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GeorgiaA Roadmap for Georgia

Updates from Nino Agdgomelashvili 



Nino from Georgia presented about International workshop on mental health "Promoting rights of children and adults with psychosocial disabilities" ​

The workshop was held on March 16-18, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was attended by mental health professionals, Ministry officials, researchers, and international experts. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the World Health Organization (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva). ​


The discussion was based on two working documents: “Promoting rights of children and adults with psychosocial disabilities”- a background document with the description and analysis of the current condition of the mental health field in Georgia, prepared by “Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi” for this workshop; and the document “Promoting rights and community living for children with psychosocial disabilities”, co-produced by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.

A Road Map for Georgia - the set of recommendations that would advance the implementation of Georgian mental health reform for fostering human rights and quality of care of children and adults with mental health and psychosocial disorders and disabilities was discussed during the last round. Psychosocial Rehabilitation was among the key words of the document and Recovery Based Practice was suggested as one of the mandatory skills training for certain staff. ​

World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA) Regional Conference “Mental Health, Directions and Challenges” was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on April 27-30, 2016. ​

The Conference organized by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) in collaboration with the Society of Georgian Psychiatrists (SGP) and the Alliance for Better Mental Health (ABMH) brought together mental health practitioners, researchers and educators from all over the world. Up to 400 delegates from 37 countries participated in the conference. The outstanding researchers, experts and clinicians in psychiatry delivered lectures and carried out intensive seminars and symposiums to contribute to rising mental health awareness in the region. The conference promoted international cooperation and collaboration among professionals from different countries, enabled the researchers to introduce their achievements and stimulated activities for mutual future initiatives. The leading national and international experts discussed the modern approaches and future directions in mental health care. ​


“Recovery: An emerging principle of Psychosocial Rehabilitation” was one of the interesting plenary presentation delivered by Prof. Afzal Javed, the president of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Also the whole symposium was devoted to Recovery under the title: Understanding concepts and practicies of Recovery in psychosocial rehabilitation. During the symposium the CARe Europe representative Lilit Baghdasaryan shared experience about the recovery college that is recently established in Armenia. 

- Updates from Nino Agdgomelashvili