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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Be an Advocate

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...

Podcast: Mental Illness, Divorce, and Raising a Family With Amy

Today Trevor shares an update on his progress over the last few weeks and talks about the discomfort of being open and vulnerable. Then we talk to Amy (13:02), one of the first participants in our Deconstructing Stigma public awareness campaign. Amy explains how her job as a librarian gave her a sense of control at work when things felt so out of control at home. Amy then talks candidly and...

Podcast: OCD and Hoarding With Jeff Szymanski

In this week’s episode, Trevor talks openly about how his problems staying mindful and present have led to some significant changes in his medication regimen and recalls a particularly difficult time in his life when a certain med he was taking led to some serious physical issues and an embarrassing emergency room visit. Then we talk to Jeff Szymanski, PhD, executive director of the...

Podcast: From Coma to Captain With Wayne Torres

To Wayne Torres (08:00) who will celebrate his fifth year of sobriety this November, it always seemed normal to him to use alcohol to celebrate special events, to cope with stress, and just because. To help manage the difficulty of his job as a lieutenant at a correctional facility, Wayne would drink for 4-5 hours a day: drinking wasn’t a pleasure for Wayne, it was a necessity. After branding...

Neuroscience Outreach Program Shows Why Brains Matter

Although the brain is central to all that we do, sense, and feel, it’s surprising how little most of us know about how the brain works. That’s why a group of us at McLean Hospital created Brains Matter—an educational neuroscience outreach program. By bringing our expertise—along with actual brain samples—to classrooms, meetings, and public events, we hope to increase understanding of the brain...

Should You Take a Mental Health Day?

There has been much discussion lately about whether it’s okay to take a day or two off to attend to your mental health. As a psychologist, I’m certainly an advocate of doing whatever you need to do—without shame or hesitation—to take care of your mental health. While the stigma surrounding mental health is certainly a factor in pressuring people to not take enough time off to maintain a healthy...

McLean Hospital Launches Collaboration With Maine State Prison

McLean Hospital’s Deconstructing Stigma team traveled to Maine this month to formally launch its partnership with the Maine Department of Corrections (MEDOC) to address mental health needs among inmates and corrections staff. McLean aims to help the MEDOC increase accessibility to and strengthen their mental health services through a curriculum that includes consultations, specialized education...

‘Outrunning the Demons’ Profiles Deconstructing Stigma Participant Ana Febres-Cordero

Ana Febres-Cordero, who took part in McLean Hospital’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign, is featured in a new book about running, mental health, and recovery. The book, Outrunning the Demons, was written by Phil Hewitt, a marathon runner who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was mugged and beaten in 2016. In the book, Hewitt tells his own story and shares stories from 34 other...

Podcast: Dissociative Identity Disorder With Robert Oxnam

From the outside, Robert Oxnam (19:51) had it all. He was successful in high school and college, earned a PhD, had a thriving career and was married with two children. What was completely hidden from everyone was the inner torment he was experiencing. In 1990, Robert was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), a condition associated with post-traumatic stress due to severe physical...

Podcast: Trauma, Resiliency, and Moving Forward With Randall Liberty

Today’s podcast is a particularly emotional one. Trevor talks with Randall Liberty (02:14), commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections and a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign. Randall is no stranger to trauma. As a child, he watched his mother experience frequent bouts of domestic violence from his alcoholic father. As an adult, he has been witness to the scene of...

Podcast: Drugs, Trauma, and Acceptance With Charles King

Today, Trevor shares how depression manifests itself physically in his body. Then we talk to Charles King (09:20), a participant in McLean's Deconstructing Stigma campaign whose story was too compelling not to share. Charles bravely shares his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. As the son of drug addicted parents, Charles...

Podcast: Relationships and Mental Health With Kirsten Bolton

As Valentine’s Day draws near, love is in the air and on our minds. Today, Trevor talks candidly about the difficulty his mental illnesses can cause in his dating life. Then we talk to Kirsten Bolton, LICSW, program director of McLean OnTrack (8:01) who discusses romantic and familial relationships and how mental illness diagnoses can affect them. She also recalls a patient struggling with the...

Cricket Legend Shane Warne Attends Opening of “Exploring Brain and Mental Health” Exhibit at the Nehru Science Centre

The “Exploring Brain and Mental Health” exhibit opened at the Nehru Science Centre (NSC) in Mumbai, India, on Monday, February 11, 2019. Developed by McLean Hospital, a leading psychiatric hospital in the United States, in collaboration with the NSC and the Dr. N.S. Vahia Foundation, the exhibit aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. The exhibit features interesting information...

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...

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