Grand River hospital along with community mental health association Spark of Brilliance and KCI School are hosting an art show this afternoon from 1 to 4pm. It’s at the Lang Tannery, and there’s no charge to get in. Anyone can attend.

The point of the show is to display the positive contributions of people living with a mental illness. One in four people will experience a mental illness through their lifetime, and fear and stigma can be a big issue for them. Encouraging people to talk about mental illness will also help encourage support and reduce isolation for individuals and families.

The show features art from young patients in our child and adolescent psychiatry programs as well as adults living with mental illness in the community. The works include tapestries, paintings and sculptures. Students from KCI will be displaying photographs that illustrate their own experiences with mental illness and recovery.