About Us

“Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.”

~ Rosemary Brown

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.  Mental illness is a health condition that requires medical treatment.  It changes a person’s thinking, feelings, or behavior—sometimes, all three—and causes the person distress and difficulty in functioning.   Like other health conditions, mental health problems can be mild or severe.

Nearly half of New Hampshire’s population will require some level of mental health care at some point in their lives.  Whether you need a few sessions of therapy to help you navigate a challenging time in your life, or more intensive services to put you on the path to recovery, Lakes Region Mental Health Center can help.   Treatment works and recovery is possible.

Conditions Treated

Some of the conditions for which people seek treatment include:

  • Adjustment Disorder—the body’s response to life changing events, such as divorce, death of a loved one or job loss
  • Major Depression—severe and continuous feelings of sadness that may result in decreased activity, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and senses of guilt and hopelessness
  • Panic Disorders—sudden, intense and overwhelming fear for no apparent reason
  • Bipolar Disorder—fluctuating episodes of extreme depression and mania
  • Schizophrenia—symptoms of schizophrenia include confused thoughts, communication problems and sudden mood swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders—continuous interruption by unwanted thoughts and the constant performing of specific actions
  • Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders—the ingestion, injection or inhalation of chemical substances that affect both physical and behavioral functions, and that can become addictive over time.


Mental health services in the Lakes Region were few and far between in the 1960s.  This issue that did not escape the attention of Dr. George “Pete” Harris, a Gilford pediatrician who recognized the need for mental health care among his patients and their families.  With the vision and perseverance of Dr. Harris and other champions for mental health, the Lakes Region Mental Health Center opened its doors in 1966.  Known today as Lakes Region Mental Health Center, we have seen tremendous growth in the number of patients and changes in the services and supports provided.  Today, we are proud to provide mental health care to almost 4,000 people in the Lakes Region:






To view our most recent Annual Report, click here.

To view our most recent Community Benefits Report, click here.

For copies of our most recent IRS Form 990 and audited financials, please email info@genesisbh.org.