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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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Affirmations: Bye, Bye Anxiety

By Adwaita Das     Remember, breathing is the key – the key to channelising the universe within us and around us. Breathing is the key to everything we want to let go of and everything we wish to have. Breathing exercises and affirmations can be done in any place or situation. When anxiety attacks, […]

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Young Voices: A Letter from a Law Student on Life, Stress and Being There

By Sukirti Agrawal I am writing this letter to remind you how much I care for you. You are a gem and I am here for you. This letter is a gentle reminder for our loneliness. I hope for it to relieve you and make you feel strong; for you to feel free to dance […]

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Affirmations: The Power of Self-Love

By Adwaita Das     Self doubt can be a real super villain – cackling about our shortcomings, putting us down, bringing up crippling guilt and fear. Repeat the above affirmations to tune into the super power of self-love! Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das   About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her […]

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Your Stories: ‘I’m In Therapy And It’s Wonderful’

By Rachit Varma The world that I live in, the people that surround me, the circles that I’m a part of; they’re mostly good. But I’d like to tell them something today. Something that I’ve been meaning to talk about for some time now. Something very personal and something that may surprise some of you. […]

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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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Ground Report: Pune’s Schizophrenia Awareness Association Centre

By Sukanya Sharma Pune-based Anshul Mehta* (Name changed) tells The Health Collective about his daughter, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. मेरी बेटी की जो शुरुआत हो गयी…इस बीमारी की, हमें पता नहीं चला। वो स्कूल में थोड़ी स्लो लर्नर हो गयी थी, और उसने एक कक्षा पास करने के लिए दो साल लगाए…१०th में हमने कहा […]

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Sukoon: A Counselling Model for Family Courts across India?

By Sukanya Sharma “Itni shakti hume dena data man ka vishwas kamzor ho na hum chalen nek raste pe hamse bhoolkar bhi koi bhool ho na…”   (Give us so much strength, O Lord, that the faith in our hearts never wavers. may we walk the path of goodness and we don’t make a mistake […]

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Unravel: Improv That Shows Us How to Listen

By Aqseer Sodhi Dear Kaivalya Plays, Congratulations on a fine, heartful attempt at showing us what improv theatre can do for our mental health. The matinee show of Unravel that I attended was about two hours long, with one hour of improv games from behind the fourth wall, and 45 minutes of performance to us, […]

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PAINT ME A CANVAS: ON ART, POETRY AND SELF-CARE

By Sukanya Sharma Adwaita Das, Meghna Prakash, and Shyama VS are young artists who openly talk about mental health through their art, poetry and illustrations. Adwaita Das is an author, film-maker and artist; Shyama is a designer who worked on a project called the A to Z of Mental Health, and Meghna Prakash is a poet. […]

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