Amrita Tripathi is the founder-editor of The Health Collective and a partner at The Collectif . She has 18 years of work experience in the media and as a published writer. Her novels, Broken News (2010) and The Sibius Knot (2015) deal with the darker side of urban realities. She has co-authored the Mindscape series of books with leading psychologists — Real Stories of Dealing with Depression (2019) with Arpita Anand, Young Mental Health (2020) with Meera Haran Alva, and The Age of Anxiety (2021) with Kamna Chhibber. Tripathi co-authored Life Interrupted: Understanding India’s Suicide Crisis (2022) with Dr Soumitra Pathare & Dr Abhijit Nadkarni. She tweets @amritat and @healthcollectif. Read More by Amrita here
Abhishek Kumar is a partner at The Collectif (2020); He has more than 20 years of experience in the media, working in venture capital and as an entrepreneur. He tweets @akumar2408
Working with trusted mental health experts, we started step-by-step six years ago, to list out the basics you need to know; aggregating a list of helplines/ resources available, as well as vetted psychologists and psychiatrists, so that when you need someone, you’ll be able to find someone trusted close to you. The Health Collective is privileged to be consulting with leading psychologists and psychiatrists — from Dr Amit Sen of Children First, Dr Achal Bhagat of Saarthak, to Dr Samir Parikh of Fortis Healthcare, to Kamna Chhibber (Head, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare), Meera Haran Alva, Arpita Anand, Varkha Chulani, and Prof Vindhya Unudurti of TISS, Hyderabad and many others, whose interviews and articles feature on our site.
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Tanmoy Goswami is a user-survivor; fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford; and the creator of Sanity, India’s first independent, reader-funded mental health storytelling platform. Tanmoy is an advisor to the Keshav Desiraju Indian Mental Health Observatory, and a jury member for the SIREN awards, India’s first journalism prize for reporting on suicide. His work has been cited across the international media. He credits The Health Collective, where he wrote one of his first journalistic pieces on the topic of mental health, with giving him the conviction that this work is urgent and valuable. Read and see more by Tanmoy Goswami here
Kamna Chhibber Heads Mental Health for the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare. She is a trained therapist working with children, adolescents and adults. She is passionate about working in the space of child-adolescent mental health, relationships, trauma and abuse. She designs and creates programs for implementation in schools, corporate organizations and NGO’s that are directed towards enhancing mental health and well-being. She is a writer and author of books and is regularly featured in publications on issues pertaining to mental health and is a TedX speaker. She has played a significant role in enhancing the awareness and understanding pertaining to mental health within the country and is a well-known expert on issues relating to mental health. Kamna Chhibber is the co-author of The Age of Anxiety (2021) with Amrita Tripathi. Read More by Kamna here
Dr. Karan Thakur serves as the Group Sustainability Lead & Vice President – Public Affairs for the Apollo Hospitals Group, Asia’s largest integrated healthcare provider. Dr. Thakur is a seasoned healthcare administrator with wide experience in the field of health policy, hospital operations, projects, health communications and healthcare sustainability.
In his current role, Dr. Thakur is part of the Group’s expansion initiatives, public policy engagement & sustainability initiatives. Based out of New Delhi, Dr. Thakur is a well-respected columnist and podcaster who has covered subjects ranging from health policy, healthcare reforms and growth and development of the Indian healthcare ecosystem.
Dr. Thakur is an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and National Law University, New Delhi. He was the 2022 Global Fellow from India for the Eisenhower Fellowships & the recipient of the Thomas B. McCabe Fellow recognition. Read and see more by Dr Karan Thakur here
Sunalini Mathew is a journalist who has worked across publications such as The Hindu, Reader’s Digest, Women’s Health, Prevention, and Child, with by lines in Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. She has experience in editing, writing, PR, events, and social media, and has also worked in the development sector leading a team of communications professionals.
Having worked extensively with international publications, she is conversant with delivering content based on brand guidelines and style sheets. At The Hindu, she introduced a series of mental health stories from a user-survivor perspective to benefit those going through similar experiences and to raise awareness about mental health conditions.
Ayushi Khemka (she/her) is the creator & co-founder of Mental Health Talks India, an initiative that explores the questions of mental health through the lens of lived experience, centering on socio-political systems and structures. Being a person with lived experience of depression and anxiety, Ayushi actively creates more dialogue on what mental health truly means in terms of people’s everyday experiences. She is driven by the desire to end the use of jargon in mental health discourses and root them in the languages and realities of the every day.
When she is not writing on all things mental health, you can find her playing the role of a PhD student in Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, gender based online violence, ethics of social media, digital humanities, computational social science and social determinants of mental health. She has an MPhil in Women’s Studies and an MA in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She can be reached via Twitter for GIF-generated rants @jittery_glitter. See more by and with Ayushi Khemka here
Solo is a Calcutta/Bangalore-based writer and cartoonist. Bored with a very successful career in advertising, she recently quit all the money and sexism to pursue her dreams – which include sleeping, playing with her four cats and raging on the internet.
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Adwaita Das is the author of Quantum Tango, Colours of Shadow, 27 Stitches andSongs of Sanity. Their art features in various publications and illustrated series, includingYoung Mental Health with The Health Collective and Divine Darkness by Black Bough Poetry. They have worked in theatre, news, advertising and filmmaking. As creative facilitator, inclusive and innovative, Adwaita applies spoken imagery to address trauma and share tools of peace.
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