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Above Ground Podcast

be well, be safe, be ABOVE

Jun 22, 2022

People are called to a profession or passion for a number of reasons. Those who are led into the mental health field either have their own or witness someone else’s experiences. Take Amber Star Hall. Amber was called to help. Amber wanted to be the one who never gives up on others. 

Amber Star Hall believes at the end of the day it’s all about the peace within. Constant stress leads to burnout. It leads to financial pressure. Often forcing professionals to limit services, limit their availability and not being able to meet the needs of their clients or themselves.

Amber credits mental health workers in college as the reason she is still here. Amber has been in and out of counseling since she was five years old. Amber has experienced it on both the mental health and substance use sides. This lived experience is a driving force that propels Amber onward. 

Amber found herself calm on the outside and screaming on the inside. Much like many of us are experiencing collectively now. Amber has an undying drive to give back and ask deeper questions. Amber wants to have your back. Amber is open and willing to dive deeper. 

A lack of time, staff and an overwhelming of our health care system has led to under served patients and clients. We have also experienced a drive to minimize education, devalue professionals and a distrust of all our systems from the top down. 

We are interconnected no matter which side of the sun you revolve. That connection has becoming frayed and misrepresented in culture as a whole. In no time have we collectively lived through the same worldwide events, like we’ve done the last two plus years. Amber knows that allowing herself the balance within provides her the power to provide it outwardly. Amber is a giver but recognizes the need to not forget about Amber. 

Amber holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana State University. She has first-hand knowledge of various mental health difficulties from her own experiences and witnessing family members. Amber currently works for a mental health app and as an emergency room tech. She is going to a local community college to become a registered nurse. Amber has spent most of her career working in various positions at the intersection of education, healthcare, mental health, and human services. She has found her most valuable learning to come from a continued pursuit of knowledge and personalized path that has led her to interact with a multitude of cultures, beliefs, and individuals in addition to her connection with nature. Amber aspires to take the knowledge and experiences she has gained throughout her life and work towards her most important goal in life - to show compassion, help others with their personalized paths, and leave the world a better place. In her free time she enjoys reading, creating art, gardening, and attending mindfulness/meditative events and retreats. She can be found on Instagram at

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. - Joseph Campbell

Amber Hall, M.Ed.(She/her)

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Until next week, get well, be safe and stay ABOVE