McLEAN ANNUAL AWARD
McLean Recognizes Author and National Council Member Patricia Cornwell
On June 22, 2012, best-selling author Patricia Cornwell received the McLean Award for her efforts to raise public awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness.
Cornwell is a member of the McLean Hospital National Council, a group of advocates, ambassadors and philanthropists dedicated to the hospital’s mission of improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through her psychologically complex characters, which are informed by her relationship and work with McLean, Cornwell is pushing psychiatric illness to the forefront of everyday conversation. By speaking openly about her own challenges, she has sent a powerful and encouraging message to all who are affected by psychiatric illness.
Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean president and psychiatrist in chief, presented Cornwell with the award before an audience of friends, supporters and staff at the hospital’s Annual Dinner in Boston. She delivered a poignant and inspirational address, reminding everyone that they all can make a difference in the perception and understanding of mental health issues.
“To have someone of Patricia Cornwell’s stature stand before us and share her own psychological challenges gives us great optimism and hope,” said Dr. Rauch.