IDRAAC’s members started conducting research since 1982. At that time, they were faced with a grim reality: there was no data on mental health disorders in Lebanon, nor any available assessment tools to assess the prevalence of these disorders (on a large scale). Above all, the Lebanon wars had been ravaging the country and there was little knowledge about their effect on the mental health of the population.
Since then, IDRAAC’s history in the field of mental health has allowed its members to take part in different projects related to awareness, advocacy and community services as well.
IDRAAC members started working on research studies to assess the prevalence of mental health conditions in Lebanon.
IDRAAC is first founded under the name IDRAC.
IDRAAC started the L.E.B.A.N.O.N. study in partnership with Harvard University.
IDRAAC developed a hotline to respond to traumatized Lebanese during the July 2006 war
IDRAAC started working on the new Mental Health Law which was proposed and written by IDRAAC.
IDRAAC started the School Program for Building Resilience and Coping with the support of the European Union.
IDRAAC validated several internationally used scales to detect depression, dementia and anxiety with the support of the Alzheimer’s Association USA.
IDRAAC started implementing the Turning Teachers into Educators of
Tolerance and Conflict Resolution in Lebanese Schools program with the
support of the US Embassy Small Grants Program.
IDRAAC takes part in the “It Gets Brighter” campaign which was started by the University of Oxford.
IDRAAC started the Elderly Empowerment Project in partnership with the
Municipality of Byblos-Jbail and with the financial support of the
IDRAAC developed a crisis cell to respond to the affected Lebanese during the “Grapes of Wrath” attack on Lebanon.
IDRAC is officially registered (permit No. 63).
IDRAAC started the Parenting Skills Treatment Program for Mothers of Children with Behavioral Problems with the support of Oxfam-Quebec / CIDA/ Canadian Fund for social development (CFSD).
IDRAAC started the Assessment Study of Psychosocial Status of Children and Adolescents in the South of Lebanon and Southern Suburbs of Beirut After the July War (SSSS).
IDRAC is now named IDRAAC and its activities include advocacy as a major component (permit No. 63, amendment No. 7848 on March 28, 2007).
IDRAAC produced the Teacher’s Manual to Learning Problems and Psychological Disorders in the Classroom in partnership with the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and with the support of AMIDEAST and USAID.
IDRAAC started implementing the Wellbeing of Syrian Refugee Families
project with the support of USA Department of State, the Bureau of
Population, Refugees and Migration and UNFPA.
IDRAAC’s campaign “Think About It” wins the Pikasso d’Or for the citizen billposter category.
IDRAAC started the Substance Use Awareness and Prevention Program for Medical Students with the support of UNODC.
IDRAAC, with the support of the French Embassy in Lebanon, started
working on “Addressing the Needs of the Total Assyrian Community in
Lebanon” a project that aims at providing mental health and psychosocial
support to the Assyrian community in Lebanon.