NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
Natasha A. Pierre is an award-winning speaker, author, certified professional life coach and a mental health advocate with over 20 years of lived experience. Her relatable speaking style allows her to connect with global audiences to share the importance of self-awareness, self-advocacy, community building and effective legislation.
Natasha has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, a Social Security Administration Work Incentives Practitioner credential from Cornell University and a certificate in Ministry. For the last five years, Natasha has devoted much of her time to mental health education and advocacy. She is the Vice President for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Hillsborough affiliate, in Tampa, Florida, and serves on the board for Aaron’s House also in Tampa, FL.
Mental Health-Related Credentials and Certifications
Social Security Administration Work Incentives Practitioner
Florida State Supported Employment Certification
Mental Health First Aid Certification – Youth
Mental Health First Aid Certification – Adult
Facilitator – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Smarts for Advocacy Training
Facilitator – NAMI Peer to Peer Course
Facilitator – Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Work Readiness Trainer
Advanced Reiki Practitioner