In addition to educating and encouraging about mental health outreach through writing, I am also a mental health speaker. I speak at schools, community events, corporations, conferences, police departments, churches, Bible studies and pretty much anywhere else I am needed.
Life Conquering Blog – A Mental Health Outreach focuses on encouraging and educating the community and beyond (and I mean the whole world!) about mental health. My sole purpose is to tear down the walls of stigma. I fight stigma by sharing personally out of my own experiences as someone who is diagnosed with a mental illness.
Why Amy’s Presentations Stand Out from the Rest
My presentations are unique because I have been studying mental illness for over a decade. Plus, I live with severe bipolar disorder 1, ADHD, OCD, GAD, and social anxiety every day. My talks dust off the frivolous facts of churches, society, TV, or in movies to reveal the realities of mental illness challenges. My guard is dropped about living with severe bipolar fearlessly but not perfectly.
To sum up my life over the past 20 years, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of bipolar, my Lord goes with me. In my LC Talks I do at churches, I share how, for me, prayer is the first weapon against mental illness. I talk about how Jesus has walked every single step with me from the beginning of this journey. There is a lesson I teach on Paul’s thorn in his side. My strength is made perfect in my weaknesses.
And get this, mental illness does not discriminate. Just as stigma has no bounds, neither does schizophrenia, OCD, depression, or borderline personality disorder. Mental health does not decide who gets what based on socioeconomic ranking, race, location, family history, or gender. Mental illness attacks every group just the same.
Why You Need to Care about Mental Health
Mental health is not an isolated issue that is here one day and gone the next. 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.”
So, if you do not know someone with a mental health concern right now, more than likely, you will before you leave this planet.
And get this, mental illness does not discriminate. Just as stigma has no bounds, neither does schizophrenia, OCD, depression, or borderline personality disorder. Mental health does not decide who gets what based on socioeconomic rank, race, location, family history, or gender. Mental illness attacks every group just the same.
Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental health meets you where you are – at home, at the gym, at work even. Around one-third of people with serious mental illnesses work. Every soul feels the stigma against mental illness that is typical in many workplaces.
The truth is, employers are known to hire people with a physical disability than one with a mental illness and more than one-quarter would dismiss an employee for not disclosing a mental illness. It doesn’t stop there. People with mental illness have to deal with the discrimination from coworkers.
The problems that come out of the workplace for people with mental health challenges can be easily fixed. This includes millions of dollars a year in days taken off from work due to symptoms rearing their ugly heads. So, what can fix it? It is simple, it starts with the employers improving the work environment. But when it is all said and done, everybody is responsible in the creation of a safe work environment. Remember the “Golden Rule”? Exactly!
What should You do about this?
You could hire me to give a talk to your church, school, community event, fire department, or corporation. I can help you and your employees/coworkers to tear down the walls of stigma. You can take the knowledge you leaned to become more inclusive and understanding.
Hire Amy Pierce Romine
You can hire me to speak at your church, office, conference, community organization, school or event. LC Talks start at a half-an-hour. I am available to do multiple Talks at a conference or a retreat.
About Amy Pierce Romine
Amy is a speaker, writer, and awarding-winning blogger from Louisville, KY. She has been living with bipolar disorder for around 20 years and has written nearly 1000 articles and posts on mental health.
Click here to listen to a live talk Amy did at Southeast Christian Church Southwest Campus in Louisville, KY.