The Friendship Bench Model
Implementation 5 Phase Delivery
Contrary to some beliefs the Friendship Bench is not just someone sitting on a bench while listening to a person share their problems.
The Friendship Bench has been developed over a 25 year period from extensive community research and includes multiple structured components. These components have all been designed with the involement and input of psychiatrists, psychologists, professors, project coordinators, researchers, community health workers and community stakeholders.
The package we offer has been broken down into 5 phases, and within each phase exists various stages which get worked in collaboration with possible partners; every delivery will be unique as each community in unique, we've learnt that what sits on either side of the actual Problem Solving Therapy is what creates sustainability and long term community impact.
Theory of Change Workshop
Training of Trainers
Training of CHW
Monitoring & Evaluation
Tech & Online Support
So, where to start the process? Start right here with completing a Suitability Checklist.
Suitability Checklist - Phase 1, Stage 1
If you would like to partner or collaborate with the Friendship Bench, please complete our Suitability Check by either filling it out online or downloading and submitting the PDF version. For questions or inquiries email
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to hear from you once we have submitted the Suitability checklist?
We aim to respond within 2 weeks. However, it does sometimes depend on the number of lists that have been submitted.
In what other countries is Friendship Bench located?
The Friendship Bench is currently in Malawi, Zanzibar, Kenya, and New York City
Can I make a donation to the Friendship Bench?
You can donate to the Friendship Bench by making a bank transfer to our Nostro bank account.
Can I have the Friendship Bench Training Manual?
We do not give the training manual out.