Our Mission Statement 

Fairwinds—Nantucket’s Counseling Center provides confidential, quality professional care to adults and youth on Nantucket who seek mental health and addiction services. All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay.

Sixty Years

About 65 years ago, members of the Nantucket community gathered to discuss the critical need for an organization that could serve as a source of hope for those islanders who were affected by mental health issues. Since that time, formally incorporated under the name Family & Children’s Services of Nantucket in 1962, we have worked tirelessly to create an organization that could serve as a safe place for our patients and stand as a symbol of hope for the island.


As a non-profit agency with a rich history, we’ve unfortunately experienced challenges in recent years. However, we can proudly say that these challenges have dramatically strengthened us, and the resulting changes have provided us with even greater opportunities to grow and expand our effectiveness and outreach. Our current reputation is one of outstanding moral character and an overall devotion to helping our fellow islanders. Under our new name, with strong leadership and clarity of direction, we are excited about where these fair winds will take us.

As we’ve grown, we have kept pace with changes, and expanded our service offerings to meet the needs of our constantly changing island population. Throughout our history, we have always been focused on the continuing development of an experienced and dedicated professional staff to serve the mental health and substance abuse problems that affect our tiny island 30 miles out to sea. Fairwinds remains the oldest and largest non-profit mental health and substance abuse agency and counseling center on Nantucket.

For more information regarding our history, services or mission, we ask that you please give us a call or stop by our offices. We would love to hear from you.