Clinical Care

Prospective Patients

The clinical mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is to serve the mental health needs of our patients and provide mental health care for patients of Mass General Primary Care and medical specialty practices.

If you have established care at Mass General, please ask your provider to place a referral for you in your electronic medical record, and a patient care coordinator will contact you.

While in most cases an established connection to a Mass General medical provider is required to be referred for care in our department, the following consultation programs do not require a Mass General care connection for referral, please click to learn more about each program and how to access services:

Mass General Employees

If you are an employee at Mass General, you are eligible for care in our department regardless of whether you have other medical care connections here. If you are a Mass General employee seeking mental health care, please call 617-643-6054 or download this pamphlet to learn more.

Research Participation

If you are not eligible for clinical care within our system, you may be interested in our department’s research programs, which often include a clinical assessment and potential treatment from world-renowned experts.

The Mass General Department of Psychiatry has a wide variety of clinical research studies available. You do not need to be a patient at Mass General to participate in our department's research.

We have active studies of most major psychiatric illnesses, including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Pediatric psychiatric conditions

Studies include clinical trials of new and experimental therapies that are not yet approved by the FDA, as well as established medications to be studied in combination with other treatments to determine whether combined treatments are more effective. We also study different types of psychotherapies, complementary and alternative treatments (including natural remedies, yoga, mindfulness and others), and new technologies for diagnosing and predicting psychiatric disorders. Some studies use placebos (sugar pills) for rigorous comparisons of the study drug, and other provide open treatment, where all participants receive the treatment of interest.

Our investigators are world-class clinician-researchers whose work advances the field and providers greater options for individuals with psychiatric illness. Hundreds of individuals each year benefit from participation in our clinical research studies and obtain treatments that succeeded where others failed. If your condition has proven difficult to treat, you may be an excellent candidate for one of our research studies.

Complete research intake form

Community Treatment Options

If you are not eligible for care in our department because you have not established care at Mass General or you are not interested in participating in research, there are resources and guidance from our intake service about how to connect to mental health care in the community.

Access mental health care resources