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.
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.
Resource: Treating symptoms of depression in people with dementia: Are non-drug strategies a promising option? (McMaster University)
Art therapy and reminiscing effective treatments for elderly with depressive disorders.
Resource: Arts and Health Promotion: Tools and Bridges for Practice, Research, and Social Transformation (Springer)
Synthesizes theory on health promotion and applied arts for a wide range of scholars, practitioners, and educators.
Resource: Ontario Expanding Mental Health and Addictions Supports for Children and Youth in Northwestern Ontario (Ontario News Room)
The Ontario government is providing more than $1 million in additional annual funding specifically targeted at improving access to core and specialized mental health and addictions services for children and youth in Northwestern Ontario.
The Ontario government is investing $8.4 million over three years in a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crisis Call Diversion Program. This program will help police offer the most appropriate response to calls from individuals experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis.
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.
Resource: Let’s get visual! The “art” of improving cognitive ability and mental well-being (McMaster University)
Dementia and mental well-being: art based therapy. Globally by 2050, estimated 150 million people with dementia.
Resource: The Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community: 2020 Highlights and Results (The Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community)
“The Importance of Being Connected” program was found to increase awareness of the negative effects of social isolation and promote intentional and persistent reaching out to other community members in relational, emotional and practical support.
A research group involving the universities of Windsor, McMaster, Western, Toronto, Carelton, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute were involved in program evaluation. A series of academic papers and presentations are in development based on this research.