The RESPECT Institute of Georgia

The RESPECT Institute of Georgia (RI), created by mental health advocate Joel Slack, supports participants in developing the skills necessary to transform their experiences of mental health and substance use challenges – and cross disabilities - into educational and inspirational presentations. The RESPECT Institute of Georgia helps participants organize, construct, and customize their personal stories of recovery and independent living so they can share their stories in diverse venues such as management meetings, legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings, and continuing education programs.

The RESPECT Institute of Georgia is a 3 ½ day training program that empowers participants by acknowledging, by honoring and by valuing their personal experiences and insights. Through this recognition and acceptance, participants reclaim their sense of self.   They own their lived experiences without shame or embarrassment and become instrumental in eliminating stigma in the general public, in advancing the message of recovery and in educating the next generation of behavioral health professionals.

Through a partnership with Slack Consulting, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and Mental Health America of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities sponsors 24 trainings and 420 speaking engagements annually.

To date, the RESPECT Institute of Georgia team conducted over 125 RESPECT Institute of Georgia trainings statewide and graduated over 1,000 individuals who shared their stories to over 100,000 Georgians.

 

For more information about hosting a RESPECT Institute of Georgia training please contact:

Jen Banathy, CPS, CPS-AD
RESPECT Institute of Georgia Organizational Development Coordinator
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
246 Sycamore Street, Suite 260
Decatur, GA  30030
(404) 687-9487

 

For more information about participating in a RESPECT Institute of Georgia training please contact:

Anthony Williams, CPS
RESPECT Institute of Georgia Training Coordinator
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
246 Sycamore Street, Suite 260
Decatur, GA  30030
(404) 687-9487

 

If you would like to invite a RESPECT Institute Graduate to share their story at your meeting or special event, please contact:

Toyia Mather, CPS
RESPECT Institute of Georgia Outreach Coordinator
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
246 Sycamore Street, Suite 260
Decatur, GA  30030
(404) 687-9487