Toronto, Ontario – September 28, 2017 – Coinciding with Mental Illness Awareness Week, Humber College’s Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre will be premiering a series of short films documenting the history of mental health treatment in Canada.

Produced in partnership with the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health in Penetanguishene, Ontario, the series was funded by a Canada 150 grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  The films cover topics ranging from the creation of the asylum system to changes in mental health treatment to the ongoing challenges presented by the stigmatization of mental health.

“Some of the more marginalized voices get left out of Canada 150 celebrations,” explains Jennifer Bazar, curator at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. “This was an important partnership because part of our mandate is to recognize and highlight the history of our grounds, our built environment and our community.”

The east section of Humber’s Lakeshore Campus incorporates the buildings from the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, which Humber restored in the 1990s.

“One out of five people experience mental illness each year,” says Laura Ball, the knowledge transition and implementation coordinator at the Waypoint Centre. “We’re using history to tell people about where we are today and how we got there. By increasing awareness, we reduce stigma.”


Keys to Our Past: Mental Health Film Series Premiere


Humber Lakeshore Campus, G Building


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


7-9 pm (doors at 6:30)

For more information:

To arrange a drop in time, interview or for more information please contact Sara Laux at 416.675.6622 ext. 5778 or

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For more information:

Sara Laux
416.675.6622 ext. 5778