Waypoint GETS LOUD with history and art for Mental Health Week (en anglais)
Waypoint GETS LOUD with history and art for Mental Health Week (en anglais)
Posted on 04/26/2016

May 2-8 marks the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 65th Annual Mental Health Week. It’s an opportunity to #GETLOUD, speak up and stop the discrimination and stigma that often goes hand in hand with mental illness. 

Dr. Jennifer Bazar
 Dr. Jennifer Bazar, curator of Waypoint's newly re-launched History Walk and guest lecturer at Mental Health Events 2016

This year, Waypoint is using its voice during Mental Health Week to celebrate the history of the hospital and share messages of hope with several events open to the public.

“Celebrating our history is an important focus for us this year during Mental Health Week,” said Carol Lambie, Waypoint president and CEO. “Capturing the history of the past ensures we remember the journey we have been on. The expertise of our staff and volunteers established the solid foundation Waypoint has in the province’s mental health and health care system.”

Throughout the week, the community is invited to visit the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives at 13 Burke St., Penetanguishene to view a special exhibit of Waypoint’s history featuring original artifacts and photographs from the hospital.

On Wednesday May 4th Dr. Jennifer Bazar, a post-doctoral fellow in the history of psychology and curator of Waypoint’s newly re-launched History Walk, will complement the special exhibit with a lecture at the museum highlighting the history and development of the hospital. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

The week concludes on Saturday May 7th with guided tours for the public of Waypoint’s History Walk at the hospital’s main campus at 500 Church St., Penetanguishene. Tours will operate on a drop-in basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the focus on history, Waypoint is also celebrating art with Message of Hope featuring a youth-driven art showcase. Everyone is welcome at the HERO Centre, 334 King St., Midland on Wednesday May 4th between 4 and 6 p.m. for your opportunity to #GETLOUD and create your own art. Refreshments will be provided.

Mental Health Week was first introduced by CMHA in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. Today, Mental Health Week offers practical ways to maintain and improve mental health, and support recovery from mental illness and addictions.

According to CMHA, mental health is an essential part of your overall health. Being aware of mental health is important and maintaining it is a lot like staying physically fit: it requires a little effort every day. Everyone has to face stresses and demands, but we all need and deserve a break sometimes. By devoting a little of each day to improving your mental health, you’ll reap the benefits in the same way that daily physical exercise makes you stronger and fitter.

Waypoint’s Mental Health Week Activities at a Glance:
* Waypoint history exhibit on display at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives all week.
   Admission is by donation.
* Waypoint Board Member John McCullough and Research Psychologist Anita Federici present at Rotary Club
   of Midland on May 4th.
* Message of Hope featuring youth-driven art showcase and opportunity to create your own art at the HERO
   Centre on Wednesday May 4th from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
* Carol Lambie, president and CEO presents at Township of Springwater Council meeting on May 4th. 
* Dr. Jennifer Bazar presents a public lecture about the 112 year history of the mental health centre in
   Penetanguishene on Wednesday May 4th at 7 p.m. at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and
   Archives. Admission is by donation.
* On Thursday May 5th, Waypoint staff and patients participate in Walk for Wellness around the hospital’s
   Penetanguishene campus.
* Guided public tours of Waypoint’s History Walk at Waypoint’s Penetanguisnhene campus on Saturday
   May 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free