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What started as an experiment has turned into a flourishing annual event that is changing the conversation about mental illness. Five years ago, 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 2021 Ride is now a global virtual effort, this year with a hopeful hybrid model. Registration is now open. Sign up now to be a part of “Team McLean.”
Shortly before Jonathan Brooking died by suicide at age 28, he told his mother Ruth: “If you ever have money to donate, give it to mental health research.” Years before, Jonathan suffered a severe psychotic break and was hospitalized at McLean, where he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
“To see Jonathan felled by this illness was a sad and shocking experience for us all,” said his sister Liz Brooking. “He had always been so strong, sensitive, and creative. The disease made him a different person.”
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.”
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.
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.
The Winter 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.
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