The McLean Board of Visitors (BoV) gathers annually to connect and learn about current innovations in research, clinical care, and training at McLean. Sally Lee is a longtime member of the group and a former patient at McLean. She credits the hospital for saving her life and now pays it forward through advocacy, philanthropy, and enthusiastic involvement in the BoV.
Lee appreciates the annual meetings as an opportunity to share her perspective and hear that of others. “For me, the Board of Visitors is a group that helps reduce the stigma of a mental illness, which I’d like to see go away once and for all,” said Lee.
This group of nearly 200 individuals hails from all over the United States and shares a deep interest in mental health issues and a keen dedication to McLean. Like Lee, they serve as ambassadors and advocates, and many support the hospital through philanthropic giving.
Because of the pandemic, the popular gathering did not occur in 2020, and the ability to gather and reconnect was missed. This past spring, with the pandemic waning, but not yet in our rear-view mirrors, the group gathered virtually.
The May 5 meeting saw record attendance with nearly 100 guests logging in to participate, learn, ask questions, and share stories and personal experiences. “The session was fantastic! I wanted more time. So interesting and so relevant,” said one new member.