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Blogging for Belonging, Community & Connection

Welcome to our blog,

We are here to talk everything mental health. We are here to open minds. We are here to let you know that you are not alone.

If you are in search of a community with understanding, for a sense of belonging, for hope, for help and for a path to self discovery then you are in the right place.
A quick bit about us…

The Friendship Bench is an evidence-based mental health intervention developed in Zimbabwe to bridge the mental health treatment gap. We are based on over 20 years of community research and have since moved from implementation in 3 local cities to being a national programme incorporated into the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care strategic plan for mental health care, and to being an internationally recognised mental health intervention, endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

The intervention is based on problem-solving therapy. In practical terms, people who visit the bench are taught a structured approach to identifying problems and how to find workable solutions while being encouraged and motivated by the Friendship Bench trained Community Health Worker (CHW). These CHW’s create a safe confidential space which allows people to talk openly without fear of being judged or discriminated against.

We are not conventional, our therapy rooms are outdoors under trees and our therapists are elderly Zimbabwean women.