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Self Health Action Plan for Empowerment

InSHAPE is a comprehensive, evidence-based health and wellness program designed to improve the health outcomes and social inclusion of individuals living with serious mental illness.

The InSHAPE program actively collaborates with community partners to provide opportunities for participants to enhance their mental and physical wellness.

Shaping the Future of Mental Health

This nationally studied program provides:

  • Nutritional education and support
  • Certified personal training by qualified Health Mentors
  • Opportunities to learn healthy cooking skills
  • Activities that enhance social connection
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Access to gyms and other exercise facilities

Who is eligible for InSHAPE?

Individuals who are eligible for InSHAPE:

  • Anyone interested in making positive lifestyle changes
  • Medical clearance from primary care doctor to participate
  • Diagnosed and living with with mental health challenges
  • Interested in working towards a healthier life and motivated to set personal wellness goals

If you would like to add InSHAPE services to your own wellness plan, ask your clinician about this exciting program.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester also offers InSHAPE for kids! Ask your child’s therapist for information about the program.

The InSHAPE practice has a new home!

Training is now offered for agencies looking to adopt InSHAPE

Ken Jue, creator of the InSHAPE program, has selected The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester to carry InSHAPE into the future as the international hub for the practice, and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is committed to expanding the practice to new, certified InSHAPE providers, providing ongoing consultation to existing providers, and bringing this transformative program to more individuals! If you would like to bring InSHAPE to your agency and want to learn how, contact Pete Costa, Director of Training and Education.

What are people saying about InSHAPE?

The program benefits whole health

18JAV partners with local bike shop

Backed by Research

InSHAPE is an evidence-based practice

The Endowment for Health of New Hampshire gathered Monadnock United Way, the Monadnock Community Foundation, the NH Charitable Foundation, and the Hoffman Family Foundation into a funding coalition that became InSHAPE’s Local Initiative Funding Partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

First community partners:

  • Keene State College
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic-Keene
  • The Cheshire Medical Center
  • The Granite State Monarchs (now the Monadnock Peer Support Agency)
  • Wyman Way Co-op
  • Keene Family YMCA
  • The Moving Company
  • Cheshire County Cooperative Extension Service of the University of New Hampshire
  • Keene Community Kitchen
  • The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

Dartmouth’s Center for Health and Aging has been studying the effectiveness of InSHAPE, under the leadership of Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS and Sarah I. Pratt, PhD, since the original 2003 pilot study and in subsequent research funded by CDC, NIH and CMS.


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