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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.

Researchers Call for a Unified Approach to Preventing Suicides and Other Self-Injury Deaths

Self-injury mortality (SIM), a composite of all methods of suicide and estimated non-suicide deaths from drug self-intoxication, has surpassed diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, prompting researchers to call for a new unified approach to SIM prevention. “It is time to end the siloed approach to prevention,” said Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD, clinical...

Spring Nurses’ Day Conference Focuses on Suicide Prevention

Continuing its long tradition of offering twice-a-year professional development opportunities, the McLean Hospital Nursing Department presented its Spring 2018 Nurses’ Day Conference on Friday, May 11, in Pierce Hall. The daylong program, titled “Preventing Suicide: The Intersection of Public Health and Psychiatric Nursing,” examined state and federal suicide prevention programs...

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...

McLean Clinicians Assist with Theatrical Production About Depression and Suicide

Through the month of March, Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting “Every Brilliant Thing,” a one-character play that looks at the issues surrounding suicide. Each Thursday during the run of the show, the company is hosting post-performance discussion sessions in which audience members can talk about their experiences with depression and suicide. Clinicians from McLean...

Suicide Prevention Walk: Deconstructing Stigma

62 McLean employees and guests participated in the annual 3-mile American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Walk—and helped us deconstruct stigma—in Brighton’s Artesani Park on October 29. Along with helping AFSP to raise more than $200,000, nearly 100 walkers from our team and other teams posted messages on our Deconstructing Stigma wall about what they are doing to...

Too Many Self-Inflicted Deaths

Self-inflicted injury is now the 8th leading cause of mortality, while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s a stunning number of people dying by their own hand in one form or another, and in addition to galvanizing public health prevention efforts, these statistics pose an urgent need to identify root causes and more effective treatment systems....

Walking to Raise Awareness

A month before the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness walk in Boston, flyers and signs begin popping up throughout the McLean Hospital campus—it’s an early sign of fall and it also signals that Mary Beth Traynor, executive secretary for the Department of Managed Care, has started her annual campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention...

Know the Facts About Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which helps shine a light on a topic that is often not discussed out of fear and stigma. According to Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at McLean Hospital, the recent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams served as a stark reminder that we have a long way to go in helping people at serious risk for self...

Death of Robin Williams Puts Spotlight on Suicide

We are all stunned and saddened by the apparent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams and our collective hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. While we remember his enormous talent and the joy that he brought so many of us throughout his career, we should also take this time to engage in much-needed conversations about suicide and mental health. According to reports, Mr. Williams...

Ralph J. Buonopane, PhD

Since 2000, Ralph J. Buonopane, PhD, has led the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. The program brings together a team of colleagues from the two hospitals to meet the needs of youth in severe psychiatric crisis. Long recognized as a model program for its trauma sensitive, low restraint, family-centered model of care, the...

Mark Robart, LICSW

Mr. Robart began his career at McLean Hospital in 1977 while attending graduate school at Boston University. During his thirty five years at McLean, Mr. Robart has held significant leadership roles in both clinical and administrative positions. His work has focused on developing and implementing residential treatment and partial hospitalization programs for adults with a wide spectrum of...

Matthew A. Robinson, PhD

Matthew A. Robinson, PhD, is a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He provides individual, group, and couples treatment for trauma-related disorders within the Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder (LEADER) Outpatient Clinic’s Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma Track. As a member of the Dissociative Disorders and...

Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD

Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD is the medical director of the Short Term Unit, North in the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. His main areas of interest include mood disorders, suicide, college mental health, medical education, stigma reduction and cross-cultural psychiatry. He serves on the Patient Family Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Stigma Committee at McLean. Dr....

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in the Gunderson Outpatient Program and the Adult Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, and an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. She is also a psychoanalyst and member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and faculty of Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. As a...