The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network believes in the ability of everyone living with mental health concerns to enjoy lives of purpose, meaning, productivity, and wellness. Since the first gathering of 30 behavioral health peers in October 1990, this grassroots nonprofit organization has been led and run by mental health peers—people in mental health recovery. GMHCN has evolved into a statewide organization of over 100 employees engaged in advocacy, education, training, and peer support services for the people of Georgia. GMHCN is recognized as a national leader in the peer support movement. At its core, the basis of peer support—one person using their lived experience to support another—is not new; in fact, it is the basis of human growth and development. Mental health peers with special training are now able to use their lived recovery experience in clinical settings to provide something beyond a diagnosis or medication. We provide the evidence that we can and do recover from our mental health challenges. We provide skills, tools, and above all, hope. 

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Continuing Education:
It's beginning to look a lot like trauma.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year” a popular holiday carol proclaims, but for many, the holidays bring stress, family discord, anxiety, and depression. Our webinar will explore the challenges that come with the holiday season and provide connections and resources that can support people through what might be a difficult time. Register now.

What's next for GMHCN?
You tell us.

A once-in-a-generation change is happening at the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. A new leadership team, including a new leader, is being formed now to shape what the Network will be, do, and achieve for the next 5, 10 or 15 years (or more).


Critical to the continuing success of GMHCN is the voice of Georgia’s mental health recovery community. Voting is open through December 31 so that Georgians can share what you want, need, or expect from a GMHCN focused on your future recovery and wellness. Vote now.

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It's Not Just a Training 

The CPS Project doesn't just provide skills and knowledge--for many, it provides a whole new way of looking at life, as well as a way to experience what it can mean to find a true vocation. Peer Support 101 explains how to get started. Learn more.

The Georgia Peer Policy Collective is being established to serve multiple functions necessitated by the scope and scale of the Georgia's Mental Health Parity Act. This all-peer group, which will include at least one representative from each of Georgia’s six regions, will play a vital role in the next several years while our legislature determines the future of our behavioral health system. Click to learn more.

Central State Hospital in Milledgeville

Pictures of Central State Hospital's crumbling remains are popular on websites such as Atlas Obscura because of the disturbing portrait of humanity they portray. But they only tell a part of the story. The recitation of facts such as the number of pounds of meat, butter, and other foods consumed each day at Central State Hospital, and the way people confined there are described in "But for the Grace of God," paint a more complete picture, in an even more chilling way, of what this place, in that time, was really like. Learn more.


Georgia’s Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers provide recovery and wellness activities online daily. We have a variety of activities and facilitators, so there is always something new to experience.

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Dual Recovery Is Real

Double Trouble in Recovery provides a safe and welcoming space for people living with substance use and other mental health concerns to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. DTR meetings happen online and in communities across Georgia. Learn more.

RESPECT Institute of Georgia

The RESPECT Institute of Georgia is a 3 ½ day in-person training or 4½ day online training program that empowers participants by acknowledging, by honoring, and by valuing their personal experiences and insights. Learn more.

Employment @GMHCN

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network has full and part-time opportunities across the state. Whether you want to put your skills to work providing peer support in communities throughout the state, or provide  administrative support behind the scenes, GMHCN has opportunities Learn More


Peer support for all Georgians, all the time.

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Peer support for all Georgians, all the time.

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Peer support for all Georgians, all the time.

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Peer support for all Georgians, all the time.

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Peer2Peer Warm Line

We all need someone to talk to who can understand us, and is willing to listen. Our Certified Peer Specialists, who work out of our Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers, are available day and night to share in your successes, and support you if you're struggling. Learn More

Georgia's Home for Peer Support

GMHCN's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers connect Georgians in mental health recovery with the tools and resources we need to maintain our recovery and wellness, and to lead lives of purpose, meaning, and productivity in our communities.

Click here for an overview of respite, or learn more about each of the Centers in Augusta, Bartow County, Colquitt County, Decatur, and White County.

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Join Us for Christmas and New Year's Eve

Spending holidays with people who understand us, and support our recovery and wellness, can make holidays feel like... holidays, and not something to dread. If you or someone you know is not looking forward to the holidays, and lives with a behavioral health concern, learn about how Georgia's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers can change how we perceive and anticipate the holiday season. Learn more.

*and New Year's Day, and Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and Memorial Day...

Sharon "Sherry" Jenkins Tucker

GMHCN's most recent and most profoundly productive executive director ushered in a new era peer support and mental health recovery in Georgia. Learn more.