McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
Since 1991, the Jonathan O. Cole Mental Health Resource Consumer Center, the first of its kind in the nation, has helped countless individuals struggling with mental illness gain access to information and resources that help support their treatment, recovery, and transition back into the community. The Cole Center is dedicated to helping mental health consumers achieve full and healthy lives. To this end, consumers’ concerns are addressed with the compassion and pragmatism necessary to alleviate hardship and facilitate recovery.
Founded as a “consumer-to-consumer education and recovery community,” the Cole Center provides up to date educational materials, trainings, and media outreach to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. A national model for other resource centers that share a consumer-run approach and close partnership with the psychiatric community, the center was founded by and is staffed and operated entirely by volunteer mental health consumers who have themselves dealt successfully with mental illness.
The Cole Center is named after Jonathan O. Cole, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a senior consultant in psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital. Loved and admired by McLean Hospital staff, patients, family members, and friends, Dr. Cole was known internationally as an expert in the field of psychiatry and psychopharmacology (psychiatric medications).