Amanda has given over 150 speeches locally and globally to non-profits, corporations, universities, high schools, and hospitals.  She started speaking when she was 18 after experiencing psychiatric hospitalization during her freshman year of college. She says, "hospitalization was the internship of my life; it gave me the strength and insight to challenge traditional perceptions and paradigms of mental health". She weaves in her personal story, documentary films, comic book resources, and research into a compelling and creative presentation that will challenge that status quo about how we think about mental health for ourselves, in the workplace,  and in our communities.

Speaking and Workshop Points

Topic 1: Layers of Identity: Personal Narrative & Expression

Amanda shares her journey finding her voice and navigating self and social stigma after psychiatric hospitalization. She shares real-life interviews from her documentary films, and theoretical models and tools for the audience to apply in their own lives.

  • How do we navigate identity and sense of self after trauma and adversity?
  • How do we deal with self and social stigma in our daily lives?
  • How do we translate adversity into opportunity?
  • How do our mental health narratives change across contexts and age?
  • What creative outlets help maintain our wellness, or cope during adversity?

Topic 2: Technology and Storytelling for Mental Health

In this Digital Age, the Internet could be considered a "modern first responder". Amanda shares research and innovations around creative narrative storytelling and mental health digital advertising to help people find support and community. She shares her documentary films, educational comic books, and media campaign lessons.

  • How do we use stories to build trust, and promote prosocial and help-seeking behaviors?
  • How do we use digital advertising methods to help people find supportive resources and support online?
  • How do we leverage stories to drive fundraising and build partnerships?
  • How do we apply sociological and entertainment-education theories in crafting thoughtful creative productions and media/health campaigns?

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