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Loneliness, Isolation, Burn-out: Why Covid-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers Need Their Own Helpline

While the entire country struggles with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s perhaps not surprising that front line healthcare workers are dealing with the brunt of the issue. iCALL, TISS with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a dedicated multilingual counselling helpline “SWAASTHI” earlier this year for healthcare providers and […]

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Mental Health

Coming Up: Webinar on Mental Health and Reporters

Calling all reporters and journalists! Do register for free at: http://bit.ly/2yK5fif to join a Webinar on Reporting and Mental Health. This is in partnership between Sangath, the Schizophrenia Research Foundation and The Health Collective. Hear from reporters on the challenges on reporting around Covid-19 and from wonderful speakers with advice, insight and tips: Manoj Chandran […]

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Announcing: The India for Mental Health Fellowship

2020 is finally here… and with it, an exciting announcement! Applications are now open for the first edition of the ‘India for Mental Health Fellowship’, brought to you by The Health Collective and India Spend.     Find out more info here including on how to apply The objective: Four reporting fellows will cover Mental […]

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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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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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