Vancouver Island University presents: Poetry for Mental Health (Masculinity)

A virtual workshop featuring award-winning short films, poetry-writing activities, and a panel with local mental health resources. This workshop will focus on mental health related to the culture of masculinity. All are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources:

Vancouver Island University Counselling Services

Vancouver Island Crisis Line


Featured National/Provincial Resources:

Crisis Services Canada

Kids Help Phone (all ages)

Wellness Together Canada

Black Youth Helpline

Trans Lifeline

Resource Locator


Date:March 30, 2021
Time:8:30 am - 10:30 am


Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth St
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5 Canada


Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
100% of students felt the workshop created awareness of MH issues specific to the culture of masculinity
100% of students reported the workshop helped them name and see stigma related to MH issues & masculinity
78% of students indicated they are more likely to support the mental health of men in their life
58% of students not in therapy reported an increased likelihood of seeking support for their well-being
Every night, my dad cries while watching The Voice / I see his smile, / and He says, / “Isn’t it all so beautiful” /// this is my role model of masculinity / he shows me how softness is strength / how quiet power is magnetic / "
-Workshop Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Mind Matters
View Film Library