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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Since age 18, Amanda has been sharing her story experiencing psychiatric hospitalization during college to becoming a filmmaker, advocate and social entrepreneur in the mental health and social impact arena.

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Amanda is a documentary filmmaker specializing in short documentary-narrative stories around mental health and social impact issues. Amanda’s creative approach is grounded in social psychology, entertainment-education, and systems change theory.

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Comic Books

Amanda designs graphic comic books around mental health and social impact issues as a mechanism for narrative-based belief and behavior change.

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The Giving Gallery

The Giving Gallery (TGG) is an online art gallery where artists can sell their art to support partnered mental health nonprofits. Amanda founded TGG while she was a patient at a psychiatric hospital during college.

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Latest Projects

Documentary Series NYC Youth Psychosis - In production!

  • OnTrackNY is a youth psychosis program within Columbia University Medical and New York State Psychiatric Institute. These films serve as an awareness tool for providers and to inspire help-seeking behavior and conversations around mental health and identity.

Documentary on Tiny House Building for Camp Fire Survivors  - In production!

  • Producing a short documentary film about an inspiring tiny-house building project that gifts homes to displaced families from the “The Camp Fire” that occurred in November 2018. It was the most destructive wildfire in CA history and 6th deadliest in the U.S. Over 18,000 structures burnt down, 86 killed, and total damage was $16.5 billion. Over 400 families are still displaced and on the tiny-home waitlist. 

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How it started: Rebuilding Butte Short Documentary

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[...]

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