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Dixon Chibanda    

Psychiatrist and Director of the African Mental Health Initiative

Dixon Chibanda is a professor in psychiatry and the director of the African Mental Health Initiative (AMARI). He's based in Zimbabwe, where he works on the Friendship Bench program, a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based approach to kufungisisa, the local term for depression, literally translated into “thinking too much.” At the Friendship Bench, patients receive individual problem-solving therapy from a specifically trained lay health worker which has been successfully scaled up in Zimbabwe and introduced to other countries. He is a principal investigator on several research programs and sits on the editorial board of the Lancet Psychiatry International Journal.

Chibanda's research interest focuses on the development of interventions delivered by non-professionals aimed at narrowing the treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. He is passionate about connecting with ordinary people in ways that improve their lives using simple but effective programs that can be carried out by non-specialists or professionals. He likes to think outside the box as he explores ways of helping people with conditions such as depression, PTSD and ADHD. He is a black belt martial arts instructor and is passionate about using alternative interventions such as tai-chi and karate to enhance resilience in young people.

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Dixon Chibanda: How Can A Team Of Grandmothers Make Therapy ...

In Zimbabwe, like many countries, there are few options for mental health care. So psychiatrist Dixon Chibanda came up with an unexpected solution: therapy ...

The Friendship Bench is starting a mental health revolution

Dixon Chibanda spent more time with Erica than most of his other patients. It wasn't that her problems were more serious than others'–she was just one of ...

Who Are the Ordinary Heroes of 2019? - The New York Times

The friendship bench was invented in 2006 by a psychiatrist, Dixon Chibanda, after a patient committed suicide. He had asked her to come see him at Harare ...

Erasing The Stigma : TED Radio Hour : NPR

TED Radio Hour · Dixon Chibanda: How Can A Team Of Grandmothers Make Therapy Accessible To All? by NPR/TED Staff ...

Talk is cheap - What disasters reveal about mental-health care ...

Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist in Zimbabwe, showed that lay people can be trained in a couple of weeks to do some parts of the job. In 2005 in Zimbabwe's ...

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