Boldly Breaking Stigma: A Doctor’s Path To Healing

A lot of us feel alone in the ways we suffer,” says Dr. Lakshman Swamy. “But it doesn’t have to be that way.”  A pulmonary and critical care physician, Dr. Swamy did not think of himself as someone who needed mental health support: “My attitude was: I’m an ICU doc, I can handle it.” Swamy…

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Please Share YOUR Story

Please tell us. Perhaps you are a client who has found effective care here. Or a donor who has found a personally-meaningful cause. You may be a partner who finds collaboration with the Center an asset. Or a friend who sees the effect of the Center on your community. Whatever your story, we look forward…

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A Future Made Possible:
Zeny & Karen’s Story

Something needed to change. At 13, Zeny became increasingly uncommunicative at home. When she did interact with her mother Karen, it was explosive. Initially, Karen thought this was typical adolescent angst, but then she discovered that Zeny had been cutting herself in secret. Several serious incidents of self-harm and suicidal thoughts led to six hospitalizations…

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A Place to Belong:
Jonah’s Story

From early on, it was clear that Jonah needed more support than his school and parents could provide. Coping with a combination of sensory and communication challenges, his frustration often boiled over in outbursts that caused stress for everyone–Jonah included. A bright and creative child, Jonah desperately wanted to connect with his peers, but social interactions felt confusing and fraught with anxiety.

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Another Chance at Life: Trudie’s Story

“Why am I still here?” A year ago, this was Trudie’s constant refrain. Severe depression coupled with numerous medical concerns prompted a string of hospitalizations, and none of the treatments she tried helped. Trudie struggled to get out of bed, missed appointments, and had lost an alarming amount of weight. Concerned, Trudie’s doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center referred her to The Brookline Center’s Healthy Lives program.

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