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A Story From the Girl Inside

Welcome to The Vintage Rose, a space where distorted mirrors are shattered, and windows of hope and transformation are opened wide. Here, the story of a girl who refuses to be defined by her past unfolds—a story that speaks of resilience, strength, and the power of personal growth.

In a world where mental health challenges often cast a shadow on one's identity, I am embracing my journey with unwavering determination. In the depths of my journey, I have worn many labels: Depression, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, Anorexic, PTSD, and an Addict. Each one has shaped my path, but they do not define me. I am more than the sum of my mental health and substance abuse struggles; so much more.

My name is Amy Thompson, and I have a Master’s in Social Work, am a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, a Certified Dual Peer Specialist, a Social/Emotional Interventionist, an Inspirational Speaker, and a suicide survivor. I am a mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a friend, and a valued co-worker. But above all, I am ME—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

The Vintage Rose symbolizes the timeless beauty that emerges from adversity. It represents the transformative power of embracing our stories, our struggles, and our triumphs. Through this blog, I aim to foster a community of understanding, compassion, and growth—a community where we can break free from the constraints of stigma and find strength in sharing our experiences.

I invite you to connect with me and book a public speech for your school, community event, conference, or any gathering where our collective stories can ignite conversations and inspire change. Together, we can unravel the misconceptions surrounding mental health, promote healing, and create a world where no one feels alone in their journey. I firmly believe in the power of personal narratives to challenge perceptions and foster empathy. By sharing our stories, we can dismantle the barriers that separate us and build bridges of understanding and support.

Join me as we embark on a path of resilience, self-discovery, and transformation. Connect with me today to book a public speech that will allow your audience to witness the strength that arises from vulnerability and the beauty that can flourish when we choose to embrace our authentic selves.

The Vintage Rose is a testament to the unyielding spirit within each of us—an invitation to bloom despite the shadows that may have once defined us. Let us celebrate our individuality, celebrate our journeys, and create a world that embraces the inherent strength and resilience within us all. Thank you for joining me on this empowering journey. Together, we can rewrite the narrative surrounding mental health and inspire others to embark on their own path of healing.

Remember, our past does not dictate our future. We are survivors, we are resilient, and we are ready to create change. Welcome to The Vintage Rose, where authenticity, courage, and healing intertwine to form a beautiful tapestry of recovery.


Amy Thompson, MSW, CAPSW, CPS is the owner and designer of the The Vintage Rose Co. She has a Master’s in Social Work, is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, a Certified Dual Peer Specialist, a Social/Emotional Interventionist, an Inspirational Speaker, and a suicide survivor. Amy has walked the path of recovery from her mental health struggles to addiction. She has confronted the challenges of living with OCD, anxiety, and depression, and as time went on, she received additional diagnoses of ADHD and PTSD. She now dedicates herself to providing support and advocacy for others on their own journey.

"Thorns make you stronger, and the beauty of the rose is worth the pricks along the way"

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