Department of Psychiatry

Mindfest – October 4, 2017

Join us for the 5th annual MINDFEST – a mental health fair and festival celebrating all minds!

Stay tuned for 2017 event info!





Event Schedule | Workshop & Speaker Lineup | Exhibitors | Presentation Synopses


What is Mindfest?

Mindfest is an all-day informative, inspirational, inclusive community-building mental health and wellness fair that takes place on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week.We aim to increase awareness of mental health and illness as well as provide resources and services for people with lived experiences, families, advocates, and our communities.

Our objectives:

  • • Promote awareness, dialogue, and understanding about mental health and illness;
    • Decrease stigma related to mental illness;
    • Increase awareness of available community resources and services.


Mindfest 2016 Event Schedule:

9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Exhibits, talks and hands-on workshops @ Hart House.
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Mindfest Mindfulness Walk: Meet @ 7 Hart House Circle/University of Toronto
5:30 – 6:30 pm – Finale Celebration @ Ryerson/Gould Street
7:30 pm – Film Screening of Swift Current  @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W

Workshop & Speaker line-up

 – Full Workshop & Speaker Lineup here

This year’s keynote speakers include renowned author Camilla Gibb, Scarborough Hospital CEO Robert Biron and Emily Wright.

Andrew Goldstein
Mental Health First Aid — 12:30pm-1:30pm @ Committees Room — Andrew Goldstein, m.b.a, m.a. has Read More
Asante Haughton
Asante Haughton is passionate about positive social change, equality, and mental health. Asante has dedicated Read More
Bruce Ballon
Never Bet the Devil Your Head: Gambling, Mental Health and Magic — 11:30pm-12:30pm @ Music Read More
Camilla Gibb
“This is Happy” Reading and Q&A — 12:30pm-1:30pm @ Debates Room — Camilla Gibb is Read More
Chakameh Shafil
Gaming & Mental Health Hackathon — 10:30am-11:30am @ Committee’s Room Chakameh is the Co-founder and Read More
Charles Dalrymple-Fraser
Responsibility, accountability, and communication in mental health relations – 9:30-10:30 am @ East Common Room Read More
Corine Carlisle
Addiction Workshop — 10:30am-11:30am @ East Common Room — Dr. Corine Carlisle is a Child Read More
Emily Wright
Emily Wright is an early childhood educator, a passionate advocate, and a talented public speaker. Read More
Harrison Wheeler
Improv Workshop 12:00pm-12:30pm & 12:45pm-1:15pm & 1:30pm-2:00pm @ Bickerseth Room — Harrison sparks actions of Read More
Heather Johnson
Discover the Mental Health Champion in You — 10:30am-11:30am @ Music Room Heather is one Read More
Jesse Bigelow
Walking on the Train Tracks: Living with Schizophrenia and Recovery — 12:30pm-1:30pm @ East Common Read More
Joseph Schner, SJ, PhD, CPsych
Joe Schner is a Jesuit priest, registered psychologist and professor of psychology and religion at Read More
Julie Vi
Yoga Workshop — 10:30am-11:30am & 12:30pm-1:30pm @ South Dining Room After working for one of Read More
Kennes Lin
CHOICES Program — Life skills workshop and panel– 10:30am-11:30am @ Committees Room Kennes Lin identifies Read More
Kierston Drier
The Bathroom Stall Project — Small Actions That Make Big Changes– 1:30pm-2:30pm @ Committees Room Read More
Lesley Wiesenfeld
Depression and Aging: Mental Well-being Through Retirement and Beyond — 1:30pm-2:30pm @ Music Room Dr. Read More
Mandana Vahabi
Resurrection of Slavery in 21st Century: Mental Health of Living Care Givers — 9:30am-10:30am @ Read More
Mariela Libedinsky
Responsibility, accountability, and communication in mental health relations – 9:30-10:30 am @ East Common Room Read More
Marshall Kornblum
Understanding Psychology of Youth — 11:30am-12:30pm @ Debates Room Dr. Korenblum is Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Read More
Michael Stroh
Real Life Experience: Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery, Well-being. What does it mean & how does Read More
Patricia Marra-Stapleton
Discover the Mental Health Champion in You— 10:30am-11:30am @ Music Room – Patricia Marra-Stapleton is Read More
Rachel Cooper
Peer Programming/Youth Outreach Panel — 10:30am-11:30am @ Debates Room Rachel Cooper is the Peer Initiatives Read More
Rachel Wong
CHOICES Program — Life skills workshop and panel — 9:30am-10:30am @ Committees Room Rachel Wong Read More
Rachel Wong
CHOICES Program — Life skills workshop and panel — 9:30am-10:30am @ Committees Room Rachel Wong Read More
Rhonda Feldman
Caregivers’ Burden — Brain Health & Dementia — 3:30pm-4:30pm @ Music Room Rhonda Feldman is Read More
Robert Biron
Robert Biron has worked in the community hospital sector over 24 years in various capacities, Read More
Ron Keren
Brain Health & Dementia — 2:30pm-3:30pm @ Music Room – Dr. Keren was born and raised Read More
Saleem Haniff
Social Media & Mental Health & Well-Being — 11:30am-12:30pm @ Committee’s Room – Saleem was born, Read More
Shawn Pendenque
Shawn Pendenque is a charismatic advocate for the development of peer support work in social Read More
Suzanne Stewart
Mental Health of Canada and Indigenous Reconciliation: What is it and what does it mean? Read More
Taslim Alani
Taslim Alani has a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters Read More
Teresa Yeung
Qigong/Tai Chi Workshop — 9:30am-10:30am & 1:30pm-2:30pm @ South Dining Room – Teresa Yeung is Read More


Event Schedule

– Page can be found here



 – Page can be found here

Visit the Great Hall at Hart House throughout the day to visit our exhibitor booths.

Workshop and Presentations

– Descriptions can be found here

Become informed of the workshops & presentations at Mindfest 2016!

Swift Current Film

SWIFT CURRENT – Official Trailer from Marcel Herman Films on Vimeo.

Buy Swift Current Tickets by Clicking Here

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session and discussion and panel.


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