Sunday, January 30, 2011

I can not begin to describe the excitement I am feeling after receiving some fantastic news. I am a board member on the Saratoga Community Citizen's Committee for Mental Health. Being involved with my community has been so rewarding. I have met so many people who have contributed their time and expertise in the realm of mental health. The president of our board has made it possible for me to connect with local school superintendents so I can discuss my plans to educate high school students about the stigma surrounding mental illness. I have envisioned this for a long time but now it is finally happening. I have to brainstorm my presentation but thankfully I have so much to show them. I have worked really hard during the past 5 years to create film/art/design in attempt to replace shame with courage and fear with empathy. If I can help one student detect mental illness in his/her self, friend, mother, father, sibling, college roommate then I have done my job. People tell me that mental illness has to hit close to home in order to fully understand it, but I disagree. Most mental illness goes undiagnosed (1/4 people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime). We have a chance to inspire hope with the next generation. I can't wait to keep you all posted on my progress. Wish me luck!!!


  1. The Best of Luck to you Amber! Reaching high school students with your message is a wonderful endeavor. Adolescence is such a sensitive time in anyone's life, but especially for those who are beginning to fall into mental illness. Raising awareness and fighting the stigma attached to mental illness could literally save lives and set others on a healthier path through young adulthood. Thanks.

    Kate : )

  2. Thank you Kate. You summed up, perfectly, just what I am trying to accomplish. I appreciate all of your support!!!

  3. Good job, Amber! I think you are doing a wonderful service for the high school students you will be reaching with this important message. I sent the link to your online exhibit to my father once, about a year ago, and it was one of the few times he ever actually discussed my illness with me. Your artwork can really open minds.

  4. That is great Amber! If you need any help let me know. Even if it's just loading and unloading your beautiful artwork out of your car to certain schools!

    Hugs my friend with the best of luck and prayers,

  5. Jen--Your comment about your father almost brought tears to my eyes. To think that I had any part in that is so humbling. I wish you continued success in everything you accomplish.

    Amanda--You are very sweet. Simply putting your story out there is more than I could ever ask for. It will inspire many. Luckily, I don't think I will be carting the original artwork but hope to have it all contained on one DVD :)