Despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic, 2020 was a year of robust activity for the Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council, a group of women that has been gathering for years to discuss topics of mental health.
Established in 2016, the group comes together to learn from McLean experts about mental health concerns specific to women and girls. Members provide philanthropic support for the hospital’s pioneering work in the field.
Built into their signature program, the On Women’s Minds luncheon series, is time for participants to candidly share their own experiences—or those of loved ones—with mental health issues. An important byproduct of the program is destigmatizing these types of conversations.
The council began modestly, with a couple dozen members gathering for lunch at someone’s home, listening to McLean clinicians and researchers share their work. Today, membership has grown to more than 100, and the group has created a junior membership for women under 35, adding 21 young women to its roster. The council now sponsors a more informal coffee series too.