AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Breaking Up with Trauma

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for our global community to connect on topics at the intersection of art and mental health.

In this AWI Sanctuary Space event: “Breaking Up With Trauma”, we were joined by mental health advocates and artists, Janette Valenzo and Danielle Pinals. Together we explored the trope of artists needing trauma and suffering to create their best art. Together, we explored what may be fueling this belief, and share more sustainable ways we can create in support of our mental health.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
Learn how to support someone else’s mental health: Be There Certificate


Date:February 18, 2022
Time:12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Workshop Evaluation

90% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
97% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people who share similar values
93% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
It is hard to get that community and support locally since I am known here as a mental health worker. So finding spaces online is amazing, and I am SO glad I came to this great workshop/event. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

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Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.