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Surviving Suicide Loss: A First-Person Account with Dr Nandini Murali

Dr. Nandini Murali is a survivor of Suicide Loss, and the Director of SPEAK, an initiative of the MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, set up to create safe supportive spaces for conversations on Suicide and promote Mental Health. Here is an e-interview where she shares some of her journey, and why we all […]

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Guide to Grief

Learning to Grieve: Through the Tunnel, with Barthes’ Mourning Diary

By Arpita Das Joan Didion writes that grieving is an experience, but mourning is work, and she could not have said it better. Grieving is certainly something one goes through, one experiences, one gives in to, one has to submit to when one experiences loss — be it the loss of a loved one to […]

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Your Stories: What It’s Like to Deal With an Anxiety Disorder

What does it feel like to have Anxiety? Is it any easier to talk to friends and loved ones about Anxiety these days, or has the popular use of the words anxiety and depression made things a bit more complicated? The Health Collective’s Amrita Tripathi speaks to journalist and commentator Pragya Tiwari for a first-person […]

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Gaming and Mental Health

Game On: How Playing Video Games Helped My Mental Health

By Ananya Borgohain While Covid-19 and the lockdowns have made the world a smaller place, they have also reduced it to the status of a narrow portal, where students, the elderly, professionals and homemakers alike live in unison with uncertainty, stress and the gripping fear that they may not meet loved ones this year. Much […]

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Music and Mental Health

Mental Health and Music: Listen to the Song Andhera

Andhera is quite a beautiful, evocative song about a struggle with mental illness; as we know, it’s also brave to share so openly what it can be like to deal with mental illness in India. We asked the artists, Bluesanova and Lil Todu, to share some of their own journey with us.   Song credits: […]

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Music and you

Covid-19 and You: Tunes for Troubled Times

By Ilina Acharya The Covid-19 world has changed the topography of how we lead our lives. It has also triggered anxiety and affected our mental health. Uncertainty and the resulting stress can take over the mindscape. My oxygen mask for stress is music. It automatically soothes and calms me. Songs take you back to who […]

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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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