AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Living Creatively With Bipolar Disorder

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

“Living Creatively With Bipolar Disorder” is a special Sanctuary Space that was hosted by Art With Impact on March 30, 2022 on World Bipolar Awareness Day. We were joined by artists and mental health advocates B. Russ, Rachel Leyco, and Cat Tanchanco to watch short clips about mental health, share lived experiences with bipolar disorder, swap mental wellness tips, and co-create a stigma-free world.

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

More resources on Bipolar Disorder:

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Bipolar Hope & Recovery
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Special Guests:
Rachel Leyco
B. Russ
Cat Tanchanco

Other videos screened:
Interview: Halsey — A Conversation About Bipolar Disorder
Rachel Leyco lived experience share


Date:March 30, 2022
Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
100% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
77% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people who share similar values
I love the list idea and videotaping myself when I’m in a hypomanic state. I will definitely be using those strategies. I also love that art is an extension of ourselves and a way to work through some of the tougher days. I will definitely take those sentiments with me. "
--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.