Our History

“Supporting those whose lives are affected by mental illness through their journey of hope and recovery”

The Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent (formally Chatham-Kent Consumer and Family Network) began in 1996 as a group of family members who loved someone living with schizophrenia. Our goal was to provide support and education to families facing similar experiences. We began with a $30,000 budget and a small office with a part-time employee. In 2006, we became an incorporated, non-profit charitable organization. 

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care then asked us to take on a “consumer” component offering therapeutic recreation, support groups, public education, peer support, systemic advocacy, referrals and educational classes. We now also offer daily health and wellness groups. Mental Health Network receives most of its funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. We augment our funding with fundraisers, grants and donations.

In 2011, Mental Health Network purchased our own building, now known to the community as "Hope House".

Kelly Gottschling

Executive Director

Jenny Jackson

Jeff Dube


Katie Sales

Sam Erdelyi

Mark Randall