Arts + Mental Health Datathon

September 7-9, 2021

Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture present a 3-day Datathon to share stories and collect research on the importance of the arts and arts programs for mental health.

Arts for Mental Health Conference

October 6, 2021

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Media Release: Mississauga Arts Council and Mass Culture partner to launch the first Arts for Mental Health Conference in Canada

Mississauga Arts Council and Mass Culture partner to launch the first Arts for Mental Health Conference in Canada.

Arts + Mental Health Datathon

Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture present a 3-day Datathon to share stories and collect research on the importance of the arts and arts programs for mental health.

About the Arts for Mental Health Conference

The Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture present our virtual Arts for Mental Health Conference on October 6, 2021. This timely conference will bring together artists, medical practitioners, and policy makers to demonstrate the impact and benefits the arts have on the mental well-being of individuals. Highlighting the successful research of programs in Britain, Australia, and Denmark, we aim to provide evidence-based research to conference attendees that would lead to a pilot arts for mental health program in the Peel region.

Arts for Mental Health Resources

Mississauga Arts Council looked into the remarkable economic contributions of the arts (Hill Strategies and others), we were inspired by the enormous popular support for the arts in Ontario, as evidenced in an Ipsos-Reid survey conducted for the Ontario government in 2017.

We turned to other countries, Denmark for its back to work enabling program using arts experiences and especially we made note of the Creative Inquiry Report to Britain’s Parliament in July 2017. The startling healthcare benefits cited, guided our approach to our Arts for Mental Health Conference.

Art of Wellness

A Documentary by Susan Ksiezopolski

Sponsored by Mississauga Arts Council and Bell

“In the midst of such despair in Peel Region during this pandemic, it is inspiring to witness and share with you this new short documentary, exploring local arts programs, that are standing by, ready right now to serve the people who need them most, when the quarantine is finally lifted,” says Susan Ksiezopolski, producer of Art of Wellness – Creative Path to Mental Health.

This Art of Wellness documentary spotlights the important role of the arts and the positive impact that participating in arts-based programming has on our well-being, supporting people with high stress, anxiety, and depression Facing grief at the loss of your loved one, or managing your way through life’s challenges and traumas, can be greatly helped by expressing yourself through the arts. Featured in the Art of Wellness short documentary, are a few organizations that offer arts-based programs supporting mental wellness.

Arts for Health News

Federal election a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the mental health system, says CMHA

The Canadian Mental Health Association calls on federal parties to ensure mental health care is a top priority in the upcoming election campaign.

Rewiring our brains to understand how art promotes mental health

Christine Long’s use of visual art to develop new pathways in her brain and her 17 year journey of recovering her physical and mental health.

Ontario Brain Institute: How dancing can boost cognitive health

TVO.org speaks with Sarah Robichaud of Dancing With Parkinson’s about how physical exercise can help the body — and the brain

Want to know more?

Contact us to learn more about the conference and how you can get involved. This is the start of a movement to bring the arts and health sectors together, and we look forward to your participation.