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Suicide Prevention: Is India's Data Enough to Tackle the Complex Issue?

November 15, 2017

By Devanik Saha

'Farmers commit suicide due to debt and crop failure'.
'Housewives commit suicide due to domestic violence'.
'Young students commit suicide due to failure in exams'.

You will have seen these phrases, which commonly appear in media reports and social media discussions on suic…

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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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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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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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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

The Health Collective

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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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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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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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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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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The Law and You: Mental Health and Employee Rights

July 27, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

Let's take a look at understanding what employment and employee rights exist in India, with reference to those with mental illnesses. The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 looks at healthcare and support provisions for those who have mental illnesses, you can read a piece explain…

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Long Read: Anxiety Disorders in India

July 17, 2017

By Arti Malik

Most of us have experienced feelings of apprehension or physical unease, for example (and often) when we are faced with a difficult situation. We live in an environment that is dynamic and challenging in multiple ways and this can often lead to stress. While we tend to possess effec…

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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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