STATE OF MIND A mental health film from Zimbabwe

STATE OF MIND A mental health film from Zimbabwe

STATE OF MIND is the first African documentary feature film looking at mental illness disorders, and how they are treated and eventually managed.

It has been screened at international film festivals and won awards in Africa, Europe and the United States of America.

Award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Hopewell Chin’ono follows the work of leading African psychiatrist, Prof. Dixon Chibanda.

Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi wrote the documentary film soundtrack for State of Mind.

It is the last known piece of work he produced before he passed on in January 2019.
He also sings a full-length song at the end of the film, a classic from his catalogue.

The filmmaking process got assistance from

For a High Resolution or Commercial copy of the film, please get in touch with Hopewell Chin’ono at or WhatsApp him on +263778658680.

You can also follow Hopewell Chin’ono on twitter @daddyhope or his Facebook Page:

You can also get in touch with Prof. Dixon Chibanda on his email address, or follow him on twitter @DixonChibanda
State Of Mind twitter handle is, @stateofminddoc facebookpage:

About Hopewell Chin’ono’:
Hopewell Chin’ono was the CNN African Journalist of the year in 2008.

He has a degree in International Journalism from London’s City University and a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Filmmaking from Brunel University, London.

He is a Harvard University Nieman Fellow and also a Fellow at the African Leadership Institute at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
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About Dixon Chibanda:
Dixon Chibanda is professor of psychiatry, consultant doctor and director of the Wellcome Trust funded African Mental Health Research Initiative supported by the African Academy of Sciences based in Nairobi, Kenya.

He teaches at the University of Zimbabwe and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

He is principle investigator on several research programmes and sits on the editorial board of the Lancet Psychiatry International Journal.

He developed and set up the Friendship Bench, a brief psychological intervention delivered by community health workers which has been successfully scaled up in Zimbabwe and introduced to other countries.
Dixon Chibanda is also an Aspen New Voices Alumni.

His research interest focuses on the development of interventions delivered by non-professionals aimed at narrowing the treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

He is a black belt martial arts instructor and is passionate about using alternative interventions such as tai-chi and karate to enhance resilience in young people.

Both Hopewell Chin’ono and Dixon Chibanda live in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare.

State of Mind, a Television International Production @2019


  1. Congratulations on a well done documentary. Shedding light on mental illness in Zimbabwe. People with this condition are often marginalised and ostracised in society. Hopefully this docu goes towards taking away the stigma behind mental illness. I certainly learnt alot from watching this.

  2. Zimbabweans are strong shuwa !!!! I fail to see anyone staying sane in this country let alone rehabilitate. The toxic environment, politically, sanitation wise and the fact that there is nothing to wake up to, NO HOPE!!!!

  3. I feel like i zim ayila ma facilities amanengi to accomodate imental health, yingutsheni kuphela abakuhambisa khona but ukuthi uthole ama teachers that are trained to deal with these issues akula.I think if labo abagulayo bengaqala ukuhamba ezikolo labantu who trained to deal with them kungabangcono. Engutsheni they just send anyone there abanye balama addiction problems but bafaka one ndawo kuphela. Angazi ukuthi kuzatshintsha nini shuwa.This is a good way to raise awareness

  4. Dr Chibanda deserves an award of sorts, a HUGE salary (sadly unlikely in Zim), a larger platform & he most definitely has the respect & gratitude of thousands.

    Lord God make a way in Zimbabwe we pray!! Mental illness is rife and real and CAN be treated with resources within reach of the right authorities & institutes

    Dr Chibanda and staff….I salute you Sir

  5. This documentary is great in bringing awareness on mental health problems in Zimbabwe but the only problem I have here is trying to blame marijuana/cannabis for a mental health problem. In many cases marijuana is used to treat and calm people with mental illnesses down ! Many people living with ADHD, anxiety, depression etc are recommended marijuana. Let’s get the facts right 🙂

  6. Clawd is my homeboy and friend from my hood but l honestly didnt know he was going through all this. Currently hes well working on his music l can say thats his safe space

  7. Thank you for taking such an initiative. Zimbabwe needs more people like you… Also extend your helping hand to pastor mudungwe.

  8. Thank you for this documentary. Makadii kuenda kuNgomahuru…I went there to see, it is in dire straights and their story needs to be told!

  9. I feel for Evans mother moyo wangu wandirwadza , i also feel for Evans this illness is real thank you Dr Chibanda may God bless you so much ,this job is actually a calling

  10. Such a touching documentary..very sad about Rumbi her recovery was unbelievable.. hope Claude goes far and the good doc has done a good job of removing the stigma around mental health. The way he engaged with all the patients he spoke to them like normal people and not like they are stupid. Kudos to him and the whole team!

  11. Wow Thank you Dr Chibanda for such an enlightment at such a time when most people have given up on our country..may God continue to guide you through your calling strengthen you through your cause..Man of God

  12. Dr Chibanda and your team I salute you. Thank you very much for the work you’re doing. My heart goes out to Rumbie’s family. May the Lord continue to comfort you. Ndarwadziva kani. RIP in peace Rumbie.

  13. I applaude everyone in this video . They are doing an amazing job

    However I can’t stop thinking of Tapiwa the baby. I want to help can someone get in touch with me

  14. Dr Chibanda is very passionate about what he does. Rumbi’s death caught me off guard because she had made so much progress in her recovery. Thank you to everyone who brought this documentary to life, at least we are now aware of services that are offered in zim.

  15. Thanks To Dr. Chibanda for supporting our most vulnerable community members and thanks to Hopewell for a great film. true Zimbabwean leadership in this film.

  16. If all healthcare professionals were like Dr. Chibanda, this world will be a better place to live. He is down to earth and humble. He respects his patients, their families, his team mates kusvika kunana mbuya vekubhenji. May the Lord continue to bless his mighty works!

  17. *Living and working (in MH) here in the western world I totally sympathise with these people. But one thing is for sure…in the west here people lie a lot about their MH for gains. Someone can say I’m going to kill myself if I’m not given a house…and everyone will be running around like headless chickens to get this person a flat or house. Then boom! You dont hear or see that patient anymore, until they encounter another social problem that they want fixed. Here in the west, majority of MH patients are just spoilt brats who are lazy, on benefits and think that the world owes them something. They’re not willing to do Anything to better themselves and the conditions that are stressing them. It really annoys me dealing with patients whom I know very well, are after something! I wish half the treatment and care given over here was available to my African people, because MH there is REAL…and patients are willing to work on themselves. Its not pretending… they’re not after sympathy, a house and benefits, they GENUINELY are unwell.*

  18. What a touching documentary. I have learned a lot. Thanks to Dr Chibanda , Hopewell Chin’ono vana mbuya Hutano. May God bless all the caregivers around Zimbabwe.

  19. The state of Zimbabwe’s mental health facilities and resources angers and saddens me. Makes me angry because they take it for granted here in the so called “first world” countries like the UK. Our Politicians have a lot to answer for. We need more people like Dr Chibanda in Zimbabwe

  20. Dr you’re a rare breed. May God bless the work of your hands… Any idea as to how you’ll spread this beautiful initiative nation wide so we could support locally

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