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Solo's Sadventures: Episode 2

September 20, 2017


Sadventure by Solo
Art by Solo for The Health Collective 

Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD-fuelled imagination... Read more of her Sadventures here

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Comics and Art for Mental Health: Depression

September 16, 2017

Art by Pig Studio for The Health Collective


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Understanding Therapy and Challenges En Route

September 5, 2017

Battles in the Mind: An Excerpt

September 3, 2017

We feature a moving excerpt from Battles in the Mind, a book written by Anna Chandy, chairperson of Deepika Padukone's Live Love Laugh Foundation (and Padukone's therapist). This excerpt is published with kind permission of Penguin Random House India.


Battles in the Mind
by Anna Chandy

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Your Stories:The Rise and Fall... Stages of Borderline Personality Disorder

September 3, 2017

Sadventures by Solo 

BPD Stages by BPD for the Health Collective

BPD Stages by Solo for The Health Collective
(Images Courtesy: Solo for The Health Collective)


Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD-fuelled imagination. …

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I'm Okay, You're Okay

August 29, 2017


Art by Kishore Mohan for The Health Collective

Art by: Kishore Mohan 

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Dementia: Five Things Not to Say to People You Care About

August 19, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews Himanjali Sankar for The Health Collective

Do read an excerpt of Mrs C Remembers right here on The Health Collective.


I. Congratulations on an incredibly compelling story, a complicated one and a very personal one. First off, what drove you to write this book? And what would you want to share about your own personal story?


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D is for Depression: The Health Collective Interview (Hindi)

August 15, 2017

This interview with Shubhrata Prakash, author of 'The D Word' is on our site in English here; it is translated into Hindi in partnership with the team at Newsroom Post.

Also Read: D is for Depression


1)       अगर आप पीछे मुड़कर देखें तो आपकी इस यात्रा का सबसे कठिन भाग क्या रहा है?…

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Just Breathe: What Does an Anxiety Attack Feel Like?

August 14, 2017

A Day in the Life of
Someone who Suffers Anxiety Attacks

Constant Punches to the Gut


Anxiety by Pig Studio for The Health CollectiveArt by Pig Studio for The Health Collective

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Your Stories: Solo's Sadventures

August 3, 2017

Mental Health by Solo for The Health Collective
Introducing 'Sadventures' by Solo for The Health Collective 



About the artist:
Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD fuelled imag…

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Your Stories: The Great Meltdown and the Healing that Came Next

July 31, 2017

Our brave contributor shares her story, and would like to keep her identity anonymous.

July-August 2015 were bad months for me. My boyfriend of 4-odd years had broken up with me after months of strife, over Skype. I had found a photo of him on Instagram with a woman I didn't approve of (and who …

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Depression, BPD and Far From a Stereotype

July 5, 2017

The first time I got to label the feelings I had had in me since childhood, I was 22 years old. I was told I was suffering from Depression and Borderline Personallity Disorder.

I was told it would be a struggle that I would overcome only if I genuinely wanted to help myself. It has been a de…

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Why So Stressed, Millennials?

June 16, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

I. The Stress and Anxiety

According to a survey done by the American Psychological Association, millennials in America are the most stressed generation. The survey reports that we are mainly stressed about money. (Look what capitalism has done to us! But that’s a different debate…

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Interviewing Reshma Valliappan, Author of Fallen, Standing

May 5, 2017

Amrita Tripathi

Do check out an interview with the multi-talented author of Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist, Reshma Valliappan. You can read an excerpt of her book here. Highly recommend the book (in case that's in doubt!)


1) You write very powerfully about your experience…

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Your Stories: Talking Mental Health

April 30, 2017

It's Okay to Not Be Okay:

Do check out this fab video created by Koval Bhatia, Founder-Director, A Little Anarky Films, explaining how there's nothing to be ashamed of, no matter how your brain is wired. Speak about it. End the stigma.



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Your Stories: Understanding Therapy

April 9, 2017

'Dialogue With A Therapist' shared by Pearl

TherapistWhat does your inner voice tell you?

Me: To go travelling (Giggles)

Therapist: Why are you giggling? Are you feeling embarrassed?

Me: Yes I am. People are doing community service, doing great things for their families, buildin…

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Atticus...on Anxiety

March 24, 2017

We're talking anxiety ... and coping. (With thanks to @Atti_cus for sharing so openly and honestly.)


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Our Stories: Self-Harm (Trigger Warning)

February 1, 2017

It's hard enough to confront some of the darkest moments of your life, harder still to attempt to articulate or share, but sometimes it helps. And sometimes it doesn't, I guess.

There is something about the "damaged" and "broken" though...It's a tribe, recognisable by "scars that glisten in the …

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Your Stories: Feat. A Journey

October 19, 2016

A Journey
By Natha Wahlang


It’s strangeland,
Those cracks; 
They opened,
They swallowed,
I fell through,
I clawed;
With my anger,
With my hope;
Until the darkness ate them too.

So I walked into it,
And finding no ground;
I floated and sank, 
Floated and sank….
I met a list…

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Your Story: Living With Bipolar Disorder (Part Two)

October 5, 2016

Our contributor @mariner1001 shares a second part to a blog on Living With Bipolar Disorder.


Coping with Bipolar disorder has been a long struggle -- the early period was one of extreme anguish and agony, but over time, I have learned to live with it and recognise the pressure points.

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