An Erie woman is speaking out about school bullying and inspiring others through her writing. Local writer and advocate Amiee Gross spoke to the community at the Jefferson Educational Society.

Gross said growing up she was often bullied in school, and suffered depression as a result.

"I was bullied, I dealt with mental illness and I dealt with abuse in past relationships," Gross said.

She overcame those struggles and wants to inspire others through her writing.

"I'm glad I'm able to put my writing out there to help other teens," she said.

Gross teamed up with the National Youth Interest Safety and Cyberbullying Task Force.

"I messaged her and said I'd love to have you as part of the organization you seem pretty inspiring," said Task Force Executive Director Alexander Kovarovic.

The organization is touring the country shinning light on the dangers of bullying.

"So many teens struggle alone and they don't know how to tell their parents," he said. "They don't know how to talk to a teach or their friends even."

Aimee Gross also received the Saving Lives Award for her community outreach to stop bullying.