About the Conference

A4MH - Arts for Mental Health
Act 1: Examining the Benefits - 1:15 EDT. Jennifer Buchanan, Dr. Colin Saldanha. 
Act 2: The Physiology of Creativity - 2:10 EDT. Susan Ksiezopolski interviews Dr. Chanth Seyone & Christine Long. Breakout Rooms. 
Act 3: Living Case Studies - from the field - 3:40 EDT. Melissa Tafler, Sonia Hsiung, Kelly Straughan.

The time to deliver for mental health is now…

The Mississauga Arts Council in partnership with Mass Culture will present the virtual Arts for Mental Health Conference on October 6, 2021. This conference will bring together health care practitioners and creative sector leaders to explore the rationale for, design and implementation of a pilot program that will deliver and expand arts programs to people living with mental health issues in Mississauga.

Our Vision is of a healthy Province, in which effective arts programs and creative experiences are fully integrated into healthcare treatment practices.

Our Mission is to develop a pilot program for efficiently delivering creative experiences to people with moderate mental health problems 

Our Goal is to develop a practical, scalable blueprint for an arts for mental health program in Peel Region  

Our Strategy is to produce an educational Conference for examining the success and capacity of arts programs to provide effective relief to residents suffering anxiety and depression 

The A4MH Virtual Conference guiding principle is the presentation of a business case that examines the cost and benefits of providing Creative Experiences as mental health solutions for residents from moderate anxiety and depression.

Act 1

Examining the Benefits: Bringing together the arts and health sector perspectives

Keynotes: This section will see keynote speakers share their lived experiences, communicating the role the arts can play in mental health.

Act 2

The Physiology of Creativity: To demonstrate and explore the impact the arts have on mental health.

Panel: from the perspective of a medical practitioner as well as someone who has benefitted from such practice.

Breakout Rooms: To get our minds moving and active, we will explore topics touching on possible paths forward, determined by participants’ interests.

Act 3

Living Case Studies: From the Field

Case Studies: What arts for mental health programs are currently available? How can creative experiences be added to current Link referral/prescription system? For one underserved neighbourhood, what would the pilot program integrating creative pathways to wellbeing look like?  Who could help, who could lead? Who are the decision-makers?

Who will be there?

Learn more about the Conference!

Want to learn more about the Arts for Mental Health Conference on October 6, 2021 or get involved? Get in touch with info@massculture.ca. Registration is now closed.