Mclean Hospital
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.

Ways to Give

Mary Belknap Society

Leadership Annual Giving - Unrestricted gifts support a range of programs and help launch initiatives.

John McLean Society

Legacy Giving - Leave a lasting gift through your estate plan.

Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council

Support mental health in women and girls.

More Ways

Options for charitable gifts include targeted giving and tribute gifts.

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 has become a global virtual effort, Together ... Apart. Though we can’t gather this year, you can help raise funds from May 22-September 7. Sign up now to be a part of “Team McLean.”

Join The Ride for Mental Health

COVID-19 Fund

Treatment at McLean

As words of gratitude and encouragement flood in to McLean from across the country, many have asked how they might help the hospital weather this challenging time. In response, McLean has launched a new philanthropic effort to buoy the extraordinary work of the clinical and frontline staff.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will help McLean meet the many new financial demands of this unprecedented crisis while we continue to provide world-class care to those who turn to McLean for help and hope each day.

Support McLean during COVID-19

Bob’s Story

Patient Bob

After battling alcohol addiction and co-occurring bipolar disorder, Bob began to exhibit symptoms of significant short-term memory loss and a subsequent deep depressive episode.

Bob and his wife Donna finally found McLean and met with Dr. Brent Forester, who was able to help stabilize Bob’s mood. Dr. Forester then enrolled him a federally funded study, the IDEAS Trial, which used an amyloid PET scan to identify amyloid plaque on Bob’s brain—a sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bob continues to receive care through McLean’s geriatric services. He is grateful for the consistency and high level of care at McLean, “I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

Watch Bob’s story

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


Woman holds handwritten sign "Hope"

The Summer 2020 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.

Read more in Horizons

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