McLean Hospital

Deconstructing Stigma (at Logan Airport, Boston)

Exhibit designed by:

Adriana Bobinchock, McLean Hospital,

Scott O’Brien, McLean Hospital,

Display period: 2016–current


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Deconstructing Stigma is unquestionably the most viewed exhibition about mental health in the United States. Its central feature is its floor-to-ceiling portraits of real people who are publicly acknowledging their own mental health challenges, or those of a loved one. This collaboration between McLean Hospital and Massport represents the most significant example of an exhibition “breaking out” of the realm of a traditional museum location and into public space. The majority of portraits are everyday people, though the exhibition also includes celebrities such as Howie Mandel, and former NFL player Brandon Marshall.



Deconstructing Stigma at Logan Airport, Boston.

Image used with permission from McLean Hospital

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.