This very special man was my father. I lost him December 4, 2015 to stage four colon cancer. When I moved in with him at age 16, I had no idea he had a hilarious repetorie of character voices, which would later inspire me to pursue voice acting. He taught me to find the funny in everyday life, and not to be discouraged by failure. I was blessed because he believed in me more than I believed in myself, and encouraged me to try anything I could imagine. "Someday you'll get your doctorate" he would say. By age 28, I did. His work ethic, drive, spirituality, and tough exterior was nothing compared to the size of his heart.
A special thank you to the NY Times for publishing the story I wrote about my father.
Janeane Bernstein is a mental health advocate, journalist, and speaker. She is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Women in Film.
In response to the global pandemic, she created the mental fitness podcast and event series, Outside the Box. Her engaging talks, workshops and interactive activities for all ages focus on prioritizing mental fitness and four key pillars: kindness, compassion, empathy and connection.
Janeane is the author of Get the Funk Out! %^&* Happens, What to Do Next! (Post Hill Press | Simon & Schuster 2019) in which she shares stories of resilience and the importance of prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. In 2023, her second book was published entitled Better Humans – What the Mental Health Pandemic Teaches Us About Humanity. She hosts a weekly live show called Get the Funk Out! on KUCI 88.9 FM and Outside the Box with Dr. Janeane podcast.
She graduated from Syracuse University with a focus on communications and education and earned a doctorate from Boston University in Curriculum & Teaching. In 2021, she was selected to become an Age Boom Academy Fellow with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in partnership with the Columbia Journalism School, and the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently an eCornell Course Facilitator at Cornell University.
socials: @otbseries @janeanebernstein
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