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

SOONER: Surviving Opioid Overdose With Naloxone Education And Resuscitation


The SOON-ER project aims to design an evidence-based Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) first aid toolkit, to be offered in a range of settings, that allows for ultra-brief training of overdose first aid for potential lay responders with nasal naloxone.

Overdose from opioids such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin are now responsible for over 100,000 deaths per year worldwide. Overdoses in Ontario result in more years of life lost than HIV, pneumonia, or influenza.

Expanding overdose first aid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) to a wider range of settings (such as family medicine, addiction clinics, and emergency departments) could increase the number of potential lay responders reached by OEND programs.

The SOON-ER project seeks to maximize the impact of OEND in emergency departments, family practices, inpatient settings, and opiod substitution clinics by creating a toolkit for overdose first aid by lay responders.

OCAD University led the design phase of the SOON-ER project, addressing the need for an integrated design approach to expanding lay response to overdose, addressing stigma, and creating a open design that can easily be shared and replicated.

The design process included extensive community and stakeholder engagement in iterative workshops over 9 months, engaging over 100 community member and clinicians. The result was the development of an ultra-brief first aid training animation and the creation of a toolkit with nasal naloxone for lay response to overdose, that can be manufactured locally. Key aspects of the design process addressed the context of overdose, stigma, and marginalisation. 

Currently the toolkit is being tested against existing training and access. The success of patient responses to opioid overdose situations will be evaluated and compared in simulated overdose situations.

Project results from SOON-ER are already being translated to provivncial and national intiatives on overdose.

For more information, please visit and

Photograph of Narcan nasal spray
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Lab Member: 
Kate Sellen

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