What Is Mindfest?

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem. Mental health stigma remains a real issue barrier. It is time that we all do our part to change this.


Mindfest is an all-day informative, inspirational, inclusive community-building mental health and wellness fair that takes place on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week.We aim to increase awareness of mental health and illness as well as provide resources and services for people with lived experiences, families, advocates, and our communities.

Launched in 2013, Mindfest began as a unique initiative spearheaded
by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto with the
following aspirational goals:
• Promote awareness, dialogue, and understanding about mental
health and mental illness;
• Decrease stigma related to mental illness;
• Share advances in the mental health field;
• Increase awareness of available resources and services at the
campus and in the community
Every year, we attract and engage over 500 attendees from universities,
high school, professionals, and the general public to this multi-faceted
event. It is community fair, and so much more, as attendees are able
to pick and choose from many different formats to learn more about
mental health and mental illness; hear first-hand accounts from people