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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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Understanding Therapy: Let’s Talk About Dependence

By Kamna Chhibber The word ‘dependence’ in the context of therapy has received much criticism and negative commentary over the years. Most who enter therapy or know loved ones who are in therapy tend to be apprehensive about the ‘dependency’ that can get fostered in therapy towards the therapist. There is an underlying hesitation that […]

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Affirmations: I Accept Success

By Adwaita Das     We all wish for success. But thanks to social conditioning, we often push it away sub-consciously. Because struggle has forever been glorified. The above affirmation can help prepare the self for success. Success arrives when we really want to accept it from deep inside.   About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. […]

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Rethinking Mental Health

Event Listing: FICCI and Health Collective Partner for Delhi Conference

Join The Health Collective, FICCI, and a host of key stakeholders at a conference on Rethinking Mental Health. Panellists include Dr Achal Bhagat, Dr Amit Sen, Anant Zanane, Anuj Dayal, Dr Ashutosh Dabral, Deepa Singh Bais, Ira Singhal, Rajvi Mariwala, Tasneem Raja, Tanmoy Goswami and many more! Date: October 11, 2019 Time: 9:30 am Venue: […]

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Mental Health and You

Event Listing: Mumbai

We’re curating a space for conversations on mental health, drawing upon the narratives in the book, “Real stories of dealing with Depression” by Amrita Tripathi & Arpita Anand, to reimagine what mental health, self and community care can look like – especially with a focus on the intersections of work and mental health. Date: 2nd […]

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Mental Health and Journalists: The Messenger’s Trauma

By Scherezade Siobhan “Now, there is a distinct feeling of endlessness. It is neither good nor bad, it just seems to be this permanent lack of feeling. I am perpetually numb.” B slumps into the chair like a shorn kite as they relate the story of the FIR against Pawan Jaiswal. Jaiswal is a reporter […]

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