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 NAMI and Women in Film.
In response to the global pandemic, she created the mental fitness podcast and event series, Outside the Box; this includes her CARE Initiative, and other programming designed to address the mental health and wellness needs of students, teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, and organizations of all sizes.
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. She has hosted Get the Funk Out!a weekly radio show on
KUCI 88.9 FM since 2011.
She graduated from Syracuse University with a focus on communications and education and earned a doctorate from Boston University in Curriculum & Teaching. She is a 2021 Age Boom Academy Fellow with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in partnership with Columbia Journalism, and an eCornell Course Facilitator at Cornell University.
Janeane grew up in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, living with her mother who, unbeknownst to her, struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse. Janeane talks openly about overcoming a life of trauma and abuse, and how we are all a work in progress.
BETTER HUMANS – What the Mental Health Pandemic Teaches Us About Humanity, published by Post Hill Press, is available in eBook and paperback wherever you buy your books. Learn more about Janeane Bernstein and her work at www.otbseries.com & www.janeanebernstein
Instagram & TikTok: @otbseries @janeanebernstein
Chartwell Speakers Bureau, a global speaker agency, signs Janeane Bernstein to their roster of international speakers