Philanthropy Related Content

Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Q&A With Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP

Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP, newly minted chief of McLean’s Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has a big vision. His enthusiasm and passion are contagious. Dickstein, a physician-scientist who is uniquely triple board-certified in pediatrics, adult psychiatry...

McLean Offers Support and Expertise to Massachusetts Schools

After a two-week stay at a psychiatric facility, a ninth-grader was scheduled to return to school. But she begged to be allowed to stay home that first day, and her parents acquiesced, worried that returning too soon would trigger a rehospitalization. A day turned into a week, and the school...

Improving Child and Adolescent Care With “Big Data”

All too often, getting to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for a mental health disorder is a time-consuming, confusing, and stressful progression of guesswork, trial and error, and missed opportunities. This painful scenario is only intensified when it’s a child who is struggling. Dr. Alex De...

One Donor Offers a Lifetime of Support

Philanthropy is often an expression of connection and meaning, and for Joan Collins, giving to McLean has been about both gratitude and reducing stigma. From gifts to improve patient comfort to bolstering research and supporting the hospital overall with unrestricted gifts, Collins has been an...

Horizons – Winter 2023

The landscape of mental health treatment and research is ever-changing, as are the ways in which McLean continues to transform itself to meet the increasing needs in this field. Our venerable and long-lived organization continues to reinvent itself, expanding services, enhancing treatments...

Teaching Kids How To Manage Anxiety and Families How To Help

As some reports suggest that anxiety disorders may have more than doubled during the pandemic, the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) has been at the vanguard of treating children and adolescents who struggle with a wide range of disorders, including social anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia...

A Lifetime of Giving: One Family’s Legacy

For nearly three decades, Nancy Black Simches has been an ardent and steadfast supporter of McLean Hospital. Thoughtful and strategic, her philanthropy has furthered the tripartite mission of McLean and its commitment to improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness....

A Bequest and Two Books From a Grateful Patient

There are very few photos of Bob Peebles. An avid photographer, Bob was always the person behind the camera. He was attached to his three bulldogs and was happiest while outdoors—playing tennis, skiing, and fishing for trout in the Adirondacks, where his family had a summer home. But most of all, he...

McLean’s Three New Trustees Bring a Wealth of Experience and Expertise

Cathy E. Minehan, former board chair of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and former president of the Federal Reserve Bank, Valerie Mosley, CFA, founder of BrightUp and former partner at Wellington Management Company, and Chandra Ramanathan, PhD, MBA, executive-in-residence at Mass General...

Horizons – Summer 2022

In our summer edition of Horizons, we share stories that highlight the myriad ways legacies can be built—from philanthropy to service to innovative clinical care. Our cover story highlights one donor’s three-decades-long trust in McLean and willingness to associate the family name with McLean...

Improving Quality of Life for Patients Starts With Supporting Caregivers

Dementia. The mere mention of cognitive decline is usually enough to send chills down the spines of older Americans and their family members. While there is broad recognition of the devastating impact of living with illnesses that include symptoms affecting memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s...

Rappaport Gift Is Culmination of Two Decades of Basic Neuroscience Support

Phyllis and Jerry Rappaport have always taken two things very seriously: McLean Hospital’s leadership in neuroscience research and the importance of emerging leaders in advancing the field of psychiatry. As evidence, and as a capstone to a 20-year relationship with the hospital, the couple has...

Personal Experience Paves the Path to One Couple’s Dedication

Carroll and Bob Pierce understand the heartache of trying to help family members with mental health concerns. Two of their four daughters began experiencing anxiety when they were in middle school. “We had zero idea what anxiety was when our first daughter was diagnosed. I cannot overstate our...

Selena Gomez’s Foundation Helps Expand Educational Outreach to Teens

Singer, actress, producer, and founder of Rare Beauty Selena Gomez uses her celebrity status and expansive platform to bring awareness to mental health. Now, her Rare Impact Fund has donated $100,000 to McLean to fund a series of free educational webinars targeting young people as well as the people...

Riding To Restore Hope

In 2019, a group of six friends from the Boston area—all women, all mothers—signed up for the third annual Ride for Mental Health. That first year, it was all about a ‘women’s weekend’ and getting away from the responsibilities of daily life. They decided to tackle the 25-mile route—some with more...

PACT Extends Its Reach To Underserved Communities

McLean’s Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) strives to provide customized, person-centered care in the community. Serving people that primarily have chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the program’s goal is to help people live fulfilling, independent lives...

Addressing the Surging Psychiatric Needs of Youth

“Thank you for everything. I thought I’d lost her.” As the program director at McLean’s newly launched adolescent inpatient program in Middleborough, Massachusetts, Joyce Velt, LICSW, has had dozens of notes, letters, and phone calls from grateful parents expressing similar sentiments. The idea of...