Perspectives in Crisis

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About this 4-part Series: 

Perspectives in Mental Health Crisis is a four-part series examining the experiences of Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) as they navigate, utilize, and provide crisis services. On-demand recordings from each session are accessible below. As an additional resource, please click here to view our accompanying "Peer Perspectives: Navigating, Utilizing and Providing Crisis Services" Infographic


Thursday, March 3, 2022 | Defining a Mental Health Crisis
  • On-demand recording available! The first session, “Defining a Mental Health Crisis,” featured a discussion by Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and guest panelists on how different groups of people define and use the words "mental health crisis" and how these different understandings impact outcomes.
Thursday, April 14, 2022 | Peer Experiences in Mental Health Crisis
  • On-demand recording available! In part 2 of this series, the facilitators and panel discuss the differing peer perspectives on and experiences with crisis, explain strategies for preventing and managing crises, and provide crisis support resources.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Decriminalizing Mental Health Crisis
  • On-demand recording available! In part 3 of this series, peer panelists discuss the factors that have contributed to the criminalization of mental health issues and identify strategies that can help communities to decriminalize mental illness, including diversion, co-responding, and forensic peer mentoring. 


Thursday, June 16, 2022 | Alternatives for Preventing & Responding to Crisis
  • On-demand recording available! In part 4 of this series, our facilitators and panelists provide insight into how to avoid or lessen the negative impact of a mental health crisis. Peers share firsthand their hardships and how they were able to hold onto the things that mattered most to them, such as employment, housing, and relationships. In closing, several highly experienced and well-regarded trainers share formal skills peers can develop to enhance their resilience and prepare for the next situation life throws at them.


About the Facilitators: 

GMHCN facilitatorsThe 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 it was founded in 1991, this grassroots nonprofit organization has been led and run by mental health peers—people in mental health recovery. 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.  

Roslind D. Hayes, BS, CPS-AD, CARES, WHWC is the Statewide Coordinator of the GMHCN's Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers. She is a trainer/facilitator for the Certified Peer Specialist Project, Peer Zone, and Intentional Peer Support. 

Chris Johnson, MFA, CPS, CPS-AD is GMHCN's Director of Communications. He is responsible for sharing information about recovery and wellness opportunities to behavioral health peers and providers across Georgia.