Mental health Day 2019

Let’s Talk Mental Health: The Gurgaon Literature Festival Focuses on Mental Health This Year

This year, the Gurgaon Literature Festival will be focusing on Mental Health and Illness. Festival director Shabri Prasad Singh, who has written a book called Borderline, based on Borderline Personality Disorder shares some of her thoughts in our email Q&A with The Health Collective‘s Amrita Tripathi. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. What: […]

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Let’s Talk Mental Health: Mumbai Event Report

By Vandita Morarka We curated a space with Bibliotherapy* for conversations on mental health, drawing upon the narratives in the book, “Real stories of dealing with Depression” by Amrita Tripathi & Arpita Anand in Mumbai, at Doolally Khar. The space focused on reimagining what wellbeing, mental health, self and community care can look like – […]

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Your Stories: Battling Stigma, Expectations and other Burdens as a Young Adult with Depression

By Ishita Mehra I used to think that the inability to work was an excuse most people would make to get off work. Until I reached that inability to work and function and then I became ‘that person’ with ‘that excuse’ to get off work. ‘That person’ with ‘that excuse’ of not knowing how to express […]

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Art for Mental Health: You are Unique and the World Needs You

  About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours of Shadow, 27 Stitches, and Songs of Sanity deal with mental health awareness. Karon Kolkata Ebong Onyo Golpo, her debut feature film, is ready for release. She is currently creating art to share good vibes, and writing epic sci-fi fantasy to make mindfulness the coolest thing! Check Out Affirmations by Adwaita Das Disclaimer: […]

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Solo’s Sadventure Time 10: It’s All In a Diagnosis

Art by Solo for The Health Collective   As someone who is BPD, meeting people who can relate to my symptoms is quite a common part of my life. To be honest, it would be strange if they didn’t. At the end of the day, a personality disorder does mean that you indulge in a […]

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Your Stories: How the Urdu Ghazal became ‘Therapy’ for Me

By Ilina Acharya Part of my healing and recovery process, which in my case is managing my anxiety and learning coping skills, is finding new forms of therapy for myself. This is not an alternative to clinical therapy; by ‘therapy’ here, I mean self-care. Clinical Therapy is also a form of self-care and a safe […]

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Dial iCall for Help: How the TISS-Housed Helpline Delivers

iCALL is a psycho-social helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), that aims to offer counselling via phone, mail and chat to those in emotional and psychological distress. The service which runs from 8 am to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday, is primarily funded by the Mariwala Health Initiative, since 2015. […]

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Art for Mental Health: Boosting Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Worth

By Adwaita Das     About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours of Shadow, 27 Stitches, and Songs of Sanity deal with mental health awareness. Karon Kolkata Ebong Onyo Golpo, her debut feature film, is ready for release. She is currently creating art to share good vibes, and writing epic sci-fi fantasy to make mindfulness the coolest thing! Check Out Affirmations […]

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Mental health Day 2019

This World Mental Health Day (and Every Day) Know That Your Life is Valuable

This World Mental Health Day, the theme is Suicide Prevention. On this day — and on every day — let us remind you that *you are important, *you matter, and your life is valuable. Reach out to someone if you need to talk.     Reach out for help: Contacts and Helplines   Feature Image […]

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It’s Time to Pay Attention: India’s Biggest Public Health Crisis is Suicide

By Mohit Dhingra Statistics don’t usually justify the on-ground scenarios and the complexity of an issue but here are some anyway. India saw a jump in the number of suicides to a total of 230,314, as submitted by The Lancet Public Health, 2018. For the age groups of 15–29 years and 15–39 years, suicide was […]

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