Amber James

Amber James

Amber James is a Texas native, and mother of three amazing children. She is a Special Education Para- Educator for KISD in Katy, TX for six years. She volunteer’s once a month with Chick Time, at Krause Children’s Center in Katy, TX. She became a widow and suicide survivor in 2014, after the death of her husband. She is a volunteer advocate for AFSP’s Southeast Texas Chapter, where she has participated in The local AFSP Community Walk in The Woodlands, TX in 2014, and The Overnight Walk in Dallas TX in 2015 where she helped to raise $1000.00.

In June 2016 she completed AFSP’s Suicide Survivor Support Group Facilitator Training, co-facilitate a Suicide Survivors Support group with Houston Transitions to Wellness & Counseling.

She also advocates for mental health awareness. After years of personal struggles with depression and anxiety she had lost her laugh. There was even a time in her life, when she honestly thought she may never laugh again. Wanting to find natural alternatives to help aide her on her grief journey and mental health struggles, she discovered a new experimental form of exercise called Laughter Yoga. She challenged herself to try something different and to test the aged old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” In April 2016, she became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, trained by Laughter Yoga Teacher Stephen Findley, a Chaplain at a Houston hospital, where he used Laughter Yoga to help cancer patients, their families, and various doctors. His mentorship has inspired her to reach out to the TAPS Organization, as a way to pay it forward for their loving support and guidance during her own grief recovery. She has attended TAPS National Suicide Survivors Seminar and Good Grief Camps Annual Event in 2014 & 2015.

She leads Laughter Yoga sessions for teenage girls at the Krause Children’s Center and for family and friends, and has taught one-on-one sessions with fellow school teachers. She plans to start a Laughter Yoga Club in Katy, TX. She has learned that it’s okay to laugh and grieve at the same time and hopes to inspire other grieving survivors to find their laughs again

 

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