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Meet the Community Leaders: Apurupa Vatsalya of Bibliotherapy

The Health Collective has kicked 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 Mumbai-based Apurupa Vatsalya, an intersectional feminist and a lawyer-turned-sexuality-educator, writer, researcher and trainer. Vatsalya works in the realm of gender, sexuality, safety, body positivity, […]

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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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Art for Mental Health: You are Unique and the World Needs You

  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, and writing epic sci-fi fantasy to make mindfulness the coolest thing! Check Out Affirmations by Adwaita Das Disclaimer: […]

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Your Stories: How the Urdu Ghazal became ‘Therapy’ for Me

By Ilina Acharya Part of my healing and recovery process, which in my case is managing my anxiety and learning coping skills, is finding new forms of therapy for myself. This is not an alternative to clinical therapy; by ‘therapy’ here, I mean self-care. Clinical Therapy is also a form of self-care and a safe […]

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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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Art for Mental Health: Boosting Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Worth

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, and writing epic sci-fi fantasy to make mindfulness the coolest thing! Check Out Affirmations […]

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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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Mental Health and Journalists: The Messenger’s Trauma

By Scherezade Siobhan “Now, there is a distinct feeling of endlessness. It is neither good nor bad, it just seems to be this permanent lack of feeling. I am perpetually numb.” B slumps into the chair like a shorn kite as they relate the story of the FIR against Pawan Jaiswal. Jaiswal is a reporter […]

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तनाव बढ़ रहा हो तो इन बातों का रखें ख़्याल

कामना छिब्बर अपनी आदतों में बदलाव लाकर भी हम तनाव से काफ़ी हद तक बच सकते हैं, कैसे जानना चाहेंगे आप.  ज़िंदगी है तो तनाव भी होगा. इसे यूं भी कह सकते हैं तनावों से घिरा ही जीवन होता है. जीवन में तरह तरह की चुनौतियां हमारे सामने आती हैं. जब बात संबंधों और रिश्तों […]

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Affirmations: I Am Safe

By Adwaita Das   Fear can cause extreme distress in daily life. And the news is full of fear. But remember, things are getting better. Each of us is making the world a more loving place. Each act of self love manifests wellness in one’s surroundings. When feeling anxious, breathe deeply, and affirm “I am […]

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