Media Watch: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Suicide

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 brother or sister, perhaps it gives […]

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Mrs C Remembers: An Excerpt

Featuring an excerpt of the wonderful book Mrs C Remembers, where author Himanjali Sankar explores unique family dynamics, the mother-daughter relationship and the condition of dementia (and coming to terms with a loved one getting the diagnosis), with a profound touch.  Also Read: Our interview with Himanjali Sankar  Ma no longer asks if I am tired when […]

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Dementia: Five Things Not to Say to People You Care About

Do read an excerpt of Mrs C Remembers right here on The Health Collective. I. Congratulations on an incredibly compelling story, a complicated one and a very personal one. First off, what drove you to write this book? And what would you want to share about your own personal story? The immediate trigger was the movie ‘Still Alice’ which […]

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The Law and You: Mental Health and the Rights of Minors

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 of minors with regard to decision-making […]

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D is for Depression: The Health Collective Interview (Hindi)

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? अवसाद की इस यात्रा का […]

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We Need to Talk about Mental Health and Therapy

By Sukanya Sharma What is therapy? Why do people shy away from it? What makes the conversation difficult? How does one approach therapy? How does one know one needs help? Will such persons be scrutinised? Will they be tagged or stereotyped? Will people mock them for their vulnerability? Or can we collectively ensure that we move […]

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Mental Health in India: Which Treatment Model Works Best?

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 The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, commissioned by the Government, revealed […]

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