Some people battling certain mental illnesses have been told: "Don't be scared - It's not real". That's the case with Screamfield; our annual, volunteer-run, stigma-smashing Halloween haunt held in Springfield, Ontario! But interesting what people will put themselves through when they know it's all in fun!
Screamfield starts inside Malahide Community Place and then ventures outdoors along the ground's path and woods. So hold on to your organs and join us as we #GETBRAVE about mental illness all while celebrating mental health!
"Spooky Larry" is always looking for new spooks from all walks of the "undead" to join in and help create this exciting event! Pre-production starts in August and Screamfield runs the last week in October. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of this growing attraction!
In addition, on the final night of Screamfield, Out There & Music Central present a Family Costume Dance Party (7-9pm) and then a licensed Adult Costume Dance Party (9pm-1am)!
A portion of the proceeds raised from Screamfield & the dances go to local mental health organizations including The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) & The Psychosis Survivors Network of St Thomas.
WARNING: Spooky Larry's mom should have named him "Scary Larry." It would have had a better ring to it. And "Scary" could also be used to describe this event. But #GETBRAVE and admit yourself to Screamfield!
- Different every year!
Out There is a proud partner with professional comedian & counsellor David Granirer's Stand Up For Mental Health program. "SMH" teaches anyone affected by mental illness how to write and perform stand up comedy. Then we facilitate a tour, where participants perform real stand up comedy shows, break down stigma and bust some guts!
SMH has become worldwide! More information about David's program can be found at www.standupformentalhealth.com. This program is being offered by Out There Creative Therapy starting in January of 2017 at no cost to it's participants. Contact us for more information.
If you find the best way to cope with your mental illness is to create visual art, Out There wants to help get your art showcased or even sold! Out There Creative Therapy holds visual art shows and auctions and seeks out galleries to display mental health related art. We also hold sessions where artists can get together and create in different formats.
Hip Hop music has always been a strong force/voice and intensly "felt" by so many people. At Out There, we don't shy away from using Hip Hop music in a positive and healthy way to become a voice for anyone who wants to use it. Out There provides vocal, writing and beat making sessions for free. We also have jam sessions where anyone is free to get on the mic or the 1 & 2s and create beats using an MPC Beat Machine. People are encouraged to make their own beats, write their own rhymes and collaborate with others. Sessions are lead by rapper/producer Kellen De Vos and professional rapper/producer Malichi Male.
Out There Creative Therapy is committed to providing healthy, safe but super fun events for youth. Our dances promote having fun and celebrating without the use of substances. We hire a professional DJ and hold dances, encouraging students to bust a move!
WARNING:Even though it's 2016, we still are always sure to drop a couple of slow dance tracks. So ask her to dance!
Out There is working with Canadian Film Day and a new film committee to offer the film festival "Reel Fest" starting in 2016! Out There has decided to host an annual screening of films that are about but not limited to topics surrounding Mental Health. Out There is also working to create original entries for "Reel Fest".
We are currently looking for people to get involved in the production of these films, from conception to post-production.
We are currently looking for young Drama Kings and Queens who have been affected by mental illness to act in, work tech, manage and promote "Checking Out", a murder mystery about five high school students in the 1990's locked in a library over night. Proceeds from this show will go towards mental health organizations. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact us. Production will be starting in the near future.