May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Be an Advocate

May 9, 2019

Raising awareness to eliminate stigma is a fundamental element of McLean’s mission to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by psychiatric illness. This month—Mental Health Awareness Month—offers a special opportunity to reflect on how we as a community can better serve those living with mental illness.

We all have the power to be advocates.

Speak Out and Speak Up

Share Your Story

Open discourse is a powerful way to help others feel less alone and to inspire those in need to seek help. Deconstructing Stigma, McLean Hospital’s mental health awareness campaign, features stories of people throughout the United States who have been affected by mental illness. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges misconceptions about people with mental illness.

Would you like to tell your story? Visit our Deconstructing Stigma: Tell Your Story page to fill out a short form. If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Adriana Bobinchock.

Would you like to have your story featured in one of our Development Office’s communications? Contact Sally Spiers to inquire about sharing your story in an upcoming publication.

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Share your story, lend a hand, educate others, give back: be an mental health advocate

Lend a Hand

Do you know someone who is living with mental illness and could use help? Visit for tips on how to detect signs of mental illness and provide support.

Educate Others

Challenge friends, family, colleagues, or the media when they promote false beliefs or negative stereotypes. Visit our Deconstructing Stigma website to learn more about the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Give Back

Register to ride with Team McLean, volunteer, or support a rider at the annual Ride for Mental Health on June 22 and 23, 2019, in New Paltz, New York. The proceeds raised will be donated to McLean Hospital to support education, research, and treatment.

Give to McLean. Your gift helps us make a meaningful difference in the lives of those dealing with mental illness.

Thank you for being an advocate.

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