Mclean Hospital

McLean Hospital and Universidad San Francisco de Quito Collaboration

Education and Outreach in Quito, Ecuador


Clinicians sit at a conference in a tiered lecture hall

McLean Hospital and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) are collaborating to develop innovative and engaging campaigns to enhance mental health education throughout Ecuador. The partnership aims to increase mental health awareness, while reducing the stigma too often associated with psychiatric disorders.

Why Is McLean Doing Work in Ecuador?

Education and advocacy are key elements of the McLean mission. The hospital has a deep-seated commitment to improving knowledge and understanding of psychiatric disorders and their treatments globally.

McLean bring its expertise internationally through a thoughtful, multipronged approach that includes public and professional education. The hospital is working toward enhancing the overall knowledge of brain health and encouraging compassion and understanding for individuals living with psychiatric disorders.

Professional Training

McLean Hospital and USFQ presented a multi-day conference in Quito. The event focused on providing mental health clinicians with a review of best practices and opportunities to learn from case studies. In-depth trainings were presented on some of today’s most advanced clinical treatments for depression, anxiety, substance misuse, and self-harm. At the end of the conference, participants were more confident in their ability to diagnose and treat some of the more common psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults.

Public Outreach

McLean Hospital and USFQ hosted an “ask the experts” session that was attended by members of the public. During these roundtable discussions, McLean Hospital and USFQ experts discussed what every parent, student, and educator should know about mental health. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide prevention, and substance misuse were explored. Audience members asked their toughest questions and shared their own insights, as we worked to increase mental health awareness and reduce its stigma.

Impact of the Collaboration

Through partnerships with McLean’s international collaborators, such as USFQ, McLean is delivering on its pledge to improve access to high-quality psychiatric care, research, and education by educating the world.

Facts About Mental Health in Ecuador

  • Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Ecuador, followed by anxiety, stress, and substance misuse
  • Mental health stigma has a negative affect across the country and impacts the level of support and treatment that people receive
  • Suicide is the first leading cause of death among teen girls and the fourth leading cause among men
  • Ecuadorian men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide

Our Partners

USFQ is the highest-ranked university in Ecuador and is ranked number 57 in Latin America. Each year, it welcomes 8,393 undergraduate and graduate students representing more than 80 nationalities and countries (including 500 indigenous students and 1,000 international students). The university encompasses 967 teachers and staff, 10 colleges and academic schools, and 51 careers.

The USFQ is classified in the highest category (Category A) by the National Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education and is the only fully private university in Ecuador in this category.