Expression Matters


TORONTO, June 15, 2016 – Please join us in the promotion of our submission contest for our second issue on Arts & Ideas and how it intersects with mental health. We will be looking into how art can be used as a form of therapy, how the media represents mental health, and how culture affects the representation of mental health.


We are calling for artists across Canadian post-secondary institutions to submit their work in the following categories:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction: 10 pages or up to 3000 words
  • Poetry: up to 50 lines
  • Still art (photography, graphic art, comics)
  • Moving art (film, animation): maximum of 5 minutes


A panel of interdisciplinary judges from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) community will adjudicate submissions. Among those is Dr. Andrea Charise, an Assistant Professor in UTSC’s Health Studies department, who notes that “the arts show us that health and illness are more than just physiological phenomena; whether we are talking about the body or the brain, ideas, images, and stories are powerful shapers of how we experience health and illness both individually and as a society.”


She encourages artists with an interest in mental health to submit their work as “the arts are especially good for representing the diversity of individual experiences of mental health, illness, and care.” For more information please visit our website.


WHAT: Arts & Ideas Issue Submission Contest,

WHO: Canadian post-secondary students

WHEN: June 10th – July 15th, 2016


About Minds Matter Magazine

Minds Matter Magazine is a unique, student-run initiative aimed at humanizing perceptions towards mental health. Designed by students at the University of Toronto Scarborough as an online hub of information, the magazine also explores proactive approaches to helping students, friends and family of students cope with an increasingly fast-paced, stressful world.

Press Contact

Fareha Nishat

Communications Coordinator, Minds Matter Magazine


TEL: 416-540-7750

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