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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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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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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: 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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Reporter's Diary: Mental Health Challenges for Gender and Sexual Minorities

July 14, 2017

By Devanik Saha

In an earlier column on The Health Collective, I had written about the severity of the mental health crisis in India. Even though not enough attention is paid to the issue (both in India and abroad), conversations around mental health are gaining traction. In March 2017, India pa…

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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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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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Fallen Standing: An Excerpt from a Powerful Memoir

April 16, 2017

THE SCHIZOPHRENIST

Excerpted with Permission from Fallen Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist by Reshma Valliappan

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“You guys wait for me to be 30 and then tell me all of this? Why do you assume that I won’t understand?

I’ve understood you ever since I was six!”

This is …

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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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Ten Myths About Child Abuse and Boys

April 2, 2017

This is the second of a two-part series. Read Part I of this piece here. Part II deals with myths on child abuse and the male child --  myths we need to collectively address and debunk, urgently.

By Ratna Golaknath

Here are some myths about male sexual abuse that we need to challenge and info…

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Is India Ready to Tackle a Mental Health Crisis?

December 29, 2016

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Your Story: 'How I Fought My Way out of Depression and Anxiety'

September 28, 2016

This personal narrative of my battle through anxiety and depression is written from the perspective of sharing my story with as many people as possible in the hope of reaching out to those who may benefit from it. A similar story three years ago put me on a path to recovery, and if even a single ind…

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