan J. Katz, Vancouver free-lance writer and CIF Project Manager for the ‘Write From The Heart’ Program, was also nominated for the Voice Awards, and will be attending the ceremony.

The Art Studios Annual Winter Sale Thursday November 26th 12-8 pm

The members and staff of The Art Studios invite you to our next
Annual Winter sale on Thursday November 26th from 12-8pm.
We have a great Silent Auction and wonderful original artworks
in various media that can fit every budget.
We look forward to seeing you.
Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

Fwd: Arts, Crafts and Cultural Group



* Do you have a Mental Health issue?
* Are you unable to have a stimulating Social,
 Recreational & Cultural “Happenings” in your Life?
* Would you like to make New Friends, and go New


If Intrested: call the Network Office at (604) 733-5570

Fwd: Minds on the Edge – PBS, October


MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness zeros in on wrenching situations playing out every day in hospital ERs, on city streets and school campuses, in courtrooms and in jails, as Americans struggle with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The dramatic scenario of this Fred Friendly Seminars program reveals personal dilemmas facing individuals and families, medical practices that can be obstacles to treatment, and public polices that are falling short.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, the program features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, Pulitzer-nominated journalist Pete Earley, and other panelists from law, medicine, and public policy ­ including several who have personally faced the challenges of mental illness and offer their riveting insights.
Visit the Minds on the Edge<http://www.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT04NTU5ODQmcD0xJnU9ODI5NzI1MTAmbGk9MzQ3MTIxOQ/index.html> Web site<http://www.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT04NTU5ODQmcD0xJnU9ODI5NzI1MTAmbGk9MzQ3MTIxOQ/index.html> for TV schedule information
and multimedia content on serious mental illness.

If you miss the program on-air, you can watch online after 10/1.

Fwd: ‘Frames of Mind’ October 21: Young Freud in Gaza

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

Young Freud in Gaza

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – 7:30pm
Sweden, 2008. Directors: PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Young Freud in Gaza profiles Ayed, a young psychotherapist working in the Palestinian Authority’s Clinic for Mental Health. He provides therapy to a variety of patients — male and female, adults and children — for depression, stress, anxiety attacks and suicidal tendencies. Filmed from 2006 to 2008, against a backdrop of armed clashes between Hamas and Fatah factions, Israeli missile attacks, and the constant overhead presence of a surveillance dirigible, the documentary shows Ayed training young wives and mothers in deep-breathing exercises to calm anxiety, counselling maimed Hamas and Fatah militants in meditation techniques, and leading children in group therapy sessions in which they discuss their reaction to the death of siblings and draw pictures to cope with their emotions. The film also captures Ayed at home, relating to his parents and other family members and friends, in the process revealing that this young mental-health doctor is struggling with personal issues of his own, including serious doubts about his ability to help his patients. As Ayed acknowledges, ‘Gaza needs a million psychologists'” (adapted from Icarus Films). “Arresting…a fair-minded, intimately probing documentary…There’s no question that the very definition of psychotherapy means something different under occupation” (Ella Taylor, Village Voice). Colour, Digibeta video, 58 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Rene Weideman.
Dr. Weideman is a registered psychologist with interests in psychotherapy training and individual and group psychotherapy.  He is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Centre in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and the Associate Director (Faculty Affairs) of the Psychotherapy Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.  He also has a part-time private practice.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

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Fwd: Actors’ drop-in group

Dear Members,
Below is a message from Cassandra Freeman of the Actors’ Drop-In.
Survivors of the psychiatric system are often told who they are, how to behave and what their maximum potential is. The ACTOR’S DROP IN on Tuesday nights is a way to bust out of that box alongside novices and pros. Care to play the Queen? Do a Monty Python scene? Perhaps Luke Skywalker would be a great escape (even if it’s just for 2-5 minutes). Note that you will be performing in front of a small audience and some scenes contain suggestive language. Fee: $5. Every other session facilitated by Network members Cassandra Freeman and Irwin Levin. You will be on stage with actors and beginners in a supportive atmosphere. Come down and watch the first time if you like. Downtown location. More info: 604-872-4638 and leave a message.

Ron Carten
West Coast Mental Health Network
ph. 604-733-5570