This is what a Brampton mental health revolution looks like. Play video Featured Local Summit: Brampton Says. We can all think of our favourite artists as having the ability to describe the indescribable. One of the most gratifying aspects of artistic expression is the capacity for catharsis. Good art, whether it be theatre, art, music or dance, can be viscerally uncomfortable and simultaneously therapeutic; it can be both highly political and deeply personal. Brampton Says works with the artistic community in Brampton to tell stories, many of which are steeped with hardship and struggle, but also with inspiration and empowerment. One of the scariest parts of embarking on an artistic venture is being prepared to confront yourself, granting artists a special wisdom in dealing with beauty and suffering. In our local communities, mental health is a topic sorely lacking conversation, and the wisdom of local artists could guide the discussion into a productive direction. On May 5th, Brampton Says held a Jack Regional Summit to dig into these issues as a community. Why did you decide to host your Brampton Says Local Summit? We decided to do a Local Summit because we thought it would be the most effective way to impact our community. We wanted to speak to our community without restrictions while engaging a dynamic demographic, and that's what we did. Our audience included over 70% males, with ages ranging from 17 to 35. How did the event impact your community? This event impacted our community by introducing the conversation of mental health through the lens of the arts. Many participants in our event were already participating in one creative community or another; however, our event encouraged them to speak about the challenges creative people face with their mental health. What does your mental health revolution look like? For us, a mental health revolution is one in which the conversation of mental health becomes normal. One should be able to ask about his/her friends' mental health just as freely as they would ask about their physical health.