Your Stories: Surviving and Dealing with PCOS

By Vandita Morarka I learned retrospectively that I have had Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) since right after tenth grade, though it took doctors several years to adequately diagnose it. It’s surprising that for an illness that is increasingly common, there still isn’t enough awareness. PCOS is a common hormonal problem amongst young women worldwide, affecting […]

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Mental Health First Aid for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

By Vandita Morarka Author’s Note: This manual wouldn’t have been possible without multiple inputs from Dr. Avinash DeSousa and Pragya Lodha. Their views have been condensed, along with the views of other mental health professionals, to provide an easy to read format.   Sexual violence has an immense impact on physical and mental health. An aspect […]

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The Freedom Series: Interviewing an Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

Vandita Morarka interviews Koninika Roy, an Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust, as part of our ongoing Freedom Series on The Health Collective.  Tell us a little about yourself? I am 24 years old. I am an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a workaholic who is convinced no amount of work is ever enough. What […]

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Mothers and Mental Health

By Vandita Morarka ‘The pedestal you put women on is a cage’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg As mothers, women are expected (and expect themselves) to leave no stone unturned for the smallest needs of their children, often with little concern for their own personal well-being and healthcare. Whether you consider pregnancy, delivery, adoption, surrogacy, or […]

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The Law and You: Trans Persons, Mental Healthcare and the Law

By Vandita Morarka “People call us hijra, chakka and all sorts of things, no one asks us our individual names or what we want to be called. Terminology doesn’t matter when there is no respect,” Surekha*, a transgender woman from a low income community, who self-identifies as belonging to the hijra community tells The Health Collective. These […]

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Mental Health and You: The Work From Home Dilemma

By Vandita Morarka I work from home on several days through certain months of the year, owing to the nature of my work and multiple commitments. It’s generally not been for longer than a week at a time, though, which is perhaps why I’ve always found it convenient. Of late, though, I’ve had to work from […]

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Workplaces and Mental Health

Our earlier piece on employee mental health rights in the workplace looked at what the law says about mental health support at the workplace in India and examined glaring gaps in the legislation. While we wait for legislation to catch up to urgent realities, we must look to companies to implement mental health management strategies and policies. […]

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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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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare in Educational Institutions

By Vandita Morarka Childhood and adolescence are without doubt the most important phase of one’s developmental life, which is why focus on mental and physical well being is the only way to ensure holistic development. Internationally, several developed and developing nations have adopted wide-based mental healthcare practices in educational institutions. It is time for India to pay attention […]

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare Insurance in India

By Vandita Morarka An India Spend report highlights that 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, this is about 6.5% of the country’s population. The World Health Organisation also estimates that around 57 million Indians suffer from depression. A recent survey by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) states that 13.7 % […]

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