Kat McIntosh is the Manager of Global Peer Support at Mental Health America. Here, they promote the I Am Not Alone platform, aimed at addressing loneliness and isolation for those with mental health challenges. They also work on the Peer Partners online training, to help increase awareness about the need for peer programs within all communities. Kat also advocates for marginalized communities such as the black diaspora and the LGBTQ+ community, particularly within peer services. They also work as a facilitator of a black LGBTQ+ peer support group with Peer Support Space.
Kat is an invisible disability advocate. Their previous work involved social justice issues including working with the Global Mental Health Peer Network, the Ministry of Education - Special Education Unit, and the Rape Crisis and Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Their social justice lens is also guided by their early childhood trauma and its effects on their health. These include living with the symptoms of bipolar, Complex-PTSD, psychosis, and social anxiety along with chronic pain.
Kat advocates for inclusive and intentional trauma-informed practices in organizational systems and policies. They hold certifications in peer support, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Mental Health First Aid, Black Mental Health and Healing Justice as well as Honest, Open, Proud - a certificate on disclosure. They also hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and counseling and early childhood care education.
Kat is a proud pansexual Black Caribbean femme living in their country of Trinidad and Tobago. They live with their fur baby Panther. They are a published author with their 2018 poetic prose work “Letters to the Broken, Healing and Healed.”