AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Exploring Generational Trauma in Animated Movies

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces where people can connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

“Exploring Generational Trauma in Animated Movies” is a special Sanctuary Space: Mental Health in the Media event that was hosted by Art With Impact on June 15, 2022. We were joined by mental health advocates Amy Wong, Cessa Betancourt, and Cat Tanchanco to watch Disney movie clips depicting generational trauma, share experiences, swap mental wellness tips, and co-create a more aware future for healing.

This event was free to attend.

Watch: Interactive event recording + presentation:

Movie clips screened:

Moana (2016)
Encanto (2021)
Turning Red (2022)

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:June 15, 2022
Time:2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
92% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
97% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
It was a really lovely conversation and was set up to be a safe and open room, which I really appreciated. Having a mental health person on hand is such a great idea. "
-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.