10 things we learned making the new issue of FFA magazine

6. In Zimbabwe, melancholy is named ‘kufungisia’, or ‘pondering an excessive amount of’

You received’t discover it within the Nationwide Well being Service’s record of signs for melancholy, however for any of us who’ve skilled it, pondering an excessive amount of is usually a hallmark of the situation.

The phrases Zimbabwe’s granny therapists – who work totally free from neighbourhood park benches and have confirmed simpler than pharmaceutical therapies for melancholy and nervousness – use to assist their shoppers, are equally enlightening. Kuvhura pfungwa, which is a shona phrase for ‘opening up the thoughts’, kusimudzira, which suggests ‘uplifting’, and kusimbisa which suggests ‘strengthening’, are watch phrases we might all stay by.

In our new difficulty, we met the crew of grandmothers altering lives in Zimbabwe, and the psychiatrist who based the Friendship Bench mission, which will probably be putting in their first benches in deprived neighbourhoods of London subsequent yr.

Picture: Cynthia Matonhodze and Costa Juta

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