The increase of public awareness is a crucial positive aspect of our nation’s mental health crisis. It is an important step in the right direction. But we also need effective treatments backed by solid research and delivered by skilled caregivers. Even with all of that, we need ongoing efforts to reduce stigma and increase access to care.
These are all vital aspects of McLean’s mission, and in this edition of Horizons, we share stories about each of them.
You’ll read about a substantial gift to neuroscience research—which was celebrated this spring, along with the philanthropists who made it happen and the brilliant researcher who will shepherd the work for years to come.
We also share a story about our Division of Women’s Mental Health and the vital training that donors are supporting for clinicians and researchers in this young field.
And, after a three-year hiatus, we celebrate the in-person re-convening of the McLean Board of Visitors. The joyful reunion brought together old friends and new for a day of connection, learning, and support.
Lastly, we hear from a man whose goal is to be the best caregiver he can be and to share what he’s learned with others. He also expresses his gratitude to McLean with a legacy gift that honors his loved one.
Read the Articles
Celebrating a New Era in Psychiatric Research
“It’s an honor and a responsibility to live up to the traditions of everyone whose work and dreams have been supported by the Rappaport Foundation in the fields of medical research, the arts, and public policy,” said Bill Carlezon, PhD, chief of McLean’s Rappaport Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience Research, in his remarks at an event celebrating the Rappaport Foundation’s transformational gift to McLean.
Understanding Gender Differences in Mental Illness
Late in her medical residency, Amanda Sedgewick, DO, was running treatment groups for women with substance use disorders. Patients would disappear from treatment for weeks at a time and Sedgewick realized they were in abusive relationships—which was keeping them away from the clinic. So, she began addressing the abuse—enlisting the assistance of a domestic violence shelter, police, and free legal services.
McLean Board of Visitors Convenes in a Day of Learning and Connection
After two years of gathering virtually, the McLean Board of Visitors came together in person on May 3, 2023, for the group’s annual meeting. For many, it was a reunion of sorts—old friends getting reacquainted after a prolonged absence and new members introducing themselves and forming connections.