Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Park Bench Grandma's

Harare's park bench grandmas: 'I speak to them and feel a load is lifted off my heart'

One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients

The benches are a safe place for people struggling with depression, which in the Shona language is called kufungisisa, “thinking too much”.

It is a world away from conventional approaches to mental healthcare, but the Friendship Bench project has changed the lives of an estimated 27,000 Zimbabweans suffering from depression and other mental disorders.

Guardian Article
NPR Article

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