BELL Let's Talk Day at OCAD U: 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 11:30am

You're invited to join staff from OCAD U Campus Life and OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre and (participating) student-run groups for hot chocolate, tea and treats, freebies and self-care tips.
Connect with other students and join the conversation by sharing your ideas on how we can take better care of both ourselves and others, and help end the stigma of mental illness.

Annually on the last Wednesday in January, Bell supports mental health initiatives by donating 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter.
Visit the Bell Let's Talk website for complete details on how to participate and how funds raised are used (

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext. 275
Bell lets talk day OCAD U

Conquering Me

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 4:00pm

Conquering Me spotlights artworks and artists that deal with themes of anxiety and/or depression. Our aim is to foster a sense of community for those that face mental health issues and to highlight the importance of discussion in order to combat stigma. 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Remarks at 2 p.m.

Additional Events:

  • Wednesday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 
    Watercolour Workshop
  • Friday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
    You've got Mail Workshop
  • Tuesday, March 27, 1 to 4 p.m.:
    Build-a-Beast Workshop

This event is funded by the Student Union. 

Venue & Address: 
6th Floor, 230 Richmond Street West
Conquering Me Exhibition Poster

#BellLetsTalk Day: January 31

OCAD U’s Health & Wellness and Campus Life units, along with a number of student groups, will host Bell Let’s Talk Day in the lobby of 100 McCaul Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pop over and say hi, have some hot chocolate, tea and treats, enjoy some giveaways, get some self-care tips, and join the conversation to help end the stigma of mental illness. 


Bell Let's Talk Day

Bell Let's Talk Day at OCAD U
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

You're invited to join OCAD U Health & Wellness, Campus Life, and student groups for #BellLetsTalk Day on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of 100 McCaul St for hot chocolate, tea and treats, freebies and self-care tips. Mental health affects us all. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas for how we can take better care of both ourselves and others, and help end the stigma of mental illness.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will support mental health initiatives by donating 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter. For complete details on how to participate and how funds raised are used, visit the Bell Let's Talk website.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Lobby
416-977-6000 x1327

#BellLetsTalk Day

Dogged support for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th of each year in order to mobilize efforts that support mental health. One such effort is the use of therapy dogs in schools, which OCAD U has engaged to great effect. Here, illustration grad Lis Xu considers their beauty and benefits.



World Mental Health Day

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It’s Mental Health Week

INSTUDIO asked 2016 grad Chloe Evert to acknowledge Mental Health Week with a feature illustration. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.


Artwork by Chloe Evert for Mental Health Week 2017

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Movies for Mental Health

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm

We are working with Art With Impact ( and the OCAD U Health & Wellness Centre again this year to bring you Movies For Mental Health! 

Movies for Mental Health (M4MH) are 2-hour workshops on college and university campuses that focus on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health within their environment. Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, we harness film to engage with young people on the vital topic of mental health, inspiring and empowering them to tell their own stories and access resources available to them. (

We will be kicking off the event with an expo in the lobby at 100 McCaul that will feature on- and off-campus resources that support mental wellness for students. After that, dinner will be available in the Lambert Lounge along with film screenings and a panel discussion featuring members of the OCAD comunity. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Tori at

Venue & Address: 
Lobby & Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul
ext. 241
Movies for Mental Health poster

First Person Narrative: Depictions of Mental Health in the Movies

first person narrative: film & discussion of mental health in the movies
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul (MCC) rm 516

Imagination Catalyst Fund announces investments in TranQool and Wishpad

Photo of TranQool, Wishpad and the IC Fund Committee
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:15pm

Imagination Catalyst Fund directors John Albright and Jeannette Wiltse, both of Relay Ventures, celebrate with Michael Nurse, CEO of Wishpad, and Chakameh Shafii CEO, Saaed Zeinali VP Business Development, and Babak Shahabi VP Product, TranQool.

TranQool, a mental health platform, and Wishpad, a real estate media company, received investments of $40,000 each from the Imagination Catalyst Fund this month. Both companies will use these funds to gain traction with early users as they prepare for raising seed capital in 2017. 

“OCAD U is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets,” said Relay Ventures Founder and Managing Partner, John Albright when Relay Ventures $1million investment helped launch the Imagination Catalyst Fund in 2014. “We are excited to be tapping into the university’s design expertise through these investments.”

TranQool is an online platform designed to disrupt the mental health marketplace. The service matches users with the right therapists and facilitates secure video sessions from the comfort of home.

Wishpad is a big-data driven media platform that curates listings and other content for prospective real estate buyers based on their values, lifestyles and priorities.

Imagination Catalyst is OCAD University’s entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. The goal is to apply design thinking to make lives better, create richer cultural experiences and bring leading-edge innovations to market. The Imagination Catalyst Fund offers seed funding for early stage, pre-revenue technology companies and is exclusively for companies participating in the OCAD U business incubator.  

For more information about companies participating in the Imagination Catalyst incubator, please contact Katherine Roos, Executive Director.