But Kathryn McNulty, director of consumer affairs for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Washington, said mental illness was surrounded by stigma.
"There is an expectation that people with mental illness will be overweight, will smoke and will have a low activity level," she
And the reality is that many also are poor: "It is hard enough to buy good quality food," McNulty
"It is out of the question to join a gym."
Although medication can convey "remarkable effects in terms of mental health," McNulty
said, many of the drugs prescribed for mental illness cause people to gain weight.
"Keene sounds like heaven," said McNulty
, who said she knew of no other comprehensive program like Monadnock In SHAPE Lifestyles.