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Ask the Experts: What's Stressing Out Indian Kids?

January 20, 2018

Ask the Experts with Dr Amit Sen


Amrita Tripathi, Founder-Editor, The Health Collective
We’re in conversation today with senior psychiatrist Dr Amit Sen to take us through some of the most common stressors when it comes to child and adolescent mental health.

Dr Amit Sen, Fo…

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We Need to Talk: Suicide and Suicide Prevention

January 13, 2018

By Amrita Tripathi

A recent article in the Times of India highlighted that in India, a student takes his/her own life every hour. Every hour. Every year, we talk about exam stress, often ignoring relationship stress, the magnitude of pressure on the young, and certainly overlooking the fact that

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What's Mental Health got to do With Pets and Animal Care?

December 4, 2017


What does mental health have to do with animal care? In our Health Collective special, Amrita Tripathi interviews Canine Behaviourist Rajvi Mariwala for insight into some extreme stressors. Edited excerpts of our interview:


1) Can you share a little bit more on what you highlighted wr…

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

October 24, 2017

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India. 

Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripa…

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We Need to Talk: The Anna Chandy Interview

September 3, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews Anna Chandy, author of Battles in the Mind, and Chairperson of Deepika Padukone's The Live Love Laugh Foundation to find out more about her own journey to healing, and what the Foundation has been up to in India, trying to move the needle on Mental Health, and Mental Healt…

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Media Watch: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Suicide

August 21, 2017

By Tanmoy Goswami

IMAGINE A GAME that asks young people to kill themselves, leaving a trail of bodies from Ust-Ilimsk to Mumbai to West Midnapore. Your first impulse is to dismiss it as another bizarre fad that “normal” homes like yours are immune to. But if you have a teenage child, or a young b…

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Dementia: Five Things Not to Say to People You Care About

August 19, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews Himanjali Sankar for The Health Collective

Do read an excerpt of Mrs C Remembers right here on The Health Collective.


I. Congratulations on an incredibly compelling story, a complicated one and a very personal one. First off, what drove you to write this book? And what would you want to share about your own personal story?


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Ask the Experts: Mental Health 101

July 19, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychologist Arpita Anand for The Health Collective

1. What is some generic advice you would give readers about mental health -- what do you wish for people (to know) across the board?

The first thing would be acceptance: A lot of people with emotional difficulties end up suffering because they are in denial. For example, a person with depres…

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Relationships, Happiness, Living the Life You Want

July 1, 2017

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychotherapist, radio host and the author of
HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS: At Home, Work and Play (Fingerprint Rs 250), Lucy Beresford. 


1) You host a Sex and Relationships show on radio... Can you tell us some of the common themes/ questions that come up?

The most common …

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Healing Room: Part Two

June 10, 2017

Part Two of our interview

Amrita Tripathi speaks to family therapist Reena Nath in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India over the past 30 years, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events.

This conver…

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Healing Room: In Conversation With Reena Nath

June 9, 2017


Amrita Tripathi speaks to noted family therapist Reena Nath about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events from her own journey. This conversation has been edited slightly for length. 


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Interviewing Reshma Valliappan, Author of Fallen, Standing

May 5, 2017

Amrita Tripathi

Do check out an interview with the multi-talented author of Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist, Reshma Valliappan. You can read an excerpt of her book here. Highly recommend the book (in case that's in doubt!)


1) You write very powerfully about your experience…

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Suicide in India: Do we Need a New Approach to Prevention?

April 14, 2017

India has finally moved to de-criminalise suicide -- can we hope that this is a step towards understanding the nature of the issue? With treatment and prevention options long seen through a prism of "Western" best practices, is there a need to take a closer look at some of the factors that are uniqu…

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Ask the Teens: The Insta Generation

March 27, 2017

Amrita Tripathi

Part I of this piece is here.

And while I was initially attempting to do a story on how parenting has changed in this digital age, given the pressure to always be 'on', and look good while you're at it, I essentially got schooled by a couple of teenagers on how all-encompass…

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Dating in the Digital Era, Teenage Style

March 26, 2017

Amrita Tripathi

We're used to talking about the stress that teenagers face due to exams, but what about the impact of the Digital Age? And relationships at this fraught age? Not just on teens, but parents, and the entire family unit? Well, it was a quote from child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr …

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Talking About Mental Illness

August 18, 2016

by Amrita Tripathi 


Over the past decade, it seems to have become marginally easier to discuss issues like depression or anxiety disorders or panic attacks in public, compared to discussing psychosis, at any rate.

There is a little awareness, and collectively, we might be pulling in…

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Understanding Depression

June 25, 2016

By Amrita Tripathi


It gets confusing, sometimes, the way we use "I'm feeling depressed" to mean something that is momentary, a case of the "blues"; which is of course also technically accurate usage.

But to understand whether you or a loved one might be suffering from clinical depression, whic…

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Mental Health and You

June 23, 2016
By Amrita Tripathi The World Health Organisation estimated -- back in the 90s -- that one in 4 people would suffer some sort of mental health issue in their life time. Whether it's depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, stress-related issues, addiction, or psychosis like schizophreni…

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From The Archives: India's Mental Health Crisis

July 22, 2015



World Mental Health Day

Amrita Tripathi  http://amritat

First published: October 10, 2011, 12:28 PM IST |  Updated: October 10, 2011
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It's world mental health day today -something none of us can afford to ignore.

First the disturbing stats: The …

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