A RESPECT Institute is designed to provide 12 - 15 consumers the skills and coaching necessary to transform their mental illness, treatment, and recovery experiences into educational and inspirational presentations. The RESPECT Institute helps Participants organize, construct, and customize their personal stories so they can be delivered in diverse venues, like legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings and continuing education programs.
Most Participants in the RESPECT Institute report feeling more confident and more in control of their painful life experiences once they learn the skills to deliver their stories to audiences. Above all else, the RESPECT Institute empowers consumers by acknowledging, honoring, and valuing their personal experiences and insights. Through this recognition and acceptance, consumers reclaim their sense of self. They can own their personal experiences without shame or embarrassment. The end result is that consumers become active allies in alleviating stigma in the general public, in advancing the mission of recovery, and in educating the next generation of mental health professionals.