National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Participatory Research in Public Mental Health 
Kim Hopper

This workshop will briefly review the first 2 years of an NIMH-funded research program – the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts – which was founded with a commitment to CBPR principles. The difficulties of turning principle into practice (some foreseen, some not) and the ever-present lure of doing CBPR on the cheap will frame what I hope to be a frank discussion across multiple borders. We should touch on the risks, rewards and irritating realities of joining forces to conduct research on “what really matters” in public mental health – beginning with how we come to some shared understanding of what that is.