Each of us has a story about who we are, the experiences that helped shape us and what moved us to be a part of the McLean community. Some of us have witnessed firsthand the pain, fear and uncertainty experienced by a loved one with psychiatric illness. Others have seen how stigma can be a caustic deterrent from preventing people from seeking psychiatric care. Each of us has been motivated by different circumstances, but despite the varied paths that led us to McLean, there is one common denominator—our collective drive to accomplish McLean’s mission of improving the lives of people with psychiatric illness and their families.
In 2013, we made great strides in fulfilling that mission—growing clinical programs, strengthening research, and increasing educational outreach to professionals, patients and families. As a team we have made meaningful progress, and through our expansion of services and our work in the community, we continue to respond to the needs of patients and families across Massachusetts and around the globe.
In this 2013 Annual Report, aptly titled A Year of Stories, you will meet a sampling of our dedicated team who make up the fabric of McLean. On the following pages, you will read their compelling stories, including these:
Collaborations Draw Top Researchers Leaders to McLean
Despite coming from very different places geographically, two of the world’s most esteemed neuroscientists—Vadim Bolshakov, PhD, and Uwe Rudolph, Dr med—found opportunity half the world away in the very same place: McLean Hospital.
Mastering Anxiety Disorders
The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program is one of only a handful of programs in the country to provide intensive and evidence-based treatment for youths suffering from debilitating anxiety disorders.
Promoting Wellness for Girls and Women
Through treatment, research and education that appreciate the biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that are unique to women, Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, and the clinicians within the Division of Women’s Mental Health are promoting wellness for girls and women throughout the life span.
Educating the Next Generation
As the newly named directors of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/ McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and the MGH/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program, Felicia Smith, MD, and David Rubin, MD, are dedicated to providing unparalleled training and guidance to tomorrow’s psychiatric leaders.
Reaching a New Audience Through Social Media
United States President Barack Obama recently called for a national dialogue about mental health. In support of the president’s charge, McLean Hospital launched its first social media campaign with the goal of encouraging more public conversation about mental health and reducing the stigma with which it is often associated.
Endowed Chair Provides Resources to Deliver on McLean’s Mission
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo want to make a difference in the lives of people with psychiatric illness. Through their continued support of McLean Hospital, including making a generous gift to establish the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, they are doing just that.