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ECT Gave Me My Life Back

Brian Neville is a 54-year-old Massachusetts resident who was treated for depression at McLean Hospital. The memory is as fresh today as the feeling that night six years ago when I got up at around 2:30am and headed into the kitchen for a snack. It was as if a switch went off—but not the lights. It was the depression that had enveloped me for six years suddenly lifting. And every day...

Deconstructing Stigma: I’m a Survivor

The following story features Robert, a participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark conversation. To learn more, visit DeconstructingStigma.org. Robert is an...

Deconstructing Stigma: Therapy Truly Saved My Life

The following story features Ivy, a participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark conversation. To learn more, visit DeconstructingStigma.org. An “evil...

Patient Story: Aaron

Watch Aaron’s story on how he was diagnoses with borderline personality disorder and taught the skills he needs to manage his mental illness.

Deconstructing Stigma: We Save Each Other

The following story features Mary S., a 16-year-old student from Massachusetts and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark conversation. To learn more,...

Patient Story: April

April’s mom recalls that it was sophomore year in college when “things started to fall apart.” By the time her parents arrived at school to take her to the emergency room, April was experiencing a severe first onset of psychosis.

Running Against Stigma, Not Away From It

On April 17, 2017, Ana Febres-Cordero, a suicide survivor, and her father Rafael ran the Boston Marathon to support public awareness and outreach programs focused on eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. Ana was inspired to partner with McLean Hospital to develop Deconstructing Stigma: Ana’s Marathon Fund because of a shared mission to eliminate the obstacles that discourage...

Deconstructing Stigma: Remember to Live in the Moment

The following story features Meghan, a 27-year-old nanny in Massachusetts and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Learn more at DeconstructingStigma.org. A trip to the local market could send Meg into a severe state of panic. “Just going to the grocery store and paying for things—that interaction,...

Paying It Forward

Ten years ago, then 27-year-old Mike Muccio thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke. His heart raced, he was dizzy, off-balance, and felt like he was dying—and it kept happening. With his parents at his side, Mike spent the next nine months in and out of physician’s offices with no concrete diagnosis. When a doctor finally suggested the psychiatric ER at Massachusetts...

Brudnick Family Funds Adolescent Depression Research

Irving Brudnick’s struggle with chronic depression began in his late teens and, according to his widow, Betty, the disease troubled him for much of his adult life. A successful businessman, educator, and philanthropist, Brudnick was passionate about putting his time and charitable resources toward causes that meant a great deal to him, including violence prevention, conflict resolution,...

Patient Story: Wayne

Wayne is a former patient at McLean’s LEADER program which offers substance abuse and trauma care for first responders. Learn about Wayne’s story.

Deconstructing Stigma: Finding a Way to Recover from Mental Illness

The following story features Joe F., a 33-year-old author from New York and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark conversation. To learn more, visit...

Patient Story: Chris

Chris received treatment at McLean’s Signature Recovery Program, Fernside. Watch Chris’ story of recovery.

Deconstructing Stigma: Revealing Leads to Healing

The following story features Brandon Marshall, a 33-year-old NFL wide receiver, co-founder of PROJECT 375, and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark...

Deconstructing Stigma: Novel Therapy

The following story features Luanne Rice, a 60-year-old novelist and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. “My throat hurt. I was holding back tears and words.” For Luanne, writing is therapeutic. She creates characters in her best-selling novels that are rich in the dark experiences of her own life....

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