"I have found my life’s purpose, through this work.” -Ane
Ane Romero: Mental Health Policy Advocate, Suicide Prevention Trainer, and founder of “See, Believe, & Achieve”
Ane Romero is a nationally recognized and award winning mental health advocate, speaker, and trainer who was born and raised in New Mexico. Her work includes working in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and served as the as the Mental Health Advisor to U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, She received her B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A from New Mexico Highlands University, where she served as Student Body President and was later appointed to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. In addition to her work in the United States, Ane has had the opportunity to travel abroad to meet with officials from the Department of Mental Health in both Italy and Spain, to learn about the innovative mental health and policy advancements being made.
Since 2003, Ane has been trained and certified in suicide prevention through the Yellow Ribbon Suicide PreventionProgram and has provided training services for schools, communities, including tribal. In 2005, she was crowned Miss New Mexico and competed at the national Miss America Pageant. Ane has spoken nationally on behalf of mental health related issues, such as the Mental Health Parity Act in Washington, DC and served a the national spokesperson for the 1-800-YOUTHLINE. In 2011 she became the first non-elected official to be awarded the "National Excellence in Federal Government Leadership Award" by the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health for her work in mental health policy. In 2013, she made history by becoming the first Congressional House staffer to be awarded and recognized with the "Allies in Action Congressional Staff Award" by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the "Friends of Children's Mental Health Congressional Staff Award" by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2013, she was named "Young Alumna of the Year," by New Mexico Highlands University for her work in policy and mental health.
While still in college, she authored, NM Senate Joint Memorial 61, which became one of only four pieces of mental health legislation to pass the New Mexico State Legislature. When not speaking about mental health- Ane loves to travel, root for the Los Angeles Lakers, serves as a motivational speaker, and is a professional national anthem vocalist.