Center the Margins: Understanding Queer-Affirmative Therapy

By Scherezade Siobhan I was woken up this morning by a message from a young therapy client today and the text read as follows– “Hi, just thought I’d share that my dad sent me a bouquet of roses and a card that says “Freedom”. He was on whatsapp with me through the time the verdict was […]

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The Freedom Series: Interviewing an Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

Vandita Morarka interviews Koninika Roy, an Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust, as part of our ongoing Freedom Series on The Health Collective.  Tell us a little about yourself? I am 24 years old. I am an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a workaholic who is convinced no amount of work is ever enough. What […]

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Body Image and You: Digging Deeper

By Sukanya Sharma Just last year, social media was flooded with notifications about this new app called Sarahah, which everyone seemed to be obsessed about! it was an app that allowed people to send anonymous messages. Realising the opportunity for an honest conversation, Swarnima Bhattacharya, founder of TheaCare, a women’s health website (formerly called Women’s Health […]

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Mental Health in India: Which Treatment Model Works Best?

By Devanik Saha India needs more qualified professionals to tackle its mental health crisis. In an earlier piece, I had written how there is an 87% shortage of public mental health professionals in India and this may well be an under-stated figure. Also Read: The Law and You: Mental Health The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, commissioned by the Government, revealed […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Mental Health Challenges for Gender and Sexual Minorities

By Devanik Saha In an earlier column on The Health Collective, I had written about the severity of the mental health crisis in India. Even though not enough attention is paid to the issue (both in India and abroad), conversations around mental health are gaining traction. In March 2017, India passed the Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalised suicide and […]

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Relationships, Happiness, Living the Life You Want

Amrita Tripathi interviews psychotherapist, radio host and the author of HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS: At Home, Work and Play (Fingerprint Rs 250), Lucy Beresford.  1) You host a Sex and Relationships show on radio… Can you tell us some of the common themes/ questions that come up? The most common themes tend to be (from men) erectile […]

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