About Amanda

Amanda Lipp is a social entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker, and public speaker.

Amanda is the Director and Filmmaker of Lipp Studios, Founder of The Giving Gallery, and Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research Solutions. She works at the intersection of mental health, storytelling, and technology.

Amanda has produced over 60 short documentaries about mental health and social impact - covering complex topics such as youth psychosis, digital wellness, and tiny home building for homeless fire survivors. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches around the U.S. sharing her personal mental health recovery story, debuting her films, and spreading advocacy. Clients have included Columbia Psychiatry, Sutter Health, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton University.

Amanda currently serves on the Mental Health Advisory Panel at Google, and is an appointed member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda is a former board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S. She served six years on NAMI California's board, followed by three years at NAMI National. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amanda graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development. She is a fellow of CORO Northern California and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP).

Amanda's hobbies include mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, and she holds a black belt in Kung Fu and Kenpo. Amanda works remotely and is based in Sacramento, California.

Amanda has worked with

Speaking

Speaking out about mental health and LGBTQ to raise awareness and inspire connection

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Filmmaking

Short films about how we identify with mental health and outlets for healing

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Comic Books

Simplifying complex topics like schizophrenia through graphic illustration

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The Giving Gallery

Selling art online to support mental health charities (in development)

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Latest Projects

Short Documentary Series NYC Youth Psychosis

  • I have produced over 12 short films the past four years in NYC covering youth psychosis and the Coordinated Specialty Care treatment model at OnTrackNY, Columbia Psychiatry. Learn more

Tiny Home Building for CA Fire Survivors - In Post-Production (completing mid-2021)

  • I am directing a short documentary about a tiny home building project for California fire survivors. We raised over $17,000 in 2020 for post-production and now submitting to 2020-2021 film festivals. Stay tuned for the public debut. Learn more

My next film ideas:

  • The intersection of women, rock climbing, and mental health
  • Extreme sports and mental health

I'm looking for collaborators and partners on my films. Please email me and subscribe below for updates.

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Blogs

Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors | Amanda Lipp

How it started: Rebuilding Butte Short Documentary

When I first heard about the tiny home building project to help California fire survivors, I signed up to volunteer[...]

Drew's Story With Schizophrenia | Amanda Lipp

Drew’s Story With Schizophrenia

Drew was studying media and film at Bronx Community College when he first experienced the symptoms. He was hearing things[...]

Using Technology To Support Adolescent Mental Wellness

Using Technology To Support Adolescent Mental Wellness

The Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing Program (TAM), a philanthropically sponsored research initiative led by the efforts of the Social[...]

The NYC Youth Psychosis Program | Amanda Lipp

The NYC Youth Psychosis Program

Since 2016, my filmmaking company, Lipp Studios, has been making short documentary films presenting the successful recoveries of several young[...]

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