Mental Health and You

Let’s Talk Mental Health: Mumbai Event Report

By Vandita Morarka We curated a space with Bibliotherapy* for conversations on mental health, drawing upon the narratives in the book, “Real stories of dealing with Depression” by Amrita Tripathi & Arpita Anand in Mumbai, at Doolally Khar. The space focused on reimagining what wellbeing, mental health, self and community care can look like – […]

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Dial iCall for Help: How the TISS-Housed Helpline Delivers

iCALL is a psycho-social helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), that aims to offer counselling via phone, mail and chat to those in emotional and psychological distress. The service which runs from 8 am to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday, is primarily funded by the Mariwala Health Initiative, since 2015. […]

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It’s Time to Pay Attention: India’s Biggest Public Health Crisis is Suicide

By Mohit Dhingra Statistics don’t usually justify the on-ground scenarios and the complexity of an issue but here are some anyway. India saw a jump in the number of suicides to a total of 230,314, as submitted by The Lancet Public Health, 2018. For the age groups of 15–29 years and 15–39 years, suicide was […]

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Mental Health and Journalists: The Messenger’s Trauma

By Scherezade Siobhan “Now, there is a distinct feeling of endlessness. It is neither good nor bad, it just seems to be this permanent lack of feeling. I am perpetually numb.” B slumps into the chair like a shorn kite as they relate the story of the FIR against Pawan Jaiswal. Jaiswal is a reporter […]

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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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Art Self Care and Mental Health April 2019

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 is Improv around Mental Health

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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Talking about Art, Poetry and the importance of Self Care

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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