Since its founding in 2016, McLean Hospital’s WellSpace program has expanded to provide more support and education to young adults who have had experiences with psychosis.
According to WellSpace Coordinator Stephen Fedele, the program has grown from “offering just two groups one-and-a-half days a week” to offering “a wide range of activities, held a full five days a week and serving between 20 and 30 participants every week.”
Located in McLean’s Admissions Building, WellSpace is a day program providing recreational and educational activities and groups to individuals ages 18 to 30.
The program was developed in conjunction with McLean OnTrackTM, which specializes in early psychosis recognition and treatment for young adults.
Fedele explained that some of WellSpace’s groups are “substantive and helpful, some are therapeutic, some are fun.” Group sessions include “Brain Training,” which addresses multiple facets of cognition, and “Life Skills,” which helps develop social, interpersonal, scholastic, financial, and organizational abilities.
Participants can also join groups focused on game therapy, mediation, vocational skills, and wellness.
In addition, WellSpace lets individuals simply “drop in” and benefit from a welcoming environment where they can share their stories and experiences with other young adults. The program is free of charge and made possible through philanthropy.