Amber Williams is many things, but first and foremost, she is both a survivor and hustler. She survived homelessness on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Amber was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2016. She is a living testimony of what it means to defy the odds of living with mental illness. While living on the streets, she overcame starvation, sexual assault, and lack of shelter. Also, she is a survivor of attempted suicide. Additionally, she survived her battle with alcoholism and has been sober for several years.
Amber has hustled for the last five years to restore her life. Through resilience, strength, and support, she has gained a second chance at life. In 2022, she began pursuing her Ph.D. in psychology. She also became a mental health advocate through the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWP): Sisters Mentally Mobilized Mental Health Advocate training program.
She spent two years as a fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Minority Fellowship Program. Both her education and her lived experience inform Amber’s unique ability to inspire and save lives. Amber’s mission is to help build resilience in others and save as many lives as possible in the process.
Amber works tirelessly so as to advance the following goals:
Further destigmatize suicide and mental illness
Advocate for all sick and suffering human beings who need access to mental health services
Instill resilience in others
Aid others in finding their purpose and move beyond their struggles.
Now is the time to join Amber as she inspires through her speaking, blog, books, and nonprofit.