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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