• breaking the stereotype of mental illness




    Th­­e Mount Pleasant Project is a Vancouver community initiative working to destigmatize mental illness. Over 7 million Canadians (21%) suffer from some form of mental illness, but few talk about it for fear of being labelled or judged because of their disorder. Our goal is to provide those affected by mental illness with a space to express and share their experiences.


    Our ask is for you to create artwork that is inspired by what mental illness means to you. Whether based on personal experience or shared knowledge, your art will become a platform that gives mental illness a voice - breaking the stereotype.



    The Mount Pleasant Project is Funded by the Vancouver Foundation through Neighbourhood Small Grants. We would like to thank the Vancouver Foundation and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House for all the support.




    Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians through family, friends, or colleagues.

    1 in 5 Canadians

    will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime

    Canadians under 20 years of age

    have the highest rate of depression symptoms

    Only 20% of Canadian children

    who need mental health services recieve them

    400 million people

    are affected by depression alone worldwide

    ----- Let's come together and break the stereotype of mental illness to create a brighter future for everyone suffering -----


    1. Create artwork of any medium (poetry, painting, music, photography, etc.) and send it to themountpleasantproject@gmail.com by November 10, 2015.


    2. Join our workshops where there will be supplies to work with and a space for collaboration with fellow artists.


    3. Attend our community showcase event at 6:00pm on November 18, 2015 to celebrate everyone's work, and openly discuss mental illness.


    The Mount Pleasant Project will provide supplies for people to complete their projects. You can email us beforehand to request materials you need.


  • Remember the Dates

    October 24th and November 7th

    Workshops 11:00am - 2:00pm

    We will be holding two workshops on these days at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 E Broadway). During this time anyone can come drop in to use art supplies for their project and collaborate with other community members.

    November 18th

    Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm

    At the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House we will be showcasing and celebrating everyones work. We will be providing food and beverages. Bring your friends and family and let's destigmatize mental illness.


    RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-mount-pleasant-project-gala-tickets-19498271856


    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.