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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Music and Mental Health

Mental Health and Music: Listen to the Song Andhera

Andhera is quite a beautiful, evocative song about a struggle with mental illness; as we know, it’s also brave to share so openly what it can be like to deal with mental illness in India. We asked the artists, Bluesanova and Lil Todu, to share some of their own journey with us.   Song credits: […]

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Music and you

Covid-19 and You: Tunes for Troubled Times

By Ilina Acharya The Covid-19 world has changed the topography of how we lead our lives. It has also triggered anxiety and affected our mental health. Uncertainty and the resulting stress can take over the mindscape. My oxygen mask for stress is music. It automatically soothes and calms me. Songs take you back to who […]

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Comics for Mental Health

Lockdown Comics: Applying Lessons Learned Coping with Depression

By Ishita Mehra           Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and […]

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Health Collective Affirmations Title page

Affirmation: I Allow Myself to Express Myself

By Adwaita Das       In this evolving world, we are adjusting to changes, reorienting ourselves in spaces. It is essential that we express our truth. The truth can bring revolution. The truth can heal.   Check out more Affirmations by Adwaita Das right here and in our new book Young Mental Health, for […]

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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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Affirmations on the Health Collective

Affirmations in the time of Covid-19: It is Ok To Accept Support

By Adwaita Das     In the face of distress, the people of the planet have united as one. We are here for each other – strangers and beloveds. It is ok to ask for help. These are trying times. It is ok to accept the support we get. Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita […]

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Health Collective Affirmations Title page

I Allow Healing Thoughts: An Affirmation for You

By Adwaita Das     These are trying times when we have to be sensitive to ourselves. It is fine to feel fragile. It is normal to feel despair. It is also ok to allow healing thoughts.   Check Out More Affirmations by Adwaita Das About the artist: Adwaita is an author-filmmaker-artist. Her books Colours […]

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Mental Health and Us

You’re Not Alone: Sharing your Thoughts in Solidarity

I put up a short video to kick off part of our #NotAlone campaign and conversations for those of you who want to share how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and if you want to send a message of solidarity to others going through what they’re going through. No pressure to join in! If you […]

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