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Reporter's Diary: Workplaces and Mental Health

November 19, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

Our earlier piece on employee mental health rights in the workplace looked at what the law says about mental health support at the workplace in India and examined glaring gaps in the legislation. While we wait for legislation to catch up to urgent realities, we must look to com…

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Ask the Experts: Understanding Therapy

November 12, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

As part of our special series, Understanding Therapy, The Health Collective features Dr Bhavana Gautam. Dr Gautam is a wellness consultant and certified Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) counsellor practising in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She speaks to The Health Collective

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Spread the Word on Dangers of Blue Whale: Supreme Court to DD and TV Channels

October 28, 2017

By Team Health Collective

On October 27, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) took cognisance of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and termed it a national problem. While asking the government for a time-bound plan to ban the game, it has also directed the state-run channel Doordarshan and private telev…

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

October 24, 2017

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India. 
 

Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripa…

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Understanding Therapy: A Psychotherapist's View

October 22, 2017

Pragya Lodha, Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation, speaks to Sukanya Sharma for The Health Collective in our special series Understanding Therapy.

Edited excerpts of the interview:

Q: What exactly is therapy?

A: There is a difference between counselling and therapy. Counselling most…

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Mental Health in India: Which Treatment Model Works Best?

August 8, 2017

By Devanik Saha

India needs more qualified professionals to tackle its mental health crisis. In an earlier piece, I had written how there is an 87% shortage of public mental health professionals in India and this may well be an under-stated figure.

Also Read: The Law and You: Mental Health

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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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Reporter's Diary: Maternal Mental Health and Me

August 2, 2017

By Prerna Uppal

By the time I was 38 weeks pregnant, I was armed to the teeth with information and support for the impending childbirth. I assumed that once the baby arrived, life would be business as usual, plus one.

What I didn’t expect was that this 3.5 kg, 53 cm human would take over my wh…

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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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Fetish: Selena Gomez on a Disturbing Mental Health Issue

July 28, 2017

By Nikita Mishra

Queen Sel might have sparked more than a few conversations with her new music video FetishHer latest single is a complete 180-degree turn from the cutesy vibe she carries and seems to have baffled fans with layers of intense, dark imagery mainly around her mouth. The ‘Bad…

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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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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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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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