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Mental illness touches all of us.

An estimated 1 out of 5 Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness-over 6 6 million people. It's a staggering number, and odds are most of us have a family member or close friend in need of care, if we're not seeking care ourselves.

But how many people talk about it?
How many are able to access treatment?
What is the cost to society of untreated mental illness?
And why are we not treating our mental health the way we do our physical health?

Case Statement

We believe that each one of us has a right to a healthy, productive life, and we're training people to extend that hope to individuals in our own neighborhood, our region-and around the world. 

William James College was founded as the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 1974 by practicing psychologists who were eager to see a more innovative, experiential approach to graduate psychology education. Today, as then, we believe in experience as the greatest teacher.

By equipping tomorrow's professionals with real world skills and an invaluable sense of mission, our faculty members are making a real-world impact.

Our new name builds on that legacy of innovation and achievement-and on the legacy of William James himself. He was an educator, an advocate, a mentor, and an innovator. He championed co-education ahead of its time, emphasized the individual's experience of learning and the practical application of psychology to improve education, health care, human relations, and the quality of life for all people.

Each of these roles is deeply embedded in our culture at William James College; through our focus on experiential education, social responsibility, and personal growth, we continue to embrace-and extend-his philosophy of mental health care.

But there's more to do. We've got an incredible journey ahead-and you can be part of it.

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Lynn Alberding
Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Dan Brent
Vice President of Finance & Operations
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