Brilliant Things Abound: How Art Can Open a Dialogue About Mental Health

Hope Out of the Darkness

07-09-2021 • 22 mins

Professor Tony Vezner, head of the Theater Department at Concordia University, talks about this fall's show, Every Brilliant Thing. This one-man play gets the conversation about suicide started using humor, an intimate venue, and audience participation to tell the story from the point of view of a child of a suicide survivor as he catalogs everything that someone would want to live for. AFSP will have an information table plus a post-show discussion after every event to keep the conversation going and end the stigma of mental health issues.

If you are in crisis or know someone who is...please call:
Suicide Lifeline at 1-800- 273-8255
or text the word “help” to 741-741


  • Making the discussion about mental health relatable through art
  • How art contributes to your mental well-being
  • Helping to start the conversation about mental health on campus
  • The novel that brought mental health treatments to light in the Victorian era
  • Respectfully and safely depicting a controversial story
  • Tony and Shell share some of their "brilliant things"


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