These Zimbabwean grandmothers are bringing mental health support to their community

Therapy from grandmothers is 86% effective in improving mental health. Here’s the organization looking to bring that model to the rest of the world.
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In Zimbabwe, where mental health resources are scarce, Friendship Bench is demonstrating real, positive impacts. 

Picture community grandmothers, treasured for their wisdom and knowledge, sitting on benches and providing therapy sessions. This approach, which harnesses the nation’s cultural values, has not only resonated with the community but also has shown scientifically proven success, even outperforming traditional therapy methods. 

With its simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Friendship Bench — the most recent recipient of The McNulty Prize — has crossed Zimbabwe’s borders and is being replicated in six other countries, lighting the path toward addressing the global mental health epidemic.

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