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Keys to our Past: Unlocking our History in Mental Health Care

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Keys to our Past is a film series created by the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in partnership with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The collection brings to life topics in the history of mental health care in Canada ranging from the emergence of the asylum era to differing treatments to changes in Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) legislation. Each film is roughly 10mins in length, providing an historical introduction and connects the past to current practices.

Closed captioning is available for each video as are full transcripts.

Teaching Guides are currently in development. We would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, and questions to enrich these documents.

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 Keys to our Past - Buildings
     Keys to our Past - Moral Treatment
Moral Treatment
     Keys to our Past - Somatic Therapy
Somatic Therapy

 Keys to our Past - Drug Therapy
Drug Therapy

     Keys to our Past - NCR
 Not Criminally Responsible
     Keys to our Past - Language & Stigma
Language & Stigma

Keys to our Past
  Keys to our Past Trailer

Film Series Reviews

Humber College Press Release re: Keys to our Past


Review of Keys to our Past following Humber public launch


Humber College Review of Keys to our Past following Humber public launch

Orillia Packet & Times Article

Waypoint Research Institute 5th Annual Conference - Interview Series


The following interview series was filmed at the 5th Annual Waypoint Research Institute Conference, held in Barrie, ON May 15-17, 2017. The series features our keynotes from this year's event: Nadine Wathen (Western University) and Nicholas Watters (Mental Health Commission of Canada).

Interview Series

What is Knowledge



Interview Series
Words of Wisdom: Advice for Students

    Interview Series
Research and Policy: Do they mix?