Heidi Anderson-Swan is the co-author of the only fictional story illustrating the negative mental health impacts of youth marijuana use. Titled, A Night In Jail, the story is inspired by her brother’s true life as a homeless drug addict with schizophrenia who went to jail eighteen times. Heidi and her brother, who is now sober, wrote the book together and adapted it into a play and short film.
Recently, Heidi spoke on Dr. Phil’s episode, Is America Too High on Marijuana? She was interviewed by Fox.com and NBCLA, Epoch Times’s California Insider and We the People Radio about her work. Along with a group of advocates from MomsStrong.org, and led by Long-time Schizophrenia Researcher, Dr. Christine Miller, Heidi met with the Drug Advisors for then-Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Dianne Feinstein. She has worked as a consultant with Los Angeles Defense Attorney, Bob Schwartz.
As a speaker, Heidi taught Continuing Education for Lawyers at Esquire CLE and the Professional Fiduciary Association of California. She will be presenting for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California 2023 Conference. Other presentations: Stanford REACH’s Teaching Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Virtual Conference, Johnny’s Ambassadors, MATFORCE (Arizona), Alcoholics and Substance Providers of New York State, Community Coalitions of Virginia, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Long Beach and Solano County, Los Padrinos (formerly a juvenile detention facility), County of Los Angeles Public Health Youth Advisory Committee and many other organizations.
Heidi volunteered with SB 1097, a bill to put warning labels on THC products in California. The bill was pulled due to pressure from the industry. She was honored to be appointed to the Hermosa Beach Cannabis Advisory Group and then she helped lead the very successful effort to oppose Hermosa Beach’s Measure M (to overturn the ban on pot shops).
A former actress, Heidi is thrilled to have been the voice of Jill Valentine in the hit video game, Resident Evil (2002).