President, Slack Consulting, LLC & Founder, RESPECT Institute of Georgia
Joel Slack is a leader in the national and international mental health consumer advocacy movement. Over his 30-year career, Joel has utilized his lived experience with mental health challenges, treatment and recovery to develop innovative programs that create opportunities for his peers and advance the issues of respect and recovery at all levels of the mental health system.
Joel has transformed mental health systems by spearheading the creation of senior management positions for Peers, reformed the culture of mental health service providers by sharing his RESPECT Seminar to over 400,000 participants in 42 countries and most recently, developed the RESPECT Institute of Georgia, a program that helps peers to confidently articulate their experiences with mental health challenges so that they can bring hope and understanding to their respective communities. To date, RESPECT Institute of Georgia graduates have presented their stories to over 140,000 citizens across the state of Georgia.
Joel is a graduate of Allegheny College and resides in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to providing specialized consultation and training services, he serves on Mrs. Rosalyn Carter’s Mental Health Task Force in Atlanta.