We think it’s safe to say that 2020 was a year unlike any other. We at the Collaborative started our year out typically, until, in mid-March, we left our offices on campus and started working from home. It was necessary for us to put some of our research projects on hold in order to prioritize the health and safety of potential research participants and our staff.
How does a research and training center focused on community participation continue to do work in a time when it’s vital for us to maintain physical distance and limit our participation in the community? We approached this question with earnest and open minds and with the understanding that community participation and social engagement are more important now than ever! In this document, we look back on the work that we’ve done over 2020 and highlight ways that our team continued to support community inclusion and participation of people with serious mental health issues during stay-at-home orders.
As you reflect on the past year and think about what 2021 will bring, we invite you to take some time to review some of our favorite resources from 2020!