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Patrick shares her story

Bill Brett for the Boston Globe Diane Patrick (left) with Julie Rosen, executive director of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.
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Diane Patrick (left) with Julie Rosen, executive director of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
May 27, 2011

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First lady Diane Patrick is intensely private, but spoke about her battle with depression this week at the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Addressing 600 people at the annual Celebration of Women in Healthcare event, Patrick said she kept quiet for years because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, but feels compelled now to speak up. The 20-minute talk was one of the few times Patrick has opened up about the problems that prompted her to seek help at McLean Hospital in 2007. The audience included Children’s Hospital Boston CEO Sandra Fenwick, Neighborhood Health Plan CEO Deborah Enos, Tufts Health Plan CEO Jim Roosevelt Jr., and Tufts Medical School dean Harris Berman.