BU film event to help fight stigma of mental illness through dialogue and action

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This upcoming October, Brandon University will host “Movies for Mental Health,” a workshop conducted in partnership with BU Student Services and the North American organization Art With Impact. The event will take place on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. This two-hour workshop is one of many taking place on college and university campuses this academic year.

“Movies for Mental Health is a program that makes a difference through facilitating meaningful conversations about mental health and highlighting a path to supports and services,” said Marsha Harris, Personal Counsellor at Brandon University. “The program provides an alternate and effective model for destigmatizing sensitive topics associated with addiction and mental health in support of creating a flourishing campus community.”

Movies for Mental Health is a free workshop and pizza will be provided for attendees. The workshop consists of a facilitated discussion, viewing of three short films from the OLIVE Film Collection on the topic of mental health, and a community and campus resource panel connecting attendees with accessible mental health resources in the region. This event is open to students, staff, and faculty of the university as well as to community members.

This event has been generously sponsored by Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Healthy Brandon, and the Suicide Prevention Implementation Network of Brandon.

Quick Facts

  • 75% of all mental health concerns have their onset during childhood or adolescence. Half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24, yet only one in five young people get the mental health help they need.
  • Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.

Art With Impact is a charitable organization that promotes mental wellness by creating safe spaces for young people to learn and connect through film, reducing stigma and connecting students to accessible mental health resources. To learn more, please visit www.artwithimpact.org or follow along at @artwithimpact / #Movies4MentalHealth.


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