Alexandra Orlandi

Alexandra is a co-developer of the National Museum of Mental Health Project. She is currently a Mental Health Specialist at McLean Hospital where she works on an inpatient unit for older adults with mental illness.  A 2019 Psychology graduate of Assumption University, Alex was awarded a research fellowship for her work related to social entrepreneurship and mental health.  Alex co-presented the National Museum of Mental Health concept at the 2018 annual conferences of the New England Psychological Association, and the New England Museum Association. Her editorials on exhibitions about mental health have appeared in newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. 


Why do you want to do work in the mental health field?

People are beautiful. Sometimes people can break. It’s not their fault, rather, a result of something involuntary within. We were born into this world without malintent - towards others or ourselves. If you ask me if beautiful broken people deserve another chance, I will, without a doubt, say yes. I’ve been that person. I’ve gotten help, and I can confidently tell you that life is worth living and help is real. I use my experiences and all that I’ve learned and continued learning to support others who are struggling with mental illness in their journey of resilience. 

The National Museum of Mental Health Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness.

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.