Shocks & Surgery: The Case of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital
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About the Event
Based on the widely successful 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 2020 Netflix series Ratched has recently brought the “horrors” of mid-twentieth century mental health institutionalization back into the public’s awareness. Shock therapy, lobotomies, and confinement are among the most commonly portrayed mental health treatments in popular media - and yet they are also the most misunderstood.
Join Drs. Brianne M. Collins and Jennifer L. Bazar as they contrast these popular portrayals with the experiences at the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital - an institution which led the adoption of shock therapies and psychosurgery when they first arrived in Ontario.
Event hosted by the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre as part of Humber College’s Mental Health Month. During the month of October, follow #TheStoryUnfolds on social media for more about the history of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital.
About our Speakers
Dr. Brianne M. Collins was the inaugural Researcher-in-Residence at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre in 2020 and is an assistant professor of psychology at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba. She specializes in the history of psychology and psychiatry, and has spent the past decade exploring the history of psychosurgery in Canada and internationally.
Dr. Jennifer L. Bazar is the Curator of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre at Humber College. Her main area of research is the history of mental health institutionalization where her primary interests are in the lived experiences of patients and staff during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Meet The Artists
Lisa's lifelong love for art led her to study art fundamentals at Seneca College, where she learned that she had a specific interest in fine arts. Lisa then went to the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD U) to study Drawing and Painting. At OCAD U, Lisa focused on developing her artistic ability in figure painting and portraiture, and Lisa has since had her artwork displayed in galleries both in downtown Toronto and in Florence, Italy. Lisa is currently completing a masters equivalent art therapist program at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Studying to become an art therapist has allowed her to combine her passion for art and pursue her interest in psychology. Lisa’s learned person-centered approach that she brings to each art class allows her to focus on each students’ strengths and promote growth, all while creating a safe and encouraging workspace.
Igho Diana is a writer, spoken word poet, arts educator, and wellness consultant. In her twenty-plus years of lived experiences she has come to believe that being Black and Woman is a life-long lesson on resilience and grace. Thus, she dedicates her time documenting and sharing stories as testimony, through her writing, workshops, performances, and other speaking engagements. Her chief aim is to equip people (particularly Black, Indigenous, & Latino communities) with everyday strategies to prioritize their wellness.
Carolynne Crawley, founder of Msit No’kmaq is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous led community work connected to Indigenous foodways. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us. From Indigenous perspectives across the Earth, they are all our relations to be treated with as much love, respect, and reciprocity as we do with our human loved ones. Carolynne leads workshops that support the development and strengthening of healthy and reciprocal relationships based upon Indigenous knowledge that decolonize existing interactions with the land and with each other.
Carolynne is also a certified Forest Therapy Guide, a Blanket Exercise Facilitator, a Holistic Nutritionist, Storyteller, a Co-Producer of the documentary Reckoning with the Wendigo, and a member of the Tkaronto Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. Carolynne can be found speaking at events that center around social, food, and environmental justice.
Emkay Adjei-Manu multidisciplinary artist and community arts-facilitator based out of the GTA. Their practice is grounded within the mediums of writing, documentary/analog photography, and collage. But at the moment, Emkay utilizes collage and experimental prose to deeply and critically explore themes of embodiment, memory, sensuality and spirit. Emkay is drawn to the practice of collage by its expansiveness and its ability to intricately examine ruminations they have of their own life experiences. Beyond the tactility of traditional cut and paste collage, Emkay’s work also functions as an individual and collective breathing practice. In their practice, Emkay seeks to explore and understand the known and unknown stories that we carry in our bodies. Their art has been showcased in galleries such as Nia Centre for the Arts, and McMaster Museum of Art, and published in print magazines such as PITCH magazine. Emkay is completing their Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University, and has also worked in arts-based research and workshop facilitation with various non-profit organizations. In their spare time, Emkay enjoys daydreaming as a tool for remembering and imagining past and future life.