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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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November News: Best of Health Collective

November 19, 2017

Firstly, a BIG thank you to you, our readers and community. We couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome this past year. We aspire to do much more, launch our news series, India's Voxes, Ask the Experts, and more... Do keep sharing your thoughts, comments, stories and feedback here / @healthcollecti…

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Mental Health in the News: Toxic Air and Mental Health

November 11, 2017

Mental Health/ Health Collective

 

THE HEADLINE: How Toxic Air Clouds Mental Health (Science Daily)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health have found that air pollution not only affects the lungs, but also the brain. The study merged results of a study with 6,000 part…

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Unplug and Learn to Reconnect

November 5, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma
 


“If you're born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown.” ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation (Courtesy Goodreads)
 

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Mental Health and You: Words that Stick

November 4, 2017

Kishore Mohan for The Health Collective

Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

 

Check out more original Comics by Kishore Mohan on 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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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

 

Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

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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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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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

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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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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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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