Amanda, 26, has given over 150 speeches across the U.S. since she was 18. She shares her story from psychiatric hospitilization in college to serving as the youngest board member for the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). As a documentary filmmaker specializing in psychosis, Amanda challenges individuals and agencies to think outside-the-box of community engagement: "how do we use the heart of stories and the power of technology to reach people where they're at?" As a strategic consultant and designer, Amanda has helped over 50 mental health and education organizations across the U.S. with social marketing, strategic planning, and multimedia resource development. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is a passionate believer in the power of identity and how systemic marginilization can be opportunity for individual empowerment and civic action.
Amanda speaks about the opportunities that arose from her mental health adversities. The three months she spent in a psychiatric hospital taught her the art and science of mental transformation: that one can heal and grow STRONGER from a crisis and allow opportunities for self and systemic advocacy.
My work in the field of mental and behavioral health was fueled by my personal experience having been hospitalized my freshman year of college. It became my mission to educate and innovate with individuals, communities and national organizations in efforts to improve the culture and science of mental healthcare.