Your Stories: The Great Meltdown and the Healing that Came Next

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

By Nikita Mishra Queen Sel might have sparked more than a few conversations with her new music video Fetish. Her 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 Liar’ star has been teasing the video release on her Instagram […]

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The Law and You: Mental Health and Employee Rights

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 explaining this law in detail here. The Rights of […]

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Ask the Experts: A Case for Emotionality

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 significant role in the decay of health. Not to […]

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Ask the Experts: How to Cope with Break-ups, Divorce (Hindi)

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- जैसे इसे अगर हम सामाजिक तरीके से, समझदारी […]

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

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 passed the Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalised suicide and […]

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The Law and You: Mental Health in India

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 health, corresponding treatment and frameworks that govern mental […]

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