Our Annual Report for the academic year 2019- 2020 looks back on a time of disruption followed by remarkable growth and innovation. When the Covid-19 pandemic gripped New York City in mid-March, we faced a total shut-down of Institute activities. We did not declare defeat, but doubled down, increasing our seminars, responding to the urging of others to not let our community collapse. Ultimately, we re-emerged as a kind of virtual institute –- virtual, as one of our speakers reminded us, in the word’s truest sense, that is filled with new possibility.
As you see, our latest Annual Report is primarily a digital document. As you peruse it, you will learn about our efforts to make videos of our seminars, to convene working groups that include members whose jobs have taken them out of New York City, and to make resources from the Oskar Diethelm Library collection available online. Out of this tragic pandemic, we hope to work with a more global community as we seek novel ways to increase awareness and understanding regarding mental health and illness. Please consider joining our community in this exciting time of change.