This talk is about taking action and having the conversation about mental illness. Amy reviews the 10 most common signs and symptoms, talks about suicide and how to help and discusses lessons learned from her journey with bipolar disorder. Amy Gamble is a Mental Health Speaker.
.“With 39 years of high school teaching experience, I have had the privilege of hearing several speakers talk on a lot of different health related topics to students, from tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse, and many others. Last year, when I was asked to help find speakers for our annual health fair, I asked our students for suggestions of topics. I was really surprised to see that depression was mentioned by a lot of students. I have heard that Amy spoke on this topic, so I was excited that someone with her background was willing to come and speak to our students. Personally, she had more to say than I could have imagined, and really opened our faculty’s and students’ eyes to the different sides and levels of mental illness. Amy was as good as any speaker I have ever heard concerning teenage health issues, and my only regret is that I didn’t give her a lot more time to talk. I can’t wait to have her come back again!”
Mark Witzberger, Cameron High School, Cameron WV
"Amy speaks from experience and from the heart. It is great to see a mental health success story tied into and an educational program. . I would refer her to speak for your organization or school."
Suzanne Steele Muncy, Moundsville Middle School
West Virginia Health & PE Teacher of the Year
“Being responsible for the educational presentations in six high rise buildings, I am always looking for charismatic speakers with relevant topics. Recently, Ms. Gamble presented a talk on removing the stigma from mental illness. The combination she used of factual information, along with her personal story, made for an awesome and well received presentation. The participants asked meaningful questions and received helpful answers, as Ms. Gamble was very approachable and participants were encouraged to interact with her. I would have no hesitation in recommending her for more presentations in our buildings, as well as in the community at large.”
Carol Stryker, MSW, LSW
Wheeling Housing Authority
"I am a teacher at Moundsville Middle School. In May of 2016, Amy Gamble came to our school to talk about Mental illness. She had a great presentation and I felt our students really learned from her presentation. The fact that she experienced her information first hand made it more believable. I believe her talk really reached out to our students and it made the students think about “what am I really going through” and “wow, I’m not the only one feeling this way.” This was a great step towards raising awareness of Mental Illness and how it can effect anyone. We would like to bring her back for a second presentation."
Sue Lewicki/MMS teacher and Friends of Rachel Advisor
“Amy’s presentation was informative and insightful. It was so helpful to all of us who attended to not only learn about mental health issues but to see Amy as a role model for healing and mental wellness. Comments on Amy’s program were very positive, and I would recommend the program to professionals as well as community members who are looking for information on mental health concerns.”
Altenheim Retirement Center
" I vividly remember Amy speaking from the heart and being such an inspiration to those students with and without mental illness. It's important for the students and the public to hear the message about the challenges of mental illness and help them understand it better and it's important for those students with a mental illness to hear hear her powerful words and to see how successful she is gives them hope. Amy's messages through her blog and her work will be a source of inspiration and hope to students and adults for years to come. Marshall County and the Ohio Valley is lucky to have Amy and proud of all her accomplishments."
Woodsdale Elementary School
"Amy's comments to the John Marshall High School Class of 2016 were both instructional and heartfelt. Her message focused on successes and failures in life and the need to continue to stay positive no matter what hand life has dealt."
Mental Health First Aid
"Amy Gamble is a passionate and confident instructor of Mental Health First Aid. Having taken her adult course, I feel able to assist those who are
suffering from a mental health crisis by offering supportive listening, referrals to professional help and other supports. Mental Health First Aid
builds the tools that an individual needs to be helpful to anyone in crisis and am looking forward to taking her Youth MHFA course. Amy is an
excellent advocate and educator, and brings just the right touch to her teaching of MHFA."
Valery Staskey, Youth Services System
"Amy Gamble presented the Mental Health First Aid course with so much competence and compassion. I learned very helpful techniques for talking to a person about difficult topics such as having suicidal thoughts. All of the strategies that I learned during this training have helped me to feel more confident in my abilities to help others, whether they have a mental health concern or not. Amy’s passion for educating on mental health topics shone through in this training and inspired me to continue learning about mental health."
Erin (Stoddart) Roxby, M.A. Ed.
Child Development and Disabilities Manager
Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.
A small town girl with big time dreams Amy learned how to beat the odds in the face of extreme adversity. She discusses the steps it takes to overcome what seems as insurmountable and inspires the audience not to fear facing the challenges in their own lives.
A key note speech designed for those who are interested in the recovery movement in mental illness. Based on SAMHSA's 10 Components of Recovery and personal lived experience this presentation at the very least will provide the audience with a host of resources. Amy's personal story of recovery will inspire.
Mental Health Basics gives the audience a more in-depth view of mental illness. Amy talk about the prevalence of various disorders and goes into detail about the signs and symptoms. This is appropriate for an audience that wants to learn specifics about Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and the warning signs of suicide.