Lize Krüger | Artist Interview Series

“[Vulnerability] is everything to me. Art is my way of communication and where I express my deepest pain and concerns… I can probably be judged and taken apart, but I can’t shy away from topics that create deep emotion.”

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The Friendship Bench: Zimbabwe’s Answer to a Need for Safe Spaces

Responding to widespread mental health problems in Zimbabwe, Professor Dixon Chibanda took to unusual methods – training a team of grandmothers in creating safe spaces for people to talk. ‘Friendship Bench’ is a result of their teamwork – organised around culturally embedded concepts surrounding wellbeing and belonging. In this interview, ‘Friendship Bench’ share with me the full story and meaning behind their project, and what message they ultimately wish to spread.

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The Martha Mitchell Effect

In their paper, ‘Beliefs About Delusions’, Psychologist Vaughan Bell and his colleagues describe how some improbable reports are mistakenly assumed by mental health clinicians to be evidence of psychiatric symptoms. They write that this is due to a failure in accurately verifying whether the events have really taken place, despite how ridiculous they may seem.…

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