Since age 18, Amanda has been given over 150 speeches and workshops to non-profits, corporations, universities, high schools, and hospitals.  She weaves in her personal lessons of mental health recovery and documentary films into a compelling and creative presentation that will challenge the status quo of how we think about mental health.

COVID update:

Amanda is offering virtual speeches and workshops. As a filmmaker, Amanda is able to interview herself and edit in her home studio. For example, UC Davis asked Amanda to submit a video addressing prompts.

Speaking and Workshop Points

Topic 1: Layers of Life: Adversity to Advocacy

Amanda shares her journey from having a mental health breakdown during college to becoming a social entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker. She spent three months cycling within the psychiatric hospital system. She shares how this experience of hitting rock bottom empowered her to channel adversity into advocacy.

  • Navigating identity, self-stigma, and social stigma
  • Challenging traditional systems of care and practices
  • Embracing creativity as an outlet and crafting our mental health narratives

Topic 2: Mental Health Storytelling

Amanda shares the power of filmmaking and storytelling to improve the mental health care system. She shares her production practices and lessons creating over 50 short documentary films about youth treatment programs, digital wellness, art therapy, and more.

  • Telling stories as mechanisms to build rapport and to promote prosocial help-seeking behavior.
  • Applying digital advertising methodologies - films and stories as gateways to resources.
  • Considering sociological, social cognitive, and entertainment-education theories in creative production practices.

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Speaking 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[...]