AWI Our Stories Our Voices presents: Check All That Apply: Moving Past Labels, Embracing our Identities

The Our Stories, Our Voices festival celebrates AAPI mental health stories told by AAPI filmmakers and artists. Over two days, filmmakers, mental health professionals, and community leaders will lead insightful, interactive workshops focused on the unique experiences of AAPI people and their mental health. You can see them all on the Our Stories, Our Voices information page!

For many Asian and Pacific Islander people, the term ‘AAPI’ can elicit conflicting feelings. Although intended to unify and signal community, the acronym can also feel incomplete or inauthentic to some, especially those who hold other identities. This session will explore how people with multiple identities navigate the world and the labels thrust unto them and the mental health impacts of this constant balancing act. Amanda Lederle will facilitate a conversation with filmmakers Emilie Cheung and Rosie Pidcock, and art therapist Sharon Uy, using their films as a springboard for a conversation on the value of labels, redefining community, and the importance of self worth.

You can view the event recording below:

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project


Date:January 27, 2022
Time:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Art With Impact


Workshop Evaluation

98% of participants said the festival enriched their understanding of AAPI mental health experiences
69% of attendees left the festival more likely to seek support for their mental health needs
91% of participants said they are more likely to take action in support of AAPI people in their life
I loved the film and the panel discussion. "
-Session 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.