About Amanda

Amanda Lipp is a social entrepreneur and filmmaker working at the intersection of mental health, technology and the arts.

Amanda is Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery, Filmmaker of Lipp Studios, and Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS). She has made over 30 short documentaries and comic books to promote awareness and education around youth psychosis, schizophrenia, recreation therapy, and digital wellness. Amanda's passion began with her own personal story of recovery after a suicide attempt and three-month psychiatric hospitalization during college. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches locally and globally sharing her films, resources, and lessons-learned working on mental health advocacy and innovation. Amanda is currently the youngest board director of the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and board advisor to the Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Human Development. She is also a graduate of CORO Northern California and Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (Class X). Amanda is based in Sacramento, California.

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Since age 18, Amanda has been sharing her story experiencing psychiatric hospitalization during college to becoming a filmmaker, advocate and social entrepreneur in the mental health and social impact arena.

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Amanda is a documentary filmmaker specializing in short documentary-narrative stories around mental health and social impact issues. Amanda’s creative approach is grounded in social psychology, entertainment-education, and systems change theory.

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Comic Books

Amanda designs graphic comic books around mental health and social impact issues as a mechanism for narrative-based belief and behavior change.

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The Giving Gallery

The Giving Gallery (TGG) is an online art gallery where artists can sell their art to support partnered mental health nonprofits. Amanda founded TGG while she was a patient at a psychiatric hospital during college.

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Latest Projects

Documentary Series NYC Youth Psychosis - In production!

  • OnTrackNY is a youth psychosis program within Columbia University Medical and New York State Psychiatric Institute. These films serve as an awareness tool for providers and to inspire help-seeking behavior and conversations around mental health and identity.

Documentary on Tiny House Building for Camp Fire Survivors  - In production!

  • Producing a short documentary film about an inspiring tiny-house building project that gifts homes to displaced families from the “The Camp Fire” that occurred in November 2018. It was the most destructive wildfire in CA history and 6th deadliest in the U.S. Over 18,000 structures burnt down, 86 killed, and total damage was $16.5 billion. Over 400 families are still displaced and on the tiny-home waitlist. 
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