Girl at Table; Depression; Health Collective

Choose Your Words Wisely: On Melancholy and Sadness

By Jayshree M. Tripathi Have you noticed the apparent stealth with which certain words are doing the rounds on Social Media platforms, in a flippant way? How some persons talk about counselling in belittling tones or alternatively, in nonchalant tones, saying that it is like going to the gym? We need to pause and consider […]

Continue Reading

Sukoon: A Counselling Model for Family Courts across India?

By Sukanya Sharma “Itni shakti hume dena data man ka vishwas kamzor ho na hum chalen nek raste pe hamse bhoolkar bhi koi bhool ho na…”   (Give us so much strength, O Lord, that the faith in our hearts never wavers. may we walk the path of goodness and we don’t make a mistake […]

Continue Reading
Unravel is Improv around Mental Health

Unravel: Improv That Shows Us How to Listen

By Aqseer Sodhi Dear Kaivalya Plays, Congratulations on a fine, heartful attempt at showing us what improv theatre can do for our mental health. The matinee show of Unravel that I attended was about two hours long, with one hour of improv games from behind the fourth wall, and 45 minutes of performance to us, […]

Continue Reading
Talking about Art, Poetry and the importance of Self Care

PAINT ME A CANVAS: ON ART, POETRY AND SELF-CARE

By Sukanya Sharma Adwaita Das, Meghna Prakash, and Shyama VS are young artists who openly talk about mental health through their art, poetry and illustrations. Adwaita Das is an author, film-maker and artist; Shyama is a designer who worked on a project called the A to Z of Mental Health, and Meghna Prakash is a poet. […]

Continue Reading

Your Stories: Surviving and Dealing with PCOS

By Vandita Morarka I learned retrospectively that I have had Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) since right after tenth grade, though it took doctors several years to adequately diagnose it. It’s surprising that for an illness that is increasingly common, there still isn’t enough awareness. PCOS is a common hormonal problem amongst young women worldwide, affecting […]

Continue Reading
Students March

PSYCH-Ed: Talking Positive Mental Health, One School at a Time

By Dr Samir Parikh Having closely worked in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health with various schools over several years, we have realised the necessity of understanding the kind of problems faced by children and adolescents from their perspective itself. ALSO READ: RELATIONSHIP STRESS AND MORE: WHAT’S TROUBLING OUR KIDS In fact, given […]

Continue Reading

What is a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health?

By The Mariwala Health Initiative This post seeks to explain what a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Healthcare looks like, and why it is important. A History of Rights-Violations Human rights violations in mental health care have reached such epic proportions that practitioners refer to it as an ‘unresolved global crisis’. In many countries, including India, people […]

Continue Reading
Flowers healing

Mental Health First Aid for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

By Vandita Morarka Author’s Note: This manual wouldn’t have been possible without multiple inputs from Dr. Avinash DeSousa and Pragya Lodha. Their views have been condensed, along with the views of other mental health professionals, to provide an easy to read format.   Sexual violence has an immense impact on physical and mental health. An aspect […]

Continue Reading
Team

Mental Health in India: A Call to Bridge the Care Gap

By Team Health Collective As an ambitious campaign kicks off, looking for concerned stakeholders to advocate for access to mental healthcare and support in India using a rights based approach, we shared three quick questions with Dr Soumitra Pathare (@netshrink), Coordinator, Centre for MH Law & Policy, Indian Law Society, to understand the importance of this initiative. Take […]

Continue Reading
The Artidote on instagram

On Empathy and Valuing EQ: Meet The Artidote Founder Jova Ferreryra

Jovanny “Jova” Varela Ferreyra is the founder of The Artidote, an incredible site, which in its own words: “Launched in 2015 as a virtual space where to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art, today The Artidote community has become a global support group that has saved lives through social media.” Read edited excerpts of an […]

Continue Reading