About Amanda (she/her)

Amanda Lipp is a documentary filmmaker, consultant, and public speaker focused on mental health and social impact issues. She is passionate about combining creativity and strategy to raise awareness and improve systems. She is the Director of Lipp Studios, Founder of The Giving Gallery, and Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research Solutions.

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. She also serves on the board of Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pediatrics. Amanda formerly served as the youngest board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Amanda has produced over 70 short documentary films and graphic novels about mental health and social impact. She is focused on giving voice to underrepresented and complex topics - like trauma, youth psychosis, and suicide prevention. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches sharing her personal story and spreading advocacy. Clients include Columbia Psychiatry, Sutter Health, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton University. As a Research Associate, Amanda works on behavioral and mental health initiatives funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), CA Department of Education, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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 - based in Sacramento, California.

Amanda has worked with

Speaking

Speaking out about mental health and LGBTQ to raise awareness.

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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.

Featured In

Blogs

CALL TO MIND Spotlight on Rethinking Mental Health Care

America’s Fractured Mental Healthcare System Amidst the New Norm

About one in five US adults cannot afford the mental healthcare they need, a grim reality exacerbated by COVID-19 and[...]

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[...]

Mental Health Innovation

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