AWI Sanctuary Space presents: EnvironMental Health: Coping with Climate Despair

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for students to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

For this Sanctuary Space, join us as we explore the intersection of climate change and the effect it can have on our mental health. Together, through short film clips and open discussion, we will create a brave space for our feelings on this huge topic, and share actionable steps on what we can do. We will be joined by AWI’s very own Workshop Manager, Alex Reynolds, who is an environmentalist and mental health advocate.

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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

About Alex Reynolds:
Alex (they/them) is a Midwest USA native. They grew up studying theatre and completed the High School Repertory program at the Theatre of Western Springs. They attended Columbia College Chicago as a film directing student, but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Television. Alex worked for 8 years in several capacities with non-profit New Millennium Theatre Company. There, they produced live theatre for non-traditional audiences and participants.

As someone who used theatre and television as recreational therapy as much as an escape, Alex has always appreciated the ability of art and media to express emotion and speak to the heart. They are thrilled to be in the Workshop Manager position at Art With Impact to help young people engage in conversations about what makes us human, how to nurture their best self, and what keeps us all connected.


Date:December 2, 2021
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

83% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
92% made a meaningful connection with other people who share similar values
83% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
I will use what I learned today and apply it towards my decisions, goals and motives in moving forward in a positive and eco-friendly direction! "
-Sanctuary Space attendee


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.