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A Roadmap for Georgia

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 Network Ambassador Lilit Baghdasaryan shared her experience about the recovery college that is recently established in Armenia.

- Updates from Nino Agdgomelashvili

CARe Ambassador in Georgia

Nino Agdgomelashvili


Nino Agdgomelashvili

Social and human rights activist

Nino Agdgomelashvili is a social and human rights activist who is deeply involved with people with mental disorders and disabilities in Georgia. 

She worked for the “Association for People in Need of Special Care” in a social rehabilitation centre for adults with mental disabilities (2001-2007); was a director of the Georgian Mental Health Coalition (2007-2009) trying to promote the rights-based and contemporary mental health policy; Nino is with Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Tbilisi since 2009 and leads number of activities and programs, related to establishment of community-based services, mental health workforce capacity building, human rights promotion, users empowerment , awareness raising and anti-stigma campaigning. During last years her special interest lays in developing a chain of protected living environment facilities in Georgia and fostering social entrepreneurship, ensuring equal opportunities and inclusion of people with mental health problems.


She is on board of the community Qedeli for people with mental disabilities; serves as an expert to numerous councils and is coordinating a working group on national guidelines and treatment protocols.

CARe Train-the-Trainers Budapest Seminar Day 3 (Photo: Anastasiia Kuntsevska)

From left: Anna Kudiyarova and Nino Agdgomelashvili.


Issue of Recovery during WPA regional conference in Georgia







International workshop on mental health "Promoting rights of children and adults with psychosocial disabilities"


March 16-18, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Workshop was organised in collaboration with the

World Health Organization (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva).

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