WHO WE ARE
The Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency was established in 1995. We are a consumer run organization with the mission to provide opportunities for mental health consumers to come together and support each other in moving forward toward what we want in life - as opposed to away from what we don't want - and to establish a culture in which our members and participants feel more empowered and less dependent on the mental health system. We practice a particular kind of peer support which (as stated in the quotation above) is "a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principals of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful."* This is called Intentional Peer Support (IPS). The intention is to use the peer support relationship to clarify, focus on, and move toward our personal life, recovery, and wellness goals.
WHAT WE DO
All of our programs are free and grounded in the principle of personal responsibility, mutuality, reciprocity, respecting others' thoughts and beliefs as valid and important, growth beyond stigma, shame, and limits placed upon us, and creating and maintaining a strong, active voice and presence dedicated to social change. We believe that by developing better relationships people feel valued, become empowered and move toward recovery.
Through the practice of IPS, and our program of support groups and activities, we gain greater confidence in our ability to handle uncomfortable feelings and personal emotional crises, avoid frequent hospitalizations, and lessen the need for other medical or clinical interventions. If you are a consumer of mental health services and are at least 18 years old, we invite you to spend some time at Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency and meet our staff and other consumers in a safe, non-clinical, non-judgmental, stigma free, and positive environment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and welcome the opportunity to talk with you.