Ambra Watkins

Ambra Watkins
Escape From Dark Places: Guideposts to Hope in an Age of Anxiety & Depression
Young people today are tech-savvy, confident, and positive. They are also stressed, anxious, and depressed. One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 has a diagnosable mental illness, and the number is growing. So what is the problem and how can we help?
A motivating story of triumph over anxiety and depression, “Escape from Dark Places” shares a mother’s journey to find answers to her son’s anxiety and depression. Her discoveries offer a new framework for intergenerational dialogue that will enable all of us—parents, grandparents, church leaders, and mentors—to be part of the solution.

Moms and others traditionally sidelined from the recovery process can learn how to play a critical role in empowering young people to:

• Accomplish a more stable sense of self to enable feelings of contentment and fulfillment

• Filter out the noise of technology and the Information Age to reduce stress and anxiety

• Initiate a stronger conversation about prevention and recovery that can better drive attitudinal change

• Think about the big life questions that enrich lives with meaning and purpose

• Attain real world life skills that enrich interpersonal relationships and promote success in the workplace

“Escape from Dark Places” offers guideposts toward mental and spiritual health that will inspire societal and spiritual reconnections, fight indifference, stop the stigma, and spread hope.
The Birth, Being and Burning of Worumbo Mill
Denver, CO USA
Ambra is a Boomer mom intrigued by the Millennial generation. She is concerned for trophy-kids whose high expectations crashed into the reality of an economic downturn and for parents who are trying to help them find purpose in the postmodern world.

Ambra’s latest book, Escape from Dark Places, focuses on the rising levels of anxiety and depression in young people and what parents, grandparents, mentors, and church leaders can do to help.

Ambra holds an MA in English and a PMP certification. She worked for fifteen years implementing training, knowledge management, and organizational change initiatives at Accenture and other Fortune 500 companies. Her experiences living and working in Africa and traveling abroad lend a multi-cultural perspective to her life and writing.

Other publications include the story of a historic mill in New England–The Birth, Being, and Burning of Worumbo Mill–as well as two self-published biographies that capture the values and character of the past.