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About Friendship Bench
The Friendship Bench is a non-profit organization delivering an evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable community-based intervention to enhance mental well-being and improve quality of life in low-resource settings. Founded by clinical psychiatrist Dr. Dixon Chibanda, the program is designed to address the fact that more than 450 million people around the world suffer from mental illness, yet the gap between patients with mental health needs and the availability of treatment is estimated to be as high as 90% in some countries. Friendship Bench’s model trains lay health workers in primary care settings to deliver an evidence-backed form of cognitive behavioral therapy to improve mental health and ensure a sense of belonging in communities.