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Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall Honored by McLean

NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall received the 2018 McLean Award at the hospital’s annual dinner on June 1. McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, donned a Seattle Seahawks cap in homage to the breaking news that Marshall had just been drafted to the Seattle team. Rauch made this exciting announcement while acknowledging that it meant Marshall was unable to accept...

McLean Leaders Call for Expansion of Electronic Health Records in Psychiatric Care

In an essay to be published in the May 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), leaders from McLean Hospital make the case for expanding the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in psychiatric care. The authors report that psychiatric care providers have lagged behind the rest of the health care industry in adopting EHRs. This, they explain, has caused psychiatrists,...

Carol Vallone Named As Chair of the McLean Hospital Board of Trustees

Carol Vallone has succeeded David S. Barlow as chair of the McLean Hospital Board of Trustees, the hospital announced today. Vallone, who has been a member of the McLean board for 11 years, has had a stellar 19-year career launching, scaling, and selling market-leading online learning companies serving the higher education market. In a true example of her dedication to McLean, she has shifted...

Addressing the Consequences of Gun Violence & Trauma

One month ago today, our country was once again devastated by a senseless act of gun violence that has left the entire nation grieving the loss of innocent lives and thrown us into heated debates about constitutional rights, arming teachers, and mental illness and violence. I applaud the millions of students who peacefully demanded safer schools by walking out of class today and the people of all...

2017 McLean Award Honoree Elizabeth Vargas Speaks Out Against Stigma

Emmy award-winning journalist and television news anchor Elizabeth Vargas accepted the 2017 McLean Award at the hospital’s annual dinner on June 13. The McLean Award is given annually to an individual who has substantially raised public awareness and furthered the public’s understanding of behavioral and mental health issues. Ms. Vargas’ career spans multiple continents and...

McLean Named America’s #1 Hospital for Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is America’s best hospital for psychiatric care, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual “best hospitals” survey results released today. A complete list of the 2017 rankings is available online at usnews.com/besthospitals. McLean Hospital is proud to be ranked #1 in psychiatry by U.S....

Anonymous $2.5M Gift Launches Trauma Initiative at McLean

McLean Hospital has received a $2.5M anonymous gift to launch a new initiative aimed at accelerating the hospital’s clinical, research, and professional training activities in trauma-related disorders. The Initiative for Integrated Trauma Research, Care, and Training will create a platform on which to leverage McLean’s expertise and advance its leadership nationally and...

A Change in Thought Can Change a Life

They are musicians and librarians, fashion designers, fitness instructors, actors, athletes, and artists. They are sisters and wives, brothers and fathers, from New England and around the nation. What do they have in common? All have been affected by mental illness and its stigma and have been brought together as part of a national public awareness campaign sponsored by McLean Hospital, in...

Campaign for McLean Hospital Exceeds Expectations: Campaign Concludes Early, Eclipses $100M Goal

McLean concluded its largest and most comprehensive fundraising initiative on December 31, 2016, surpassing the $100M goal by $7M and ahead of schedule. From seeding new clinical programs to funding novel research, and from expanding infrastructure to attracting world-class leaders, the campaign’s impact is apparent across the hospital. “The campaign’s trajectory was phenomenal...

Deconstructing Stigma Wins Lifesaver Leadership Award

On May 5, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) awarded McLean Hospital the prestigious Lifesaver Leadership Award for our Deconstructing Stigma public awareness campaign. McLean’s President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, was on hand at the AFSP’s annual A Sip in the Park event at Fenway Park to accept the award. We are also honored that Deconstructing...

Remembering Cathie Cook

On January 10, 2017, Catharine “Cathie” Cook passed away after a courageous battle with ocular melanoma. For 17 years, Cathie led the McLean development office with passion, vision, and unyielding devotion to the hospital’s mission. She had an enormous impact on McLean and on the mental health field more broadly. “Cathie’s tireless work ethic, warm personality and...

Good Care Prompts Planned Gift

Brian Hyde and his partner of 40 years, Joe Fiorello, would like their gratitude to McLean to be evident long after they are gone. That’s why they decided that making a planned gift was the best way to ensure that their contribution will create impact for the long term. Planned gifts can be made in many different forms: Hyde and Fiorello chose a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT)—...

Deconstructing Stigma: McLean Launches National Public Awareness Campaign

In an unprecedented partnership, McLean Hospital is collaborating with Boston’s Logan International Airport and several mental health advocacy groups in a national public awareness campaign intended to change the way mental illness is perceived. “We were determined to develop a thought-provoking campaign that would be effective in reaching as many people as possible. We had the idea...

Deconstructing Stigma Campaign Launched at Logan

On Friday, December 9, McLean Hospital formally opened the Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life exhibit with a gala celebration at Boston Logan International Airport. The exhibit is part of our overarching Deconstructing Stigma mental health awareness and anti-stigma campaign, which is expected to reach several million people. Most of the participants in the...

Together, We Are Changing Thoughts About Mental Illness

I am pleased to introduce you to Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life. This public awareness campaign was developed by McLean Hospital in an effort to spark conversation not only about behavioral and mental health but also about the stigma that surrounds it. While we always had great aspirations for this project, we could never have predicted how moving it would be—...

New Art Exhibit Shines Light on Mental Illness in Unique Way

They are musicians and librarians, fashion designers and fitness instructors, actors, athletes and artists. They are sisters and wives, brothers and fathers, from New England and around the nation. What do they have in common? All have been affected by mental illness and its stigma, and are brought together in a beautiful and compelling new photographic exhibit debuting Friday, December 9 at...

The Consequences of Marijuana Legalization: A Behavioral and Mental Health Perspective

As clinicians and researchers at McLean Hospital, where we see individuals who have problems with marijuana use as well as other mental health conditions, we would like to provide information about the adverse health consequences of marijuana and its legalization for recreational use. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is proposed in Ballot Question 4. We believe that a “yes...

2016 McLean Award Honoree Judy Collins Makes Beautiful Music

Legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins received the 2016 McLean Award before more than 400 members of the McLean community at the hospital’s Annual Dinner on June 7, 2016. McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, introduced Ms. Collins, referring to her as an “absolute cultural icon whose soaring vocals exemplified the sounds of the folk revolution of the 1960s...

Pediatrician, Author, and Advocate Mark Vonnegut Addresses McLean’s Board of Visitors

Mark Vonnegut, pediatrician, author, son of the novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and mental health advocate who has bipolar disorder, was the keynote speaker at McLean’s Board of Visitor’s annual meeting May 4, telling the audience that the “return on investment of good mental health care is substantial” and that “people with mental illness do get better.”...

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