Visualizing Absence

Visualizing Absence remembers the Ojibway Anishinaabe people and patients at the Mimico Asylum/ Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, both groups who in past lived on the land now occupied by the Humber College Lakeshore Campus. The exhibit was produced by researcher and artist … Continue reading

Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Installation

The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Installation was a combination cemetery cleaning and art installation held on May 16, 2015.  The event was organized by Ed Janiszewski and Among Friends, a Lakeshore community mental health program. I was able to visit … Continue reading

Touched By Fire Seventh Annual Show and Sale

On November 26, Touched By Fire, held its seventh annual art show and sale at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.  The pieces displayed were chosen by jury and included drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works by 58 practising professionals, art students, and … Continue reading

Talking back to “Psychiatry’s Bible”

More on the Walrus coverage of mental health issues.  The current (May 2013) issue of Walrus includes an article by psychiatrist Dr. Kwame McKenzie on “Psychiatry’s Bible: What’s Wrong with the New DSM-V.” The original article can be found in the … Continue reading

Talking Back to “The New Normal”

The March 2013 Walrus magazine featured “The New Normal:  The Mainstreaming of Mental Health” an article describing current psychiatric care and research as embodied in the new buildings and grounds at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on Queen … Continue reading

Touched by Fire

I’m looking over the website for Touched By Fire, and am struck by the richness in the drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works posted by over 300 individuals. Some contributors post only one work while others have a series, … Continue reading

Emotional pain

In my last post, I mentioned Susan Schellenberg as having experienced mental illness, but I prefer to talk of “emotional pain.”  I use “emotional pain” to refer to psychological difficulties that Cause substantial distress. Interfere with ability to achieve important … Continue reading

Rendezvous With Madness: Kauwboy (Little Bird)

As the lights come up after Kauwboy (Little Bird), opening film for the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, the audience is so moved, it’s hard to talk. Little Bird is an internationally acclaimed Dutch film that tells of Jojo, a … Continue reading

Introduction

Bare Witness - Here We Are

Why does art have anything to do with mental illness? I have worked for years as a clinical psychologist in Toronto.  I was respectful, but not particularly interested in how art contributed to healing until artist Susan Schellenberg asked me … Continue reading