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Ask the Experts: Fighting Against Child Abuse

September 19, 2017
 

Child Sexual Abuse is a subject many parents find difficult to talk about, let alone educate their children about. While there is no question that experts feel you must have the conversation with your child sooner than later, do read on for insight from the Aarambh India Initiative, whic…

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We Need to Talk: The Anna Chandy Interview

September 3, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews Anna Chandy, author of Battles in the Mind, and Chairperson of Deepika Padukone's The Live Love Laugh Foundation to find out more about her own journey to healing, and what the Foundation has been up to in India, trying to move the needle on Mental Health, and Mental Healt…

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Faith, Reason and the Mindset of a Follower

August 30, 2017

 

‘Faith is what I die for, dogma is what I kill for’ is the saying. And we saw much of that unfolding in the aftermath of the verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. All faith is dogma. And faith is nothing but belief unfounded on facts. Epistemology, a branch …

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The Law and You: Mental Health and the Rights of Minors

August 16, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

The law in India, as in several other countries, shows a stark divide in how it treats minors and adults. Most especially this divide is seen in aspects of law that give persons agency to make decisions and exercise their choices. Similar legal attributes determine rights o…

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We Need to Talk about Mental Health and Therapy

August 12, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

What is therapy? Why do people shy away from it? What makes the conversation difficult? How does one approach therapy? How does one know one needs help? Will such persons be scrutinised? Will they be tagged or stereotyped? Will people mock them for their vulnerability? Or can we c…

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The Law and You: Mental Health and Employee Rights

July 27, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

Let's take a look at understanding what employment and employee rights exist in India, with reference to those with mental illnesses. The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 looks at healthcare and support provisions for those who have mental illnesses, you can read a piece explaining …

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Ask the Experts: A Case for Emotionality

July 25, 2017

By Varkha Chulani

In the recent past I have seen too many clients getting into trouble due to self-control! Yes, sounds a bit odd, because mankind’s main problem seems quite contrarian. Decadence and intemperance being the bane for many, with self-indulgence and instant gratification playing a si…

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Ask the Experts: How to Cope with Break-ups, Divorce (Hindi)

July 21, 2017

Psychologist Varkha Chulani writes on The Health Collective

ब्रेकअप और आगे की राह: एक मनोवैज्ञानिक का नजरिया

ऐसा कहा जाता है कि मृत्यु के बाद दूसरा सबसे बड़ा तनाव का कारण अलग होना या तलाक होता है। मगर ऐसा ही हो ये जरूरी नहीं है यदि हम ब्रेकअप को अलग नजरिए से देख सकते हैं- जै…

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Ask the Experts: Mental Health 101

July 19, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychologist Arpita Anand for The Health Collective

1. What is some generic advice you would give readers about mental health -- what do you wish for people (to know) across the board?

The first thing would be acceptance: A lot of people with emotional difficulties end up suffering because they are in denial. For example, a person with depres…

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The Law and You: Mental Health in India

July 10, 2017

Mental health can be simply understood to mean a state of mental well-being. The World Health Organisation looks at understanding mental health and its definition quite comprehensively here. Mental health in India has long been a misunderstood issue; there is a lack of awareness on issues of mental …

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Relationships, Happiness, Living the Life You Want

July 1, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychotherapist, radio host and the author of
HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS: At Home, Work and Play (Fingerprint Rs 250), Lucy Beresford. 

 

1) You host a Sex and Relationships show on radio... Can you tell us some of the common themes/ questions that come up?

The most common …

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Ten Things to Know About Domestic Violence

June 25, 2017

 

“I would leave if my husband/ partner ever hit me, cheated on me or treated me like dirt”.

How often have you thought that in the past or even in the present? All of us have an internal moral standard on abuse and dignity and we instinctively want to protect ourselves. Yet, unless you ha…

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Breaking up and Moving On: A Psychologist's Perspective

June 18, 2017

 

It is said that the second most common stressor after death is separation and/or divorce. But it needn’t be so if we can…

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Lost Voices: Losing a Pregnancy

June 12, 2017

This article is a part of a series called “lost voices”, where Ratna Golaknath writes about issues that are often unspoken about and that hardly ever reach the therapy rooms.

Many of my friends, acquaintances and clients have shared the experience of losing a pregnancy. This could be for med…

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Healing Room: Part Two

June 10, 2017

Part Two of our interview

Amrita Tripathi speaks to family therapist Reena Nath in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India over the past 30 years, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events.

This conver…

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Healing Room: In Conversation With Reena Nath

June 9, 2017

 

Amrita Tripathi speaks to noted family therapist Reena Nath about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events from her own journey. This conversation has been edited slightly for length. 

PART I

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Ask the Experts: Learning to be Kind to Yourself When You're Low

May 17, 2017

By Ratna Golaknath

A few weeks ago, I was caught in a minor pile-up on the road near my home. I got a bad jolt and the seat belt gave me a bad burn on my neck. I came out shaken but fortunately quite unharmed. My family and friends all called in and checked up on me and offered a kind word. I was…

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'Justice Denied: State of Karnataka Vs. Pascal Mazurier'

May 1, 2017

Guest Post

By Siddharth Pillai/ Aarambh India

Despite ‘access to justice’ being a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution, one comes to realise that access doesn’t really frame the experience. Access feels like connecting to a wi-fi and entering a password. While the fight for justice…

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Ask the Experts: How Does Therapy Work

April 23, 2017

This piece is part of a wider series, Understanding Therapy

By Ratna Golaknath

Deciding to give therapy a chance can be daunting, you might be worried about trusting someone, anxious that it should not prove to be a waste of time and money and in a vacuum about how and where to find a suita…

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Suicide in India: Do we Need a New Approach to Prevention?

April 14, 2017

India has finally moved to de-criminalise suicide -- can we hope that this is a step towards understanding the nature of the issue? With treatment and prevention options long seen through a prism of "Western" best practices, is there a need to take a closer look at some of the factors that are uniqu…

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