Mental Health and the LGBTQ+ Community

By Devanik Saha The Lalit Hospitality Group on Sunday organised a seminar on ‘Understanding LGBTQ+ community from a mental health perspective. This was done in collaboration with the Indian Psychiatric Society and HealthCare Professionals for Queer India (HPQI), a collective which works to sensitise health care workers to the LGBTQ+ community’s health care needs. So […]

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Voices: What is Stressing out Delhi’s Girls?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live a fulfilling and productive life. In the recent past, the debate around mental health has got some traction, with efforts being made by different stakeholders to […]

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Suicide Prevention: Is India’s Data Enough to Tackle the Complex Issue?

‘Farmers commit suicide due to debt and crop failure’.  ‘Housewives commit suicide due to domestic violence’. ‘Young students commit suicide due to failure in exams’. You will have seen these phrases, which commonly appear in media reports and social media discussions on suicide in India. More often than not, any debate or discussion tends to revolve […]

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Spread the Word on Dangers of Blue Whale: Supreme Court to DD and TV Channels

By Team Health Collective On October 27, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) took cognisance of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and termed it a national problem. While asking the government for a time-bound plan to ban the game, it has also directed the state-run channel Doordarshan and private television channels to help create awareness about the deadly game, by […]

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Mental Health in India: Which Treatment Model Works Best?

By Devanik Saha India needs more qualified professionals to tackle its mental health crisis. In an earlier piece, I had written how there is an 87% shortage of public mental health professionals in India and this may well be an under-stated figure. Also Read: The Law and You: Mental Health The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, commissioned by the Government, revealed […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Mental Health Challenges for Gender and Sexual Minorities

By Devanik Saha In an earlier column on The Health Collective, I had written about the severity of the mental health crisis in India. Even though not enough attention is paid to the issue (both in India and abroad), conversations around mental health are gaining traction. In March 2017, India passed the Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalised suicide and […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Male Suicides in India

By Devanik Saha “Men are more vulnerable than women.” “This country is biased against men.” “More Men commit suicides than women.” “Patriarchy affects men more than women. No one talks about suicides by married men, everyone talks only about housewives’ suicides.” These are some of the arguments made by men rights activists and people opposed […]

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Is India Ready to Tackle a Mental Health Crisis?

By Devanik Saha India’s impending health crisis is not a secret at all. With several indicators –- maternal mortality, infant mortality, number of live births, etc — being worse than countries poorer than India, there is a definite need to revamp the health sector. But one can seek consolation in the fact that many of these issues […]

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