Calendar and Flyers

Hello friends,

Spark of Brilliance calendars and flyers can now be found on our main website at under the “Program and Events” tab. To be added to our mailing list to receive a monthly calendar directly to your inbox, visit the site and click on the “Contact” Tab.

Thank you,

Spark of Brilliance




Speak Up

Tell us about mental health-related barriers to physical activity

Take the Enabling Minds survey at

Your responses to the Enabling Minds survey will help us understand the issues that create barriers and prevent access to physical activity programs and services at community centres, private fitness clubs, health care providers, public parks, schools, sports clubs, and other organizations.

We want to hear from:

  • Individuals with lived experience of mental illness
  • Caregivers, friends and family members of people experiencing mental health issues.
  • Individuals and organizations that provide sport, fitness or recreation services in Ontario (including employers and managers, fitness instructors, occupational therapists, frontline staff, membership coordinators, and marketing and communications staff)
  • Volunteers in the sport, fitness and recreation sector
  • Consumer/survivor initiatives and self-help groups
  • Peer supporters
  • Mental health service providers
  • Researchers with an interest in physical activity and mental health
  • Community organizations providing supports or services for people with mental health-related disabilities
  • Anyone who can help us understand barriers and identify solutions

The survey will take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. You may pause at any time, save your answers, and return later to finish the survey. Responses are completely anonymous.

If you have any questions about the survey or require assistance in completing it, please contact:

Mary Catherine Mehak Enabling Minds Project Coordinator

Stand Up for Mental Health on Australian TV

Congratulations to our amazing Stand Up for Mental Health comedy coach, David Granirer, for being featured on the Australian television show, “Dateline”. Please see his message below!


Hi Folks,

The Australian show Dateline recently sent internationally acclaimed video journalist David Brill to do a piece on SMH where he came to Vancouver and then followed me to Albuquerque and Portland where I was doing shows with groups I’d trained there.
It’s an awesome piece and really does a lot to destigmatize mental illness.
Finally, a good news story about what it means to have a diagnosis!
Check it out! Go to the link below and clink on the button that says “Watch” that’s below the picture of me and slightly to the left.
Plus I just finished training and performing with an SMH group in Tacoma in partnership with the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals With Disabilities and we just rec’d front page media coverage in the Tacoma News Tribune, Bellingham Herald,  and Real Change newspaper.
Take care, hope you’re all well!

David Granirer, Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health

3633 Triumph Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 1V4

(604) 205-9242  fax: (604) 205-9243

Author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and Success

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Got “Junk”? Why not donate?

What might be “junk” to you, has the potential of becoming amazing pieces of artwork!

Spark of Brilliance is looking for supplies that can be used in Art and Craft workshops!

The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas of things, that instead of sitting in your junk drawer or closet, could be used more creatively:

  • ribbon and trim
  • beads and buttons and other embellishments
  • stickers
  • knitting, crochet and embroidery supplies
  • Tools: scissors, glue sticks glue guns
  • fabric – scraps are great, too!
  • paper materials – magazines, old books, music sheets, postcards, old photos, wrapping paper, tissue paper…

If you are interested in donating supplies to Spark of Brilliance, please email Marcey at or call 519-763-4014 ext. 207.

Spark of Brilliance is Looking for Creative Volunteers!


Spark of Brilliance is a non-profit organization that promotes healing and recovery through the expressive arts for people living with mental health issues and their support allies.

We provide arts-based workshops at no charge for our participants.

We are looking for individuals who would like to share their artistic and creative talents with others!

  • painting
  • theatre
  • knitting
  • crocheting
  • embroidery
  • mixed media
  • drawing
  • doll-making
  • ceramics and pottery
  • papier-mache
  • creative writing
  • woodworking and woodcarving
  • bead work and jewelry making
  • dance and movement
  • sewing
  • lettering
  • paper crafts
  • …and more…

There are a variety of volunteer activities just waiting for you to explore! We hope you find one of these volunteer opportunities to be matched with your personal goals.

If you are interested in sharing your talents and knowledge with Spark of Brilliance, please contact Marcey at or call 519-763-4014 ext. 207. We look forward to meeting with you!

Please feel free to print this flyer and share it with others who may be interested!

Darkness and Hope

If you were unable to check out Michael Landsberg’s documentary last night: “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports, and Me” you can find it here.
If you can spare 45 minutes of your time, this is worth watching. Very inspiring and moving piece which features Michael, Clara Hughes, Stephane Richer, and Darryl Strawberry.
Please feel free to share this link with anyone who may want to watch this, for whatever reason that may be.

‘Let’s Talk’ about Battling Depression

Original article can be found here

by: CTV
Date: 1/25/2012 2:21:00 PM

Toronto, ON (January 25, 2012) – CTV marks the second annual Bell Let’s Talk Day with the primetime premiere of a new original documentary about sports and depression. Premiering on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV Mobile, ‘Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me,’ features TSN Broadcaster and ‘Off The Record’ host Michael Landsberg (@heylandsberg) as he guides viewers on the journey from depression to recovery and hope in the context of the world of sports. Sports heroes including Olympian and Bell Let’s Talk Day spokesperson Clara Hughes, hockey’s Stéphane Richer, and baseball’s Darryl Strawberry reveal intimate details of a struggle familiar to millions of Canadians. It’s the first of many programming initiatives from Bell Media in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day.

During the broadcast premiere of ‘Darkness and Hope’ and afterwards (7 – 8:30 p.m. ET), Landsberg keeps the conversation going as he joins Bell Let’s Talk Day spokesperson Clara Hughes in a live, 90-minute online discussion at and the CTV iPad App.

The documentary repeats Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TSN2; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV Two; and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. ET on CTV.

“I have learned from my own battle with depression that talking and sharing were vital keys to finding my way out of darkness toward the light,” said Landsberg. “I am passionately committed to talking about depression and mental health. I hope that by opening up and sharing our struggles, we can find ways of coping – and take away the stigma of depression, which is what Bell Let’s Talk Day is all about.”

Clara Hughes is arguably the greatest amateur athlete in Canadian history. Her Olympic success (six medals in cycling and speed skating) have brought her countless awards, including the Order of Canada. Yet, at the peak of her success, she was being pulled apart by a deep, internal pain. Stéphane Richer is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time 50-goal scorer, who once played for the Montreal Canadiens. Within days of winning the Stanley Cup, his depression became so deep he considered driving his speeding sports car off the road. Darryl Strawberry was one of the most talented prospects in baseball. He won four World Series titles – one with the New York Mets and three with the Yankees; and was the toast of the Big Apple, until his life-long battle with depression led him down a path of drugs, alcohol and destructive behaviour. In ‘Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me’ all three share stories of mental illness and – ultimately – recovery, strength and hope.

Landsberg reached a turning point in his lifelong battle with depression while interviewing Richer in 2009. Landsberg asked if they could talk about depression – framed as “something we have in common.” This courageous moment of admission ushered in massive change for Landsberg, who discovered a passion for helping others.

“This moving documentary illustrates Bell Media’s commitment to an open conversation about mental illness,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. “It’s time to fight the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. The response from Canadians since the launch of Bell Let’s Talk Day has been inspiring. We encourage viewers to watch and engage with this film and to keep the conversation going.”

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis (HARDWOOD), ‘Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me’ is produced by Sandra Picheca and Michael Landsberg for See See Three Entertainment Inc. in association with CTV. For Bell Media, Robin Johnston is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

 The Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative

Bell Let’s Talk is a $50-million, multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada based on four key pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices. It’s the largest-ever corporate investment in mental health in Canada. To learn more about Bell Let’s Talk, please visit