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In this mental health-themed presentation, Amy discusses developing a resiliency toolbox, and provide local and national resources in order to help students cope with major change. The program has proven to be an ideal fit for student orientation, sexual assault prevention month, disability groups, leadership speaker series, diversity programming, ROTC workshops, and mental health awareness events.
“I don’t have a story you hear every day. I’m a survivor of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma, starting from my senior year of high school.
But the “story” I’m driven to share is a narrative that unites us all: a story of reimagining our identities when life surprises us, become authors of our own lives in the face of uncertainty, and resourcefully growing from difficult experiences.
Having been affected by illness, disability and chronic conditions, you may be surprised at my positive outlook, sense of humor, and unbridled zest for life, which I accredit to my “four keys to resilience.” My programs provide hope, help and resources, starting a vital conversation on how we each can work to build a culture of empathy, empowerment, curiosity…and play.”
Watch Amy’s TEDx Talk here:
Popular “Top Five” Student Programs:
- Disability Advocacy on Campus
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- LGBT Programming
- ROTC Events and PTSD Awareness
- Speaker Series, Business and Leadership
The Recipe for Resiliency: Four Essential Mental Health Mindsets for a Healthy, Heart-Full Life
Who knew that thriving in the face of adversity could be as simple four inspirational words? Gratitude, Hope, Creativity, Stories. These might be easily confused with whimsical phrases on gifted journals you’ll find at the bookstore. That’s what makes these growth skills so great — basic, long-term mindsets that anyone can foster, enabling us all to mentally conquer any obstacle we face. Learn how to use creativity as a mindset, allowing us to interact with a deeper part of our aliveness, and build a stronger identity for ourselves. A strong sense of identity is the greatest compass on any “detour” that life takes. Amy will share how these skills fostered the resilience which enabled her to thrive after her own near-death experience, and how we can utilize these skills to overcome any obstacles, turning life’s detours into the path of our dreams.