AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Soul Care for the AAPI Community

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

In this Sanctuary Space, we will explore the ways in which racial trauma within the AAPI community can manifest in both our minds and bodies.

We will be joined by therapist and mental health fitness advocate Lauren Salazar who will lead a discussion paired with mental-health-centered short films to empower the AAPI community. Together we’ll explore strength-based approaches to reframe internalized racial oppression and biculturalism in order to bolster mental fitness with tangible acts of self-care.

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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

AAPI & LGBTQIA+ Resources:
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
Mental Health APISAA Therapist Directory (US)
Mental Health APISAA Therapist Directory (Canada)
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
Self Care Guide- Interactive Flow Chart for Self Care

About Lauren Salazar:
Lauren Salazar is a proud Filipina-American mental health counselor and public speaker in New York City. California, Bay Area, born and raised, she believes just as we work out our physical bodies, we must also exercise our minds through mental fitness. Lauren aims to make mental health more accessible for the Asian American community. She received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University and recently received her MA in Psychological Counseling and Ed.M in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Lauren is currently working towards her NY State licensure as a mental health counselor. The focus of Lauren’s current clinical work is with college students and identity formation. She has experience working with individuals of diverse sexual orientations and races, primarily struggling with addiction and personality disorders at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her work is trauma-informed and social justice-oriented as she helps clients create the lives they wish to live.


Date:November 18, 2021
Time:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
100% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
100% gained new tools to support their own wellness
My key takeaway was that my family, friends, and friendly support systems, will help me the most in dealing with the psychological effects. "
-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.