Genesis Behavior Health will take new name, in new location

LACONIA — Genesis Behavioral Health, in conjunction with its January move into its new, state-of-the-art medical facility in downtown Laconia, will resume use of its corporate name – Lakes Region Mental Health Center.

“It is clear that the intense stigma about mental health services has decreased in recent years,” said Maggie Pritchard, executive director. “The organization adopted the trade name “Genesis Behavioral Health” as a way to address that stigma both among the people we serve and the community. But now, there is greater appreciation that mental health is a critical and intertwined part of overall health. This name change reflects that changed community understanding.”

“We provide mental health services for the one in five of us that will experience some sort of mental health disorder in our lifetimes,” said Deborah Pendergast, chairman of the board of directors. “We decided that with this new building should come a new name – reflective of the high quality, comprehensive services we offer.”

Genesis Behavioral Health was founded in 1966 as Lakes Region Mental Health Center and has been supporting healthy minds in the Lakes Region ever since. Last year, the organization served almost 4,000 patients: 2,342 adults, 391 elders, and 1,150 children.

Genesis Behavioral Health is transforming this property located at 40 Beacon St. East in downtown Laconia into a state-of-the-art medical facility for its patients and for the community. Under construction now, the new health center will be open in January and the organization renamed Lakes Region Mental Health Center.

For more information or to support Genesis Behavioral Health, contact Ann E. Nichols, director of development and public relations, at 603-524-110, ext. 445, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..