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Your Stories: What It’s Like to Deal With an Anxiety Disorder

What does it feel like to have Anxiety? Is it any easier to talk to friends and loved ones about Anxiety these days, or has the popular use of the words anxiety and depression made things a bit more complicated? The Health Collective’s Amrita Tripathi speaks to journalist and commentator Pragya Tiwari for a first-person […]

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Mental Health

Let’s Talk Mental Health: We Need to Do Better

Amrita Tripathi I asked a few experts why it’s important to do better when it comes to Mental Health conversations in India. Even as we aim to address the gap in resources, the challenges and the stigma, and laud the courage of those who are willing to share their gruelling journeys, hoping that they can […]

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Anxiety and Us: What We Need to Know

By Amrita Tripathi I interviewed Dr Soumitra Pathare of the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, ILS Pune, for a book I’m working on called ‘The Age of Anxiety’ (co-authored with psychologist Kamna Chhibber). You can read more about the latest in the book series here. ALSO READ: Five Tips to Talk about Mental […]

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Gaming and Mental Health

Game On: How Playing Video Games Helped My Mental Health

By Ananya Borgohain While Covid-19 and the lockdowns have made the world a smaller place, they have also reduced it to the status of a narrow portal, where students, the elderly, professionals and homemakers alike live in unison with uncertainty, stress and the gripping fear that they may not meet loved ones this year. Much […]

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Music and Mental Health

Mental Health and Music: Listen to the Song Andhera

Andhera is quite a beautiful, evocative song about a struggle with mental illness; as we know, it’s also brave to share so openly what it can be like to deal with mental illness in India. We asked the artists, Bluesanova and Lil Todu, to share some of their own journey with us.   Song credits: […]

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Emotions and Healing

Five Tips to Talk About Mental Health Responsibly

We know the feeling — things are moving so fast that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the guidelines on commenting/ sharing responsibly when it comes to a topic you are so passionate about… A topic that’s often in the middle of a blindingly urgent news cycle, a news cycle that itself doesn’t […]

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Music and you

Covid-19 and You: Tunes for Troubled Times

By Ilina Acharya The Covid-19 world has changed the topography of how we lead our lives. It has also triggered anxiety and affected our mental health. Uncertainty and the resulting stress can take over the mindscape. My oxygen mask for stress is music. It automatically soothes and calms me. Songs take you back to who […]

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Comics for Mental Health

Lockdown Comics: Applying Lessons Learned Coping with Depression

By Ishita Mehra           Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and […]

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Affirmations on the Health Collective

Positive Affirmation: I Appreciate Myself

By Adwaita Das     Have you looked in the mirror and told yourself “I love you”? Each one of us is doing so much. We deserve our appreciation. Let’s give ourselves our love and acceptance.   Check out more Affirmations by Adwaita Das on the site and in our new book Young Mental Health […]

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Mental Health and Books

Learning to Grieve with Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

By Arpita Das Grief lives in the body, someone said. After my father’s death I began to understand what that insightful set of words meant. At inopportune moments, especially in a closed room with several people, I would feel my chest contracting till I felt I had to fall back on the Lamaze breathing I […]

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