Mental Health and Books

Learning to Grieve with Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

By Arpita Das Grief lives in the body, someone said. After my father’s death I began to understand what that insightful set of words meant. At inopportune moments, especially in a closed room with several people, I would feel my chest contracting till I felt I had to fall back on the Lamaze breathing I […]

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Mindscape 2: Young Mental Health Book Excerpt

As you may have heard, our new book on Young Mental Health is out. It’s nothing if not a massive, collective endeavour. We wanted to share some of the insights, and the solid, moving foreword that Dr Amit Sen shared with us.   FOREWORD BY DR AMIT SEN* I remember when I decided to pursue […]

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Covid-19 and You: Grief, Mental Health and Julian Barnes’ Nothing to Be Frightened Of

By Arpita Das We are being told by mental health practitioners and armchair experts time and again as the pandemic rages that what we are feeling right now, this heaviness, the lassitude, the pain in our gut, is grief. As if grief were as novel an experience as the novel coronavirus. So novel, we would […]

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Young India: Girl Up MIS in Conversation on Mental Health and India

We did a Live session the other day organised by the wonderful Girl Up MIS to talk about Mental Health and more. Here’s what the fabulous moderator had to say about why she set up the session: Mental illness has always been somewhat of an unspoken, or misunderstood topic, especially in Indian society. While hosting […]

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Book 2 in the Mindscape Series: Young Mental Health

So excited to announce that our second book in the Mindscape series, Young Mental Health co-authored by me, Amrita Tripathi and Meera Haran Alva, is coming soon! Please check out our cool cover here designed by Mridu Agarwal of Simon and Schuster India!       More info #ComingSoon!

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We are in This Together: Dr Karan Thakur on The Health Collective

We had shared a while ago that we would love to hear from you, yes you! You’re Not Alone: Sharing your Thoughts in Solidarity Without making this just a symbolic gesture, or sharing empty words, we do want you to know that you’re Not Alone. Today, am delighted to share more from Dr Karan Thakur […]

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Mental Health and Us

You’re Not Alone: Sharing your Thoughts in Solidarity

I put up a short video to kick off part of our #NotAlone campaign and conversations for those of you who want to share how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and if you want to send a message of solidarity to others going through what they’re going through. No pressure to join in! If you […]

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How the Light Gets In: Attending to our Anxiety about COVID-19

This is the second part of a two-part series. Do Read Part One on Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic here By Scherezade Siobhan Lately, I have been watching documentaries about folklore to stave off my own depressive and anxious phases during the lockdown. As people reel from the physical impact of the novel coronavirus, […]

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Comics for Mental Health

Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression

By Ishita Mehra   Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and illustrator. Her work includes writing and illustrating personal stories of people […]

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Let’s Talk: How are We Feeling?

We recently held a few chats to see how people are feeling… wanted to reach out to as many people as possible to say… It’s Ok. It’s tough and unprecedented, and it’s ok to feel overwhelmed. And yes, it is a spectrum of concerns, a spectrum of feelings. Adding some of the links here to […]

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