About Amanda (she/her)
Amanda Lipp is a documentary filmmaker, consultant, and public speaker passionate about mental health and social entrepreneurship. She is the Owner and Filmmaker at Lipp Studios, Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research Solutions, Founder at The Giving Gallery, and Chief Strategy Officer at Peer Mental Health.
Amanda has produced over 80 short documentary films giving voice to topics like trauma, alternative housing, youth psychosis, and diversity in extreme sports. Since age 18, she has given over 150 talks and workshop sharing mental health resources, films, and her own story of recovery. She serves on the Mental Health Advisory Panel at Google, and was appointed to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda formerly served on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S. As a Research Associate, Amanda works on state and federal initiatives in behavioral health and LGBTQ funded by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As Chief Strategy Officer at Peer Mental Health, Amanda supports business development and the journalism department. Amanda previously worked at the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). Amanda graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development. Her hobbies include mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.
Clients have included:
Research Study on Online Peer Support
We investigated whether with disruptions in care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, persons who self-identified as living with a mental health condition increased their usage of an online peer support community.
Video Intervention for Psychosis Stigma Reduction
We demonstrated the efficacy of 90-second video interventions in reducing stigma (across five stigma domains: social distance, stereotyping, separateness, social restriction, and perceived recovery). The videos described the experience of psychosis and reduced stigma, suggesting their potential utility on social media platforms to increase the likelihood of seeking services and ultimately may improve access to care among young individuals with psychosis.
ReBuilding Butte: A short documentary - on tour 2022!
ReBuilding Butte is a story about tiny homes for California fire survivors. It's on global tour with Wild & Scenic Film Festival visiting over 180 events globally to raise awareness and funds for grassroots environmental causes.
Rock Climbing & Wilderness Medicine
Meet Natalie - a rock climber and educator in wilderness medicine. Natalie talks about the role of fear in how we make decisions, and how climbing is like a metaphor for that - committing to a process, that it’s okay to be afraid, and it’s more about how we interpret the fear and how it’s giving us information.
Rock Climbing & Portaledge Music Video
Lillian had a bold idea to submit a rock climbing music video / short doc as her submission for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. She empowers people to create music and go after their dreams in the great outdoors.
Workshop at 4th National Conference Psychosis Care in the U.S.
Amanda's workshop: Filmmaking & Storytelling about Youth Psychosis:
This workshop walks through examples and utilities for how documentary films and comic books can be used in psychosis treatment programs, digital advertising, and research. Stories have the power to shape policy and programs; and perhaps most importantly: offer hope and connection.
Story and project featured in:
We all sat around the table, having met each other only moments before. There were 14 of us from states[...]
About one in five US adults cannot afford the mental healthcare they need, a grim reality exacerbated by COVID-19 and[...]
When I first heard about the tiny home building project to help California fire survivors, I signed up to volunteer[...]
Drew was studying media and film at Bronx Community College when he first experienced the symptoms. He was hearing things[...]