Challenges of Mental Healthcare
Tipper relates how her personal experiences inspired her life-long journey as a champion for those suffering from mental disorders. She continues to work toward removing the stigma, and helps guide the audience to an understanding that mental health is simply one aspect of our total health rather than a separate disorder.
Channeling Your Passions for Good
Through a heavily-illustrated presentation using both still photography and video, Tipper shows how her passion for visual communication evolved into a powerful tool for both personal expression and advocacy for important causes.
Advocate, activist, artist and philanthropist, Tipper Gore brings her warmth and kindness to communities around the globe. She has dedicated her life to giving voice to parents, children and families, those with mental health challenges, the homeless, and so many more.
Tipper works to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and is a strong advocate for early intervention and prevention, as well as quality, affordable health care including parity in treatment.
As former Second Lady of the United States, Tipper served as Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton, and convened the first ever White House Conference on Mental Health in 1999.
In 1990, she founded Tennessee Voices for Children, a coalition to promote services for children and youth with behavioral, emotional, substance abuse, or other mental health challenges. Today, Tennessee Voices for Children has grown to be a leading statewide and national advocacy and support network, reaching more than 150,000 parents/caregivers, family members, and professionals in just the last year.
Combining her love for photography with causes near to her heart, she worked with the National Alliance for the Homeless to produce The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America, a collection of photographs by Tipper and other prominent photographers.
She’s hosted gallery auctions to benefit organizations supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. She’s published photo essays to put faces on the statistics of those living in poverty and in war-ravaged communities – and worked to feature the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.
She helped draw attention to the effect of violence in the media upon children by co-founding the Parents' Music Resource Center in 1985 to promote parental and consumer awareness.
Tipper received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University in 1970, and her Master's degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1975.
Her children and grandchildren are a continual source of pride, and inspire her ongoing work to support families, children, and those in need.