Definition: Friendship Bench

Friendship Bench

A tool for positive mental and emotional health used in various settings, where someone can sit down on a bench to talk to someone else trained in offering that help, formally or informally.

  • Wikipedia (with some of my addition to expound on the concept)


Hear much more about the concept, and the amazing work done Zimbabwe, where the Friendship Bench approach to therapy uses listening and “problem-solving therapy” by trained lay-counselor grandmothers, in this TEDTalks Daily podcast episode.