Five Years in, Sheroes Helpline Aims for High Empathy, Deep Impact

Amrita Tripathi We spent some time this summer looking up stress and other helplines that are operational in India, and will be taking a closer look at how these helplines function, as well as other insights they can share. Here are excerpts of an e-interview  with Sairee Chahal, Founder-CEO of SHEROES (a women-only social network). […]

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Young Mental Health: A Message to End Bullying

By Amrita Tripathi It’s an incredible thing to meet young people — an event that can often spark hope and the strong belief that things will change for the better. Thanks to Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and the Fortis Mental Health team, I met a bright young group of Mental Health advocates last month. […]

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The Book Launch Adventure

By Amrita Tripathi We launched the book ‘Real Stories of Dealing With Depression’ in Delhi on Friday, June 28, and could not have been happier with the turn-out, the attentiveness of the audience, or the calibre of the conversations and comments. It was incredible to have contributors Anant Zanane, Deepa Singh, Shubhrata Prakash and Swarnima […]

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Mental Health Books: Real Stories of Dealing With Depression

  We are delighted to share that pre-orders are open for the first book in the Mindscape series, published by Simon & Schuster India. ‘Real Stories of Dealing With Depression’ is truly a Health Collective effort, featuring 10 stories — 9 first-person stories you have shared with us, and built out further for the book, […]

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How to Own Your Story and Move Beyond a Diagnosis of Depression or BPD

By Amrita Tripathi Last weekend at the Jaipur Literature Festival, it was a privilege to speak to Dr Shelja Sen, well-known psychologist, co-founder of Children First, and the author of Reclaim Your Life, as well as Shabri Prasad Singh, the brave author of Borderline, a novel on borderline personality disorder. Both women are inspiring, passionate […]

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Lessons From a Student Support Centre, One Year On

By Amrita Tripathi The Manipal Student Support Centre recently completed a year of operations. Set up as part of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and funded by the Academy, with services exclusively for students (and covered by student insurance), it could be a viable model for other educational institutes in India. I checked in […]

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We Need to Talk: Suicide and Suicide Prevention

By Amrita Tripathi A recent article in the Times of India highlighted that in India, a student takes his/her own life every hour. Every hour. Every year, we talk about exam stress, often ignoring relationship stress, the magnitude of pressure on the young, and certainly overlooking the fact that – as senior psychiatrist and co-founder of Children First, Dr Amit Sen […]

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Hidden Illness: The Dr Vikram Patel Interview

As part of our series, Ask the Experts, The Health Collective is delighted to share PART TWO of this interview with renowned psychiatrist Dr Vikram Patel, the Co-Founder, Sangath. Also Watch: Part One of the Interview     Amrita: Dr Patel, just to pick up a little bit from what we’re talking about in terms of […]

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Understanding Therapy: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Shruti Venkatesh What is OCD? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by recurrent, unwanted, and sometimes bizarre thoughts, impulses, or doubts that evoke affective distress (obsessions – e.g., dirt, germs, or specific situations) and repetitive behavioural or mental rituals performed to reduce this distress (compulsions – e.g., cleaning, washing, or checking). Symptoms begin gradually and […]

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What’s Mental Health got to do With Pets and Animal Care?

What does mental health have to do with animal care? In our Health Collective special, Amrita Tripathi interviews Canine Behaviourist Rajvi Mariwala for insight into some extreme stressors. Edited excerpts of our interview: 1) Can you share a little bit more on what you highlighted wrt mental health stressors in the animal care environment? Companion animals or pets have been historically […]

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