Cleveland State University presents: Movies for Mental Health (Online)

A virtual workshop featuring award-winning short films and a panel discussion with students and local mental health resources. All are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources:

Counseling Center @ Cleveland State University

NAMI Greater Cleveland

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:January 25, 2021
Time:7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States

Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
100% of attendees felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
100% said that the workshop helped them confront and address stigma related to mental illness
79% of those not already receiving support reported an increased likelihood to reach out for help
I can use what I learned today to help others that may need support or mental health resources. "
-Workshop Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Mind Matters
Staging Face
View Film Library


Emerson Douglas, LISW, owner of Authentic Pride Therapy Emerson Douglas (he/him), owner of Authentic Pride Therapy, LLC in Beachwood, OH, is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist whose mission is to help LGBTQ+ individuals find pride in the radical act of embracing their authentic selves. He is an openly queer transgender man who believes in the power of creating a space of solidarity in the therapy room to celebrate clients' resilience and help them navigate the ways their self-determination is limited or thwarted by the influences of systems of oppression and privilege.
Infinity Counseling We are a team of experienced clinicians who operate through a trauma-informed level of care to support individuals, couples and families in finding balance and relationship to themselves throughout their journey, wherever that may be.
Ben Zimmer, MA LMFT, Founder of Larchmere Center for Well-being Ben Zimmer is the founder of Larchmere Center for Well-being, an inclusive and affirming therapy practice serving individuals as they grow and heal.
Ishmael Brown, MA, LPC/ Owner & Principal Counselor at Emerge Counseling & Coaching Ishmael Brown is a licensed professional counselor who believes in an integrated and holistic approach to helping individuals grow, develop, and overcome mental barriers to success that take the form of mental health conditions, unhealthy thought patterns, stress, and anxiety. He has successfully worked with college students struggling to find direction and difficulty adjusting to the college experience, as well as, adults with a history of addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma--assisting them in overcoming the effects of those challenges and managing their recovery.
Dean Malec, Ph.D. of CEBT Ohio Dean Malec, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral fellow with CEBTOhio. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from Cleveland State University in August 2020. At the Master’s level, Dr. Malec had several years of intensive training in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral therapies while treating multi-diagnostic clients in settings ranging from residential programs to outpatient clinics. Dr. Malec treats children, adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and clients with difficulties with emotion regulation.
Patrick Santilli, LPCC. Owner of DigiTherapyOhio DigiTherapyOhio is an affordable telehealth private practice in the state of Ohio. They serve adults located in Ohio focusing on various issues: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, career, and life transitions.
Matt Lachman, Licensed Clinical Therapist Matt Lachman is a licensed clinical therapist in Cleveland, OH. As a sex-positive therapist, his focus is to nurture sex positivity and inclusivity in his clients.
Larissa Malcolm, Therapist, LISW-S During my career, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life: from helping families involved with public systems like Children’s Services and Juvenile Court; to assessing and treating inmates with substance use disorders and mental illness in the county jail; to counseling residents of long-term-care facilities as they adjust to loss of independence. Reach out to me today for a free consultation, let’s see if I am a good fit for your needs. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Me’Chele Frierson, LISW-S Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist I am a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio where I obtained my Bachelors of Social Work from Cleveland State University and earned a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve’s MSASS program. My clinical experience includes work with anxiety, depression, complex trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, infidelity and divorce, child sexual abuse and assault, work related stress, and life transitions.
Joyous D. William, LPC, ATR-BC she/her Joy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is especially skilled at using neurodevelopmental brain-based approaches to recovery, plus Art Therapy, and somatic mind-body experiential therapies to safely resolve symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain or health concerns. She guides clients with humor, a little dose of reality plus a whole lot of creativity. She is passionate about personal development and helping others realize the ability they already have within themselves to make it through difficult times, survive and then to thrive!