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.Read More
“I believe [negative thoughts] can be recognised as the sometimes random ticker tape message of the brain” In this interview, I ask a psychotherapist named Dan about his ideas surrounding issues in mental health. He responds with his own understanding and experience as well as some views on how they might be tackled – through…Read More
Paul Green (Mindfump) writes witty, thought-provoking and uplifting articles on mental health.
After reading many of these, including The Secret History of Depression, Mental Illness Has No Chance and When Depression Was Your Friend, I became interested in knowing more of Paul’s story and his perspectives.Read More
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. In ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, he writes on how he survived through finding meaning in suffering. Here is a short excerpt from that book, where he speaks in the context of suffering loss.Read More
The first interview in a series of articles aiming to enlighten stories as well as strategies related to mental health.Read More
Psychological concepts of schizophrenia are fairly limited in isolation. Here, I look into how they might be better understood in a more holistic framework.Read More
How can one develop self-confidence? Is it something that can be moulded and strengthened to a level we wish it to be?Read More