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.
We're glad you're here. Click the play icon to meet Chris Dowling, the Online Wellness Activity Coordinator for GMHCN's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers. Chris is a Certified Peer Specialist-Mental Health and a Whole Health and Wellness Coach employed at the Center in Moultrie, Georgia. Learn more about our Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers.
Six Years Strong!
Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual Ken Whiddon Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, to be held Sunday October 24, 2021. Learn More
Peer Support 101 is an introduction to the principles of peer support, the different types of employment available to Certified Peer Specialists, and how the application process works for the competitive Georgia Certified Specialist Project CPS-Mental Health training.
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Look at our great lineup!
Registration is now open for the GMHCN 2021 Annual Conference, to be held online November 10, 2021. Learn More
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
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.
We Do Recover
The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse are proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Revenue on production of the new Georgia Recovers specialty license plate to reduce stigma and increase recovery in Georgia. 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.
Please join the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network as we begin realizing a long-term goal of providing peer support, wellness and recovery activities, and respite in Augusta. Learn more.
Georgia's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers provide wellness and recovery resources to Georgians in a peer-led, peer-run environment.
How Do We Know What We Know?
GMHCN has put together a 21 Day Challenge that encourages us explore how we understand what we "know" about race. We hope you will take the challenge with friends or colleagues to continue this important conversation. Learn more.
New Pipeline Out Now!
The newest issue of The Pipeline is out now! Join us as we begin to say goodbye to Lynn Thogersen, who is retiring in November, and say Hello! to Anthony Wright, the director of the new Peer Recovery and Respite Center of Augusta. Download The Pipeline (opens in PDF)