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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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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Dementia: Five Things Not to Say to People You Care About

By Amrita Tripathi Do read excerpt of Mrs C Remembers right here on The Health Collective. Below are lightly edited excerpts of an interview with the author, Himanjali Sankar. 1. Congratulations on an incredibly compelling story, a complicated one and a very personal one. First off, what drove you to write this book? And what would you want to […]

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Relationships, Happiness, Living the Life You Want

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychotherapist, radio host and the author of HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS: At Home, Work and Play (Fingerprint Rs 250), Lucy Beresford.  1) You host a Sex and Relationships show on radio… Can you tell us some of the common themes/ questions that come up? The most common themes tend to be (from men) erectile […]

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