Monadnock Family Services (MFS) is a non-profit, comprehensive, community mental health agency serving 35 towns in Cheshire and western Hillsborough counties in southwestern New Hampshire.
Each year, our 230 team members serve approximately 1,300 children and youth who have serious emotional and behavioral disturbances; 2,000 other children and youth through our community prevention activities conducted in partnership with area school districts and other youth-serving organizations; and almost 4,000 adults through a variety of counseling and support services.
MFS offers programs in parent education, family support, youth development, services for seniors, substance abuse prevention and treatment, veterans support services, and treatment for individuals and families confronting mental illness.
I was suffering from depression, anxiety, and agoraphobia. Starting the In SHAPE program wasn’t easy for me, having to meet people at a certain time, go to a gym where there were a lot of other people, and discuss myself with a mentor. But my first mentor was a perfect match for me.
Michael was assigned to Melanie Diehl as he coped with severe depression. For years he had lived with his mother who fell where they lived in 2009 and was hospitalized. When Melanie began working with Michael, he was paralyzed with fear that he’d never go back to living with his mother.