The Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery counties offers a wide variety of programs and services throughout the counties. One of its many programs is the Compeer Program, servicing adults and youth in Montgomery County. For many people living with mental illness, there is often loneliness and isolation; however, having a "Compeer" can help alleviate those feelings. A Compeer is a companion, a mentor and a friend. The Compeers are trained, community volunteers who show interest in being mentors. Compeers often become positive role models, facilitate social and communication skills, and encourage independence for their Compeer friend. The Compeer Program offers the opportunity to help a child through the difficult childhood and teenage years, or an adult in need of emotional support and companionship.