In addition to being a freelance writer, I also speak about the topic I am most passionate about, mental health. I speak at schools, community events, churches, hospitals, police departments, corporations, conferences and pretty much anywhere else I am needed.
The first appearance of Life Conquering in public was on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:30-12:30 at the Southwest Campus Women’sMinistry event of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. I spoke about my own personal experiences with bipolar 1. I fielded many questions the ladies had regarding their own mental illness or the mental illness of a loved one. I spoke with many women one-on-one and each case touched my heart.
Why Amy’s Presentations are Distinctive
My presentations are distinctive because I have been studying bipolar and other mental illnesses for more than a decade. I also live with a mental disorder every day. The real story of what it is like to have bipolar is presented for all to hear – no candy-coating it. I discuss stigma, what contributes to it as well as how we can break away from it.
Why You Need to Care about Mental Health
Mental illness does not discriminate. It does not care what car you drive, what color your skin is, which side of the railroad tracks you live on, what title is next to your name, short, fat, tall, cute or ugly. According to the World Health Organization, “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”
At this point in time, either you do not know someone with a mental illness or they hide it so well that you do not know they have one. There will be a day when every one will know a person who struggles with their mental illness.
Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental health issues immensely affect the workplace. More than one-third of people with serious mental illnesses work. And every one of those people feels the stigma against mental illness that is typical in many workplaces. In fact, it has been found that employers are more likely to hire people with a physical disability than one with a mental illness and more than one quarter would let go an employee for not disclosing a mental illness. Moreover, people with mental illness face discrimination from their coworkers as well.
I have had jobs outside of the house all my adult life up until the summer of 2017 when I went freelance writing and blogging full time. My experiences include the public school classroom, sales, paralegal, bookkeeper and legal secretary/assistant.
Employers lose millions of dollars a year in days missed from work due to mental health issues – but – some of this can be prevented by improving the work environment. Everybody needs to work as a team to provide a safe place to work for all employees and that includes people with a mental illness.
A presentation on mental illness is a way to tear down the walls of stigma and defeat discrimination, transform the way people think about psychiatric illnesses and highlight how successful people can be in a workplace with or without a mental illness.
Hire a mental health speaker
You can hire me to speak at you office, community organization, school or church event. Talks are between one and two hours long, typically. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and pricing.
About Amy Pierce Romine
I am a freelance writer, blogger along with speaker and social media consultant on topics regarding mental health. My bipolar 1 with psychotic features, rapid cycling and mixed episodes remained unnoticed from my early childhood days through high school where I grew up in an alcoholic home. I went completely manic in my twenties and did not have my first diagnosis and treatment until 2007.