Spread the Word on Dangers of Blue Whale: Supreme Court to DD and TV Channels

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 television channels to help create awareness about the deadly game, by […]

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India.  Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripathi about his book, his journey, and some of the very personal and […]

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Understanding Therapy: A Psychotherapist’s View

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 mostly refers to talks that happen with the client. Sometimes the patient only needs someone […]

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Mental Health in the News 2

The Headline: Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Amygdala Healthier (Science Daily) What you need to know: Our brain contains an area of grey matter called the amygdala, which helps process anxiety, is involved in threat detection and more. A study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany looked at people living in […]

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Your Stories: Sadventures by Solo

Art by Solo for The Health Collective   About the artist: 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. She also has 4 cats. Read More Sadventures by Solo  

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare in Educational Institutions

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-based mental healthcare practices in educational institutions. It is time for India to pay attention […]

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Severe Side Effects: One Woman’s Journey Through Antidepressants

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 prescribed escitalopram (Lexapro in the US; sold as Cipralex, […]

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Mental Health in the News

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 Score (PHS) combines the effects of over two dozen gene mutations, […]

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