About Amanda

Amanda Lipp is a social entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker, consultant, and speaker.

Amanda has produced over 60 short documentaries about mental health and social impact - covering topics such as youth psychosis, schizophrenia, art therapy, cyberbullying prevention, and housing relief from wildfires. A passionate advocate, she has given over 150 speeches around the U.S. since age 18 sharing her journey navigating the mental health system during college to working in the field. Clients have included Columbia Psychiatry, Sutter Health, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton University.

Beyond ground-level storytelling, Amanda is committed to systemic change. She currently serves as a 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 for the Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pediatrics. Amanda previously served over 10 years at the state and national level of the  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S.

Amanda is based in Sacramento, California, and graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development. Her hobbies include mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, and karate.

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Amanda has worked with


Speaking out about psychiatric hospitalization to raise awareness and reduce stigma

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Human stories that inspire people to seek help and realize they aren't alone.

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Comic Books

User-friendly resources that simplify complex topics like schizophrenia

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The Giving Gallery

An online shop where artists can sell their art to support partnered mental health charities.

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Latest Projects

Short Documentary Series NYC Youth Psychosis - Films Complete!

  • I have created over 10 short films the past four years in NYC covering youth psychosis and the Coordinated Specialty Care treatment model of OnTrackNY, Columbia Psychiatry. Learn more

Tiny Home Building for CA Fire Survivors - In Post-Production

  • I am directing and producing a short documentary about a tiny home building project for 2018 Camp Fire Survivors. We successfully crowd-funded over $17,000 for post-production costs and submitting to 2020-2021 film festivals". Learn more

Featured In

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[...]

Mental Health Innovation

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