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McLean’s Speakers Bureau Works to Make a Local Impact

December 1, 2014 Print

McLean Hospital's speakers' bureau is a community service that helps to educate the public about a variety of mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. For the past 14 years, McLean's doctors, therapists, and nurses have spoken to schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, and corporations, helping to raise awareness and eliminate social stigma.

The speakers' bureau is an opportunity to inform audiences throughout Great Boston and the outlying suburbs about mental illness, new research underway, different treatments that are available, and support groups and resources that are offered for families.

While many McLean doctors and therapists are available to go out into the community, organizations are asked to give as much lead time as possible regarding the date of their events and to provide any specific requests pertaining to the presentation.

Some examples of McLean's speakers in the community include:

  • Dr. Jim Ellison, director of McLean's geriatric department, recently gave a presentation to the Arlington Council on Aging about depression in older adults. He also provided a free depression screening after the presentation.
  • For the past few years, a psychiatric nurse from McLean has been a presenter at the North Shore Medical Center's annual nursing conference.
  • For more than 10 years, McLean has been providing speakers for MITRE corporation’s employee speaker series.

McLean experts have also given presentations at Winchester High School and Lowell General Medical Educations Department.

To learn more about McLean’s Speakers Bureau, contact Laura Neves at 617.855.2110 or at lneves1@partners.org