Understanding Therapy: Are You Looking For a Quick Fix?

By Kamna Chhibber The thing with a lot of people seeking therapy is that they wait for a crisis to emerge, which needs urgent resolution. This often translates into the need for a quick appointment, something that is available the same day or the very next day, accompanied by the provision of some magical solution […]

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We Need to Talk: On Mental Health, Self-Care and Preventing Suicide

What are some of the major issues stressing out young Indians? What should we be talking about when we talk about Mental Health? Why are we not discussing the critical issue of Youth Suicides and the need for preventive mental healthcare? Read on for edited excerpts of Sukanya Sharma’s interview with Dr Soumitra Pathare, consultant […]

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Understanding Therapy: Are You Ready for an Intervention

By Kamna Chhibber As you ponder over starting therapy you are likely to reflect upon a number of variables – the finances, availability of time, finding the right person, and so on. The one variable most people forget to look at is their own selves. In fact you as the person seeking therapy are as […]

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Mental Health First Aid for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

By Vandita Morarka Author’s Note: This manual wouldn’t have been possible without multiple inputs from Dr. Avinash DeSousa and Pragya Lodha. Their views have been condensed, along with the views of other mental health professionals, to provide an easy to read format.   Sexual violence has an immense impact on physical and mental health. An aspect […]

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Your Stories: How to Navigate Relationships and Love With Depression

By Shubhrata Prakash Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to use a cheesy line, well, “Love is in the air”! However, love is not always romantic love. Love defines so many relationships in our lives. Love for our parents, love for our children, love for our siblings and the extended family. Love for […]

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Taking Care of Ourselves: #MeToo & Mental Health

By Scherezade Siobhan The prominent writer Clarice Lispector once wrote, “Many were they who abandoned all they had and went in search of the greater hunger.” The emergence of #MeToo across India’s digital landscape has created a new social climate for awareness about the importance of restorative justice and making explicit the unspoken trauma of […]

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Legends of Tomorrow: Talking Mental Health and Queer Lives through Sci Fi and Fantasy

By Ilina Acharya There is something about the show Legends of Tomorrow that has left me captivated. Maybe it is the revelation that there are TV shows such as this that are queer, have kickass female leads as well as fun and diverse characters. Some strange plot devices notwithstanding, it’s a pretty entertaining show. And who said […]

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Me Too and Mental Health

ACJ Student Pritha Mallick reached out to us with some questions around Mental Health and #MeToo. Here are some edited excerpts of an interview with psychologist and Health Collective contributor, Kamna Chhibber. 1. One of the first reaction to women’s account on sexual harassment and assault in social media spaces is the prevailing tendency to […]

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Motherhood: The Roller Coaster Ride

By Vanita Singh Fernandes Here’s an exercise. Imagine a few changes in your life (in a matter of months). Imagine your body about ten kilos heavier (and on a heady cocktail of hormones). Your skin coarse, covered with marks, bumps and some skin tags. Imagine your bladder having a mind of its own. And being […]

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Fetish: Selena Gomez on a Disturbing Mental Health Issue

By Nikita Mishra Queen Sel might have sparked more than a few conversations with her new music video Fetish. Her latest single is a complete 180-degree turn from the cutesy vibe she carries and seems to have baffled fans with layers of intense, dark imagery mainly around her mouth. The ‘Bad Liar’ star has been teasing the video release on her Instagram […]

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