An investigation on community-level influences on mental health amongst internally displaced persons in Georgia, 2011-2012

The project was implemented by CIF in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) (Dr. Bayard Roberts, Professor Martin McKee, Professor Vikram Patel and Dr. Nino Makhashvili). The project was funded by Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom).

Aim of this research study is to deepen understanding of the extent to which community-based influences may help promote mental health (including alcohol use) amongst IDPs and returnees in Georgia. The study would provide rigorous evidence on the burden of depression, psychological distress, harmful alcohol use, and also coping strategies amongst IDPs and returnees in Georgia. This information could be used to help inform appropriate responses from governmental and nongovernmental agencies. This would be one of the first studies globally to specifically explore the way in which community factors may help promote the mental health of IDP and returnees.