May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This Is My Brave shines a light on mental illness to end stigma.
In 2018, This Is My Brave partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy to create the mini-documentary: This Is My Brave – shining a light on mental illness to end stigma.
The mini-doc follows four storytellers from the May 2018 cast of This Is My Brave: The Show– Boston from auditions through their performance, capturing the many ways This Is My Brave is making a difference in the lives of people who have been inspired by the organization. The documentary also shares Co-Founder Jennifer Marshall’s own journey with mental illness and how she came to found This Is My Brave. The mini-doc aims to educate viewers on several types of mental illnesses and addiction, as well as the various pathways to recovery through the stories shared on stage and in additional footage and interviews.
This is a free event featuring:
Carolyn A. Lane
Natasha A. Pierre
Rev. Dr. Temple Hayes is a difference maker, spiritual leader, author and international motivational speaker. As an ordained Center for Spiritual Living Minister and an ordained Unity Minister, she currently serves as CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders. In September 2016, Rev. Temple was awarded with the People of Distinction Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Carolyn A. Lane is an educator with over 34 years of experience in the Chicago area. She has a doctorate from Columbia University in Organizational Leadership, and a Masters from University of Arizona-Tucson in Special Education. In her tenure, she served as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary School Principal and Director of Special Education.Dr. Lane is a proud mom to three children and many grandchildren. She also has 23 years lived experience with Bipolar Disorder Type Two.
Natasha A. Pierre is an award-winning speaker, author, career and life coach. She is also a mental health educator, disability advocate and combat veteran advocate. She holds a Social Security Administration Work Incentives Planning credential from Cornell University, a Florida State Supported Employment Specialist certificate, and is certified in both Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid. Natasha’s varied background includes professional model, radio and television broadcasting, crisis communications, political strategy. Natasha also has almost 20 years lived experience with Bipolar Disorder Type Two.
Rev. Peggy Ann “Serena” Hemmer, MSW, LCSW, LISW-S knows her mission is to minister to others as counselor, healer and teacher. Rev. Serena is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervisor. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work with honors from The Ohio State University with a focus on Clinical Counseling and Child and Family Welfare. Rev. Serena graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She was ordained as a Metaphysical Minister in 2006. Her career includes administrative experience at the county and state levels in mental health programs for persons with chronic and serious mental illness; establishing an Expressive Arts Clinical Program in an adolescent residential treatment center; and founding Heart and Soul Counseling originally in Westerville, Ohio and currently in Largo, Florida. There she provides holistic, heart-centered, creative, research based counseling for children and adults.
The event objective is to:
- Raise awareness and support for people who live with or love someone with a mental illness;
- Provide mental health information and resources
- Introduce First Unity Spiritual Campus, services and events
- Spark conversations to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction