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Betty Brudnick surrounded by her two daughters


The support of people like you has helped make McLean the top psychiatric hospital in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

Your gift enables McLean to provide compassionate care, educate and train professionals, conduct cutting-edge research, and advance the field of mental health.

Donor News and Patient Stories

Philanthropy news, patient stories, and more about inspiring members of the McLean community.

The Ride for Mental Health

The Ride for Mental Health

What started as an experiment has turned into a flourishing annual event that is changing the conversation about mental illness. Mac Dorris founded The Ride for Mental Health to support McLean, but also to pay tribute to his son Eric, who died at age 21 and who had struggled with mental illness.

The 2020 Ride is scheduled for June 27-28 in New Paltz, New York. Cyclists can choose courses of varying lengths through the gorgeous terrain of the Hudson Valley. Sign up now to be a part of “Team McLean.”

Join The Ride for Mental Health

Women’s Mental Health

Treatment at McLean

The need for novel, evidence-based care that addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and women is profound. McLean’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health focuses on wide-ranging efforts to provide world-class mental health care for women and girls throughout their lives.

A national leader in this emerging field, the center brings together an array of professionals with a wide range of psychiatric and scientific expertise whose collaborative efforts are improving the lives of girls and women—and their families.

Women’s mental health

Becca’s Story

Patient Aaron

At the end of high school Becca assumed that she, like her twin sister, should go straight to college. Initially, things went well, but she soon began to struggle and needed to return home.

After receiving treatment for bipolar disorder at McLean’s Appleton program, Becca felt ready to explore the idea of college again.

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker encouraged Becca to attend weekly groups through the College Mental Health Program, which helped her successfully navigate a return to school and receive her degree.

“The group was hope… If I had not gone through the Bridge to Campus group, I have absolutely no idea [where I would be now.] It was life changing.”

Watch Becca’s journey to health

A Legacy Made Simple

Trustey family

Did you know that you can support McLean Hospital without writing a check?

Many people tell us they would like to do more philanthropically for McLean, but are financially constrained by other obligations. A simple way you can make a gift—regardless of your age or income—is to name McLean as a partial or sole beneficiary of certain assets you own, like your retirement plan, life insurance policy, or bank account.

“In addition to supporting McLean now, my wife Deirdre and I wanted to make a gift to McLean at my death. We were advised that the most tax efficient method to do this was directly from my IRA.” says W. Lloyd Snyder III, McLean Trustee, pictured above.

Learn more about legacy gifts and the John McLean Society

McLean Award

McLean Award

The McLean Award is given to those who have raised awareness about mental health. This year, the honor was given to international recording artist and actor Selena Gomez.

McLean Award recipients



The Fall 2019 edition of Horizons features the latest in philanthropic updates and innovative new initiatives at the forefront of mental health care, research, and training at McLean.

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