AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Owning It: Awkward, Anxious and Awesome

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

“Owning It: Awkward, Anxious and Awesome” was an open discussion and exploration about managing anxious feelings. We explored how we can affirm our self-worth and awesomeness, despite feelings of anxiety. We also tried out an explorative movement exercise and a meme-making creative activity as additional ways to move through these feelings. Collectively we shared ideas on how we can support our mental wellness in a world that carries a lot of sources of unease.

Watch: Interactive event recording + presentation:

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis 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:July 22, 2022
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 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
100% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
I loved the presentation and interaction and activities. They were excellent. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

A Short Film About Anxiety
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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.