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Language Matters: Ever hear the statistic "1 out of 4 people have a mental illness"?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2015 5:25:26 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health, inclusion, identity, diversity

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Ever hear the statistic, "1 in 4 people will have a mental illness"? 

How does that make you feel.

Now, do you ever think about who the other three quarters of people are? Or, how one might cross over from being the 1 in 4, to the 3 out of 4? There's a lot of layers here....and the complexity of mental health shouldn't be reduced to an oversimplified statistic, or used to draw a crowd in attempts to normalize it's depth.Indeed, we are all on spectrum of mental and physical disability depending on the conduciveness of our environment and access to systems of care. It's not a matter of who is ill, so much of where we are on a our relative spectrums of wellness and illness across time and space. 

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Make a 'Mental Investment': Supporting mental health with mindfulness = strength & opportunity

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health, mindfullness

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It seems counter-intuitive that taking time to not work actually helps you work more and better later on - but scientific evidence backs up how to reverse the time-stress cycle through mindfulness. 

I often find myself buried in work, struggling to meet the demand of my "to do" list, thus causing a vicious time-stress cycle - always more to do, never enough time.

Time is our most valuable resource, but optimizing our time to reduce stress is easier said than done.

We think working more now, means less work and stress later.

But at what cost?

A sacrifice happens somewhere, and often times it's our mental health with a ripple that effects our physical health and overall quality of life.

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Stepping Outside of Cinderella's Shoe: mixed-media art step-by-step + timelapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2015 4:52:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mixed-media art

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What do tomatoes and "tomahtos" teach us about identity and social inclusion?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health, inclusion, sexual and gender identity

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When I asked the grocery store clerk, "what's the difference in price between this pile of tomatoes and that one?" He tossed back a, "meh, tomato, tomahto." Nothing like a smirking salesclerk to make you think about the divide in our culture surrounding perceived differences


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How to Etch and Layer with Crayons

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2015 3:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health, Film, crayon art

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2 minute step-by-step video on how to etch and layer with crayons. 

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Stumblin' through Dublin: camera and cane in-hand

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in global mental health, Film

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I remember boarding the plane for Dublin, turning on my video-camera, and thinking to myself, “Wtf did I just get myself into…”


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Conference Checklist: 5 lessons learned from planning a conference

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2015 3:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in Public Speaking

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If there’s one thing that can teach you the art of patience and mental payoff, it’s 8 months of planning what you only hope to be a successful international venue of groundbreaking education and networking for folks.

 The objective of this particular conference was to discuss mental health; particularly, as the issue intersects as a topic of social justice, identity, and culture. It was the 7th international conference of it’s kind, branded as “Together Against Stigma”, but this was the first time ever hosted in the U.S.

  •  Staff was hoping 400 would attend... but over 750 people showed up from over 17 countries.

Let me say, it’s easier said than done. Organizing an event of people is like herding cats in a crowded city.

 It’s stressful.

 However, I found planning a conference to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

Here are 5 tips to put on your conference checklist if you dare to plan a conference.

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How did a Nordstrom Associate Teach me to Sell Lipstick Using Empathy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in reflection

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Like many of us, I do not regularly wear lipstick. Our society has moved from those mad men years where women used lipstick like an essential. We may still fish it out of the drawer for a special night out or a photo shoot, but we dont generally wear it to work. 

While browsing through Nordstrom I got pulled into a conversation with a sales associate in the makeup section despite my best attempts to swerve out of her path. She was trying to sell me lipstick, which I think is an impossible sell to someone like me. So, I asked her, how does she close sales? What i learned about her "3 Fs" applies to so many parts of my life.

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Discovering the Green Ribbon: Global Mental Health

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 25, 2015 2:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health, global mental health

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I flew to Europe two years ago to research and document cultural differences in mental health care. 

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Mental Health Around the World: Planning an International Conference

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM / by Amanda Lipp posted in mental health

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The conference became a platform for innovation and collaboration.

Last month, over 750 people gathered from over 17 countries to discuss mental and behavioral health. It felt like the whole world fit into one grand ballroom. 

I feel honored to have helped plan this conference with the support of volunteer committees and stakeholders passionate about mental health from around the world. 

We got our heads together and started implementing the vision.

This gathering humbled and invigorated me, prompting questions regarding the variability in cultures’ civil trends (perceptions, behaviors), partnerships, and systems of mental health care:

  • How do we collaborate to share best practices; moreover, how do we adapt and translate such practices in our local community?
  • What is your culture's model in creating social change; specifically, strategies in identifying patterns in attitude and behavior?
  • How do effectively "keep up" with the care; modifying programs, services, language, and education with social change? 

Mental health is as much a social and cultural phenomenon as it is a biological one; these two phenomena working off each other as we improve systems of care in a climate of collaboration amidst social and cultural trends and changes.

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