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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. 

If you want to know more about peer support, please join us on January 17, 2024 at noon Peer Support 101, in which we will discuss what a peer support specialist is, the application process, and what the Georgia CPS Project training is like. Click to Register

No matter the season, remembering to take care of the basics, such as sleeping well, eating healthy and balanced meals,  drinking plenty of water, and getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise, can help us to achieve and maintain our mental health recovery, no matter the storm any season may bring. To learn more about a Whole Health and Wellness approach to Mental Health Recovery, please call the Peer2Peer Warm Line any time at 888-945-1414

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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.

Join Us for Thanksgiving & Christmas*

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...

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.

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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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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

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Some Forms Are Harder Than Others

We are grateful for the Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive, but it can be a little confusing, and sometimes even overwhelming for some of us. That is why GMHCN worked with a small group of some of our best and brightest colleagues and allies to provide some guidance to Georgia's peers and practitioners (and anyone else) interested in completing a PAD. 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.

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.


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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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

The Georgia Peer Policy Collective was 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.

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The Georgia CPS Project Training is the core training of GMHCN. It was launched with Cohort 1 in October 2002. It serves as the foundation upon which all peer support in Georgia--and 37 other states--is based. This landmark training continues to be the gold standard for peer support because of the rigorous attention paid to ensure its fidelity to the model: Developing person-centered, recovery-focused, trauma-informed, culturally-aware practices that are shared with program participants in ways that engage, connect, inform, and inspire. No matter the changes in the world around us, the Georgia CPS Project continues to lead by keeping its focus on what we can do next -- and how to do it best -- for Georgia's mental health recovery community.  Click to learn more.

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