A  RESPECT Institute is coming to your community!

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is announcing the RESPECT Institute of Georgia, a program that is designed to facilitate the sharing of our unique stories of recovery to a broad range of audiences throughout Georgia’s communities.  GDBHDD is funding the RESPECT Institute and has contracted with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, the Mental Health America of Georgia and Slack Consulting to implement the program. 

A RESPECT Institute is a 3 1/2 day program designed to provide 12 Individuals the skills and coaching necessary to transform their mental illness, treatment, and recovery experiences into educational and inspirational presentations.  The RESPECT Institute helps participants organize, construct and customize their personal stories so they can be delivered in diverse venues, like legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings, and continuing education programs.

The RESPECT Institute empowers consumers by acknowledging, honoring and valuing their personal experiences and insights.   Through this recognition and acceptance, Individuals reclaim their sense of self and join an army of Individuals educating their community and eliminating stigma.   If you are interested in participating in a RESPECT Institute, or if you believe that your agency would be interested in hosting a RESPECT Institute, please contact Jen Banathy at the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network.

Jen Banathy, CPS
RESPECT Institute Coordinator
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Office (toll free): 800-297-6146
Office: 404-687-9487
Cell: 404-909-1236

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