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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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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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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Homesickness and loneliness

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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Meet the Community Leaders: Amul Joshi of MINDS Foundation

The Health Collective kicks 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 Bhavnagar, Gujarat-based Amul Janakrai Joshi, director, The MINDS Foundation-India. The MINDS (Mental illness and Neurological Disorders) Foundation is a not-for-Profit working in the field of […]

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