“How a Friendship Bench Can Tackle Depression” AND More On Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) How a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression

Zimbabwe is pioneering a groundbreaking mental health programme with stunning results – and the rest of the world is taking note.

2) Bourdain’s CNN special — death by suicide is a serious public health issue

Death by suicide is a serious public health issue. It’s tragic and heartbreaking. Suicide is a particularly difficult issue for those who have survived attempting suicide and are frightened of what they will do if they ever confront such a situation again; loved ones of those who have attempted suicide and those who have died by suicide; and lots of people whose worldview has been shaken by the death by suicide of a celebrity whom they greatly admired and wished they could be like.

But suicide is still relatively infrequent and most importantly, predicting the time and place of the next suicide is almost impossible from known risk factors. In hindsight, loved ones and mental health professionals agonize over what signs they missed and if there was something they could have done to prevent such loss. But predicting the future, as well as where and how to intervene is so much more difficult.

3) Recognizing the uniqueness of different individuals with schizophrenia

Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia differ greatly from one another. Researchers have demonstrated that very few identical brain differences are shared amongst different patients. Therefore, insights based on research at the group level (i.e. in the ‘average’ patient) say little about the individual.

4) Climate Change and Its Impacts on Mental Health

Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to public health in modern times, and the mental health effects are no less concerning.

5) Nonopioid Approaches to Pain: The Hunt Is On

As the US opioid epidemic continues to grow, the need to find safe, effective, nonaddictive, nonopioid strategies for managing pain is increasingly urgent, say experts.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles.

Best Regards,


3 thoughts on ““How a Friendship Bench Can Tackle Depression” AND More On Best 5 Tuesday Reads

  1. The Friendship Bench article was deeply touching and got me thinking of alternative supports for MH. It’s becoming more accepted in health, so why not MH? It’s a puzzle I have been working on. I have 4 university degrees (2 bachelors, masters in social work, and Ph.D. in education) and a lifetime of experience as a person with mental health issues. Yet, where I live, I’m not qualified to be a ‘counselor’ and while I accept that and support professional accountability, there should be a role for people like me. The Grandmothers. Thank you, Vikram.
    Peace & progress.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hello there!

      Thanks for your stopping by and sharing your story.

      First of all, I am really impressed by your number of qualifications. Wow.

      One of the psychiatrists recently said that when it comes to mental health, even developed countries are developing countries. And I am sure we both will agree to this statement.

      What I can tell you is that all of us have a role to play in remove the stigma of mental illnesses and to demand the same resources as provided for physical health problems.

      I am sure you can inspire a lot of us by sharing your personal stories on mental health.

      Would love to have your response.

      Best Regards,


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