Dawson College 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:

Student Services, Dawson College

Herzl Teenage Health Unit

AMI Quebec

Featured National/Provincial Resources:

Crisis Services Canada

Kids Help Phone (all ages)

Wellness Together Canada

Black Youth Helpline

Trans Lifeline

Resource Locator


Date:February 25, 2021
Time:5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Dawson College
3040 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1A4 Canada


Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
97% of attendees felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
93% said that the workshop helped them confront and address stigma related to mental illness
97% of those not already receiving support reported an increased likelihood to reach out for help
I’m definitely feeling a little more connected with myself and my mental health. I feel more inclined to get myself some professional help to deal with my chronic depression. I’d like to further my mental wellness! "
-Workshop Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

View Film Library


Allison Cordner, RTC , Thérapeute en Relations-D’aide, Registered Therapeutic Counsellor of Speakeasy Counselling I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor that is trained to work with individuals and groups. I excel at helping you expand your emotional tolerance, reactions & communication skills. Too many of us suffer in silence with anxiety, low self-esteem, unprocessed trauma and anger. You are not alone and I am here to encourage you to let those experiences be felt in a safe & non judgmental environment. I call myself Speakeasy Counselling because I know how hard it can be for most people to do therapy and my goal is to make it engaging, insightful and rewarding. To be vulnerable means not having our deepest feelings and secrets shot down.
Tanya Rust M.A., CCC, RP (Qualifying) Tanya Rust is a Canadian Certified Counsellor based out of Montreal, seeing clients from across the country. She has spoken at conferences in Eastern Canada about self-esteem, self-harm, anxiety, chronic illness and grief. She offers safety and comfortability to explore areas of life that are sometimes challenging to talk about. Counselling takes "guts" and is a brave act that can provide the tools for greater self-awareness and compassion to a person's inner world.
Emmanuella Michel, Ph.D. Candidate and Founder of COGNI COGNI is an XR platform that is leveraging Web and immersive technology (like VR/AR) to improve individuals' mental health and capacity building. Founded by Emmanuella Michel, Ph.D. Candidate and Mental Health Professional with Co-founder Marco Carvalho, a CINEQUEST Film and VR festival winner and app developer.
Janice Tester, Psychologist Janice Tester is in private practice on telehealth. Her approach is integrative and it encompasses EMDR (involves a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way- for more information please visit here) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Emotional Focused Therapy. Typical clients that consult with Janice suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, have experienced losses, and/or have relationship issues. She loves what she does because she feels privileged to witness people's resilience and strengths, witnessing the capacity to heal from the past to live a fulfilling life.