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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Solo’s Sadventures 12: Things some ‘friends’ say

  Check out more Sadventures by Solo About the Artist: Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading comics, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her BPD fuelled imagination. She also has 4 cats. Views Expressed are Personal. The Health Collective is not […]

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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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Grief Photo

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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Message for Batch of 2020

Covid-19 and You: Therapist Dr Shelja Sen Shares a Message for the Batch of 2020

We asked noted Child & Adolescent Psychologist and Family Therapist, Dr Shelja Sen, a noted author and co-founder of Children First, to share her thoughts for the Batch of 2020 and their parents. Here is her message below! Do read or watch, share with those who might want to hear this, and stay well, stay […]

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Affirmations on the Health Collective

Affirmations: It’s Ok to Feel Our Feelings

By Adwaita Das       Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours of Shadow, 27 Stitches, and Songs of Sanity deal with mental health awareness. Karon Kolkata Ebong Onyo Golpo, her debut feature film, is ready for release. She is currently creating art to share good vibes […]

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External Event Listing: Chennai

‘Let’s Discuss the Meh’ by the Mithra Trust is an ongoing series of offline events in Bengaluru and Chennai. Here’s an upcoming event in Chennai later this month. Type of Event: This is a peer group discussion for those who have experienced gender violence and would like a safe space to share, to feel understood, […]

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Comics for Mental Health

Affirmations: I Will Sleep Easy

By Adwaita Das     Also Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours of Shadow, 27 Stitches, and Songs of Sanity deal with mental health awareness. Karon Kolkata Ebong Onyo Golpo, her debut feature film, is ready for release. She is currently creating art to share good vibes […]

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