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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare in Educational Institutions

October 15, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

Childhood and adolescence are without doubt the most important phase of one's developmental life, which is why focus on mental and physical well being is the only way to ensure holistic development. Internationally, several developed and developing nations have adopted wide-b…

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Severe Side Effects: One Woman’s Journey Through Antidepressants

October 10, 2017

By Bee Rowlatt

Antidepressants can save lives, but they made me want to kill.”

Katinka Blackford Newman learnt the hard way. When the British film-maker’s marriage fell apart in 2012 she began having sleepless nights. She went to see her family doctor, who diagnosed anxiety and prescribe…

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Your Stories: Sticks and Stones

October 10, 2017

 

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Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

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Mental Health in the News

October 1, 2017


 

The Headline: Multi-gene Test May Better Predict Who Will Suffer from Dementia
(NDTV) 

What you need to know: According to an article in the Annals of Neurology, it is now possible to predict who will suffer from dementia or cognitive decline. The test called the Polygenic Hazard Scor…

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Your Stories: Anorexia

September 30, 2017

 

Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective
(Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective)

 

Editor's Note: If you or anyone you care about might be at risk of anorexia/ bulimia/ body image disorders, please reach out to a trained professional for help. You will find a list we're building out of therapists and other mental health pr…

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare Insurance in India

September 25, 2017

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By Vandita Morarka

An India Spend report highlights that 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, this is about 6.5% of the country’s population.

The World Health Organisation also estimates that around 57 million Indians suffer from depression. A recent survey by the National …

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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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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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Comics and Art for Mental Health: Depression

September 16, 2017

Art by Pig Studio for The Health Collective

ALSO SEE: ANXIETY by Pig Studio

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Workplace Stress and the Need for Me Time

September 9, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

Stress is everywhere you look these days -– a fairly generic term, it’s something most people can relate to, given the fatigue, exhaustion, and extreme levels of multi-tasking while trying to maintain some sort of balance.

“The corporate world thrives on the theory of sur…

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Understanding Therapy and Challenges En Route

September 5, 2017

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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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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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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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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Media Watch: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Suicide

August 21, 2017

By Tanmoy Goswami

IMAGINE A GAME that asks young people to kill themselves, leaving a trail of bodies from Ust-Ilimsk to Mumbai to West Midnapore. Your first impulse is to dismiss it as another bizarre fad that “normal” homes like yours are immune to. But if you have a teenage child, or a young b…

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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?

T…

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Mrs C Remembers: An Excerpt

August 19, 2017

Featuring an excerpt of the wonderful book Mrs C Remembers, where author Himanjali Sankar explores unique family dynamics, the mother-daughter relationship and the condition of dementia (and coming to terms with a loved one getting the diagnosis), with a profound touch.

Also Read: Our interview …

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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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