How the Light Gets In: Attending to our Anxiety about COVID-19

This is the second part of a two-part series. Do Read Part One on Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic here By Scherezade Siobhan Lately, I have been watching documentaries about folklore to stave off my own depressive and anxious phases during the lockdown. As people reel from the physical impact of the novel coronavirus, […]

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Mental Health and Us

Ask the Experts: Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic

This is the first in a two-part series. Do read Part 2 on how to cope, ‘How the Light Gets In’ By Scherezade Siobhan There have been some obvious shifts in how conversation flows with my clients since the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the more obvious changes has been recognising how heightened anxiety can no […]

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Mental health Day 2019

Ask the Experts: How to Care for Yourself in Tough Times

By Kamna Chhibber Situations around you can act as triggers, making you experience strong negative emotions or leading to thoughts which are difficult to manage. They can act as reminders of past negative experiences, challenge your current sense of comfort with how your life is progressing and make you wonder about how the future will […]

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Healing

Understanding Therapy: What to Expect in Your First Session

By Kamna Chhibber This is a matter of intrigue for most people who are interested in knowing about therapy or are considering taking therapy for themselves or others they know. The curiosity about what happens, what to expect, how to prep is immense. The thought about the first session can lead to intense anxiety. I […]

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Youth Bol Report

YouthBol: What’s the Health Wishlist for 1 Lakh Young Indians?

YouthBol, a campaign launched last September by the Centre for Catalysing Change and its partner USAID’s Maternal Child Survival Plan Project, released findings from a poll that reached more than 1 lakh young Indians. The idea was to find out what Young India’s priorities are when it comes to health and well-being. Their press release […]

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Apurupa Vatsalya and team

Meet the Community Leaders: Apurupa Vatsalya of Bibliotherapy

The Health Collective has kicked off a series focusing on community leaders working on mental health awarness in the country. Here are excerpts of an interview by Vandita Morarka with the Mumbai-based Apurupa Vatsalya, an intersectional feminist and a lawyer-turned-sexuality-educator, writer, researcher and trainer. Vatsalya works in the realm of gender, sexuality, safety, body positivity, […]

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Ask the Experts: What’s Troubling our Kids?

वो समस्याएं जो आपके बच्चों-किशोरों को करती है परेशान डॉ. समीर पारिख मैं बीते दो दशक से देश भर में बच्चों के साथ काम कर रहा हूं. फोर्टिस समूह के स्कूल मेंटल हेल्थ प्रोग्राम से जुड़े होने के कारण, हमारी टीम कई स्तरों पर काम करती है. इसमें छात्र, टीचर और पैरेंट्स सबसे बातचीत करना भी शामिल […]

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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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Mental Health and You

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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