How the Light Gets In: Attending to our Anxiety about COVID-19

This is the second part of a two-part series. Do Read Part One on Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic here By Scherezade Siobhan Lately, I have been watching documentaries about folklore to stave off my own depressive and anxious phases during the lockdown. As people reel from the physical impact of the novel coronavirus, […]

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Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression

By Ishita Mehra   Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and illustrator. Her work includes writing and illustrating personal stories of people […]

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Let’s Talk: How are We Feeling?

We recently held a few chats to see how people are feeling… wanted to reach out to as many people as possible to say… It’s Ok. It’s tough and unprecedented, and it’s ok to feel overwhelmed. And yes, it is a spectrum of concerns, a spectrum of feelings. Adding some of the links here to […]

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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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Your Stories: How I’ve Lived with Depression, Panic Attacks and Anxiety Disorder

By Girish Iyer This is a story of a 12-year-old boy who was blessed to have been born to into a family with parents who supported him and stood as a pillar of support at every stage of life. Things were as normal as any other child of his age till the age of 11 […]

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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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