Ask the Experts: What’s Troubling our Kids?

वो समस्याएं जो आपके बच्चों-किशोरों को करती है परेशान डॉ. समीर पारिख मैं बीते दो दशक से देश भर में बच्चों के साथ काम कर रहा हूं. फोर्टिस समूह के स्कूल मेंटल हेल्थ प्रोग्राम से जुड़े होने के कारण, हमारी टीम कई स्तरों पर काम करती है. इसमें छात्र, टीचर और पैरेंट्स सबसे बातचीत करना भी शामिल […]

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Your Stories: Battling Stigma, Expectations and other Burdens as a Young Adult with Depression

By Ishita Mehra I used to think that the inability to work was an excuse most people would make to get off work. Until I reached that inability to work and function and then I became ‘that person’ with ‘that excuse’ to get off work. ‘That person’ with ‘that excuse’ of not knowing how to express […]

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Dial iCall for Help: How the TISS-Housed Helpline Delivers

iCALL is a psycho-social helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), that aims to offer counselling via phone, mail and chat to those in emotional and psychological distress. The service which runs from 8 am to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday, is primarily funded by the Mariwala Health Initiative, since 2015. […]

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This World Mental Health Day (and Every Day) Know That Your Life is Valuable

This World Mental Health Day, the theme is Suicide Prevention. On this day — and on every day — let us remind you that *you are important, *you matter, and your life is valuable. Reach out to someone if you need to talk.     Reach out for help: Contacts and Helplines   Feature Image […]

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Meet the Community Leaders: Amul Joshi of MINDS Foundation

The Health Collective kicks off a series focusing on community leaders working on mental health awarness in the country. Here are excerpts of an interview by Vandita Morarka with the Bhavnagar, Gujarat-based Amul Janakrai Joshi, director, The MINDS Foundation-India. The MINDS (Mental illness and Neurological Disorders) Foundation is a not-for-Profit working in the field of […]

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Ask the Experts: Infertility and Mental Health

By Dr Michelle Frank  India ranks second in a list of the most populous countries around the world but paradoxically, fertility rates have been falling steadily over the past couple of years. The total fertility rate was recorded at an all-time low in 2017 at 2.2, from about 4.5 in 1981, according to The Economic […]

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Five Years in, Sheroes Helpline Aims for High Empathy, Deep Impact

Amrita Tripathi We spent some time this summer looking up stress and other helplines that are operational in India, and will be taking a closer look at how these helplines function, as well as other insights they can share. Here are excerpts of an e-interview  with Sairee Chahal, Founder-CEO of SHEROES (a women-only social network). […]

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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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Young Mental Health: A Message to End Bullying

By Amrita Tripathi It’s an incredible thing to meet young people — an event that can often spark hope and the strong belief that things will change for the better. Thanks to Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and the Fortis Mental Health team, I met a bright young group of Mental Health advocates last month. […]

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Solo’s Sadventures: Poetry, Disillusionment and the Importance of Getting Help

(Trigger Warning: Self harm, suicidal ideation)   Editor’s Note: If you or anyone you know ever feels like things are getting too much, please reach out immediately for trained, professional help. Some helplines are listed right here Views Expressed are Personal. The Health Collective is not a substitute for expert advice from a trained mental […]

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