Mclean Hospital
Philanthropy at McLean


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.

Other Ways to Give - Options for charitable gifts include targeted giving and tribute gifts.

You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by psychiatric illness. Express your support of McLean now by making a secure online gift.

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Mail Stop 126
Belmont, MA 02478-9106
Phone: 617.855.3415

Donor News and Patient Stories

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

Impact Report

The $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital was McLean’s first comprehensive philanthropic campaign. Ending early and over goal, more than 6,000 supporters contributed to the campaign. Every gift, large and small, helped the hospital go “Above and Beyond” expectations. Our report on the impact of this effort outlines how it has advanced McLean’s mission of improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Campaign goes above and beyond

Mac Dorris with Drs. Ressler and Rauch

Mac Dorris had a vision to create a charity bike ride for mental health, and within a short six months of intensive planning, Mac hosted The Ride for Mental Health—the first of what he hopes will be an annual event to help change how people think about mental illness. He had two immediate goals: to enlist 100 cyclists in the inaugural ride and to raise $100,000 for McLean. He met both!

Ride for mental health


“It felt like I was high on my own brain.” – April

April’s mom recalls that it was sophomore year in college when “things started to fall apart.” By the time her parents arrived at school to take her to the emergency room, April was experiencing a severe first onset of psychosis.

April arrived at McLean for treatment and soon joined McLean OnTrackTM, a program specializing in the early recognition and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders and other conditions presenting with psychosis or mania with psychosis.

At OnTrack, both April and her parents felt supported and understood, and things began to improve. Today, April is a peer specialist and has created a supportive community around herself.

“If I am able to help and support others along the way, then that’s what I want to do.”

Watch April’s story

Trustey family

McLean is home to a number of prominent clinicians who provide some of the country’s most specialized care for individuals suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its researchers are leading the scientific front by exploring the environmental, genetic, and neurobiological components of trauma-related disorders. And the hospital has a growing effort to disseminate models of trauma-informed care across the full spectrum of its clinical programs.

Now, a $2.5 million anonymous gift will create opportunities to augment and integrate these efforts, with the goal of making meaningful advances through trauma research, care, and training.

Gift propels trauma research, care, and training to new levels

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 NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and accepted by his wife, Michi.

McLean Award recipients


Horizons Fall 2017

The Fall 2018 edition of Horizons features the latest in philanthropic updates and innovative new initiatives at the forefront of mental health care and research at McLean.

Read more in Horizons