Mom, Mental Health Advocate, Champion of the Underdog


Amanda Kunzer

Community Relations Manager
Edgewood Clinical Services

Amanda shares 4 A’s to our Q’s:

What is your favorite thing about what you do?

My favorite thing about what I do is my ability to help others. In my role, I connect with a lot of people and am reminded just how many of us are struggling daily—some quietly, some louder. When I talk about where I work, the services we offer, and why the community should see Edgewood…it opens the door to many personal conversations. I so appreciate their candidness and the trust they have in me, and I feel a sense of responsibility in helping them.

I am always willing to offer support and guide them to where they can get help. Many times Edgewood is a great fit, but some times it is not. Meeting so many people and having an understanding of all the different resources available in our community helps me to get those who are struggling get connected and, ultimately, cared for.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is that people feel they can trust me, count on me, and can count on me to be an advocate for them. There is so much judgment in our society. If I can remove that barrier and make others feel comfortable talking to me, feeling accepted, and empowered to get treatment, that is definitely success.

Name the biggest overall lesson you have learned.

The overall lesson I learned is that we are our own worst enemy. The way we talk to ourselves is never the way we would talk to family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers. It is a lesson that has been learned but not always practiced. I catch myself being so critical and judgmental of myself. I know others struggle with this too. Your tribe around you can help keep you accountable to stop the critical talk and be kind to yourself.

Name the biggest overall lesson you have learned.

I am most proud of my son. Ever since my son could walk, he took an interest in volunteering and helping me at various fundraising events. He never complained about pitching in, giving back, and always seemed to understand how small actions can have big impacts. He jumps in without being asked when someone has their hands full, can’t reach something (yours truly), or will give some of his lunch to a friend who forgot theirs. I know in the years to come, he will continue to be a community contributor and help others. That makes me so happy.