STATE OF MIND is the first African documentary characteristic film taking a look at psychological sickness issues, and the way they’re handled and ultimately managed.
Dr: Dixon Chibanda is a professor in psychiatry and director of the Wellcome Trust funded African Mental Health Research Initiative supported by the African Academy of Sciences based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is principle investigator on a number of analysis programmes and sits on the editorial board of the Lancet Psychiatry International Journal.
Dr Chibanda was deeply concerned about the belief in his country that people with schizophrenia are possessed with evil spirits.
He thought there must be a better way to help these people.
He developed and set up the Friendship Bench, a quick psychological intervention delivered by neighborhood health workers which has been efficiently scaled up in Zimbabwe and launched to different countries. He is an Aspen New Voices Alumni. His analysis curiosity focuses on the development of interventions delivered by non-professionals aimed toward narrowing the remedy gap for psychological, neurological and substance use issues.
In Zimbabwe psychological health has grow to be a really massive problem, yet there are fewer than 20 psychiatrists in a population of over 14 million people. To assist create accessible and efficient care, psychiatrist Dr Dixon Chibanda started a talk-based cognitive behavioural remedy called Friendship Benches: coaching grandmothers to become health workers for their communities. Dixon Chibanda is also shifting his concept on-line and giving the world access to a digital Friendship Bench.