Respect Institute of Georgia
The RESPECT Institute of Georgia is a program that facilitates the sharing of individuals’ unique stories of recovery from mental illness to a broad range of audiences throughout Georgia. Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities has contracted with Mental Health America of Georgia, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and Slack Consulting, LLC to implement the program.
Each RESPECT Institute is a 3 ½ day program which provides 12 Individuals with the skills and coaching necessary to transform their mental illness, treatment, and recovery experiences into educational and inspirational presentations. The program helps participants organize and articulate their personal stories so they can be delivered in diverse venues, such as legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings, and continuing education programs.
The RESPECT Institute empowers individuals with mental illness by acknowledging, honoring and valuing their personal experiences and insights. Through this recognition and acceptance, Individuals reclaim their sense of self, educate their community, and eliminate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.687-9487.