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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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We Need to Talk: On Mental Health, Self-Care and Preventing Suicide

What are some of the major issues stressing out young Indians? What should we be talking about when we talk about Mental Health? Why are we not discussing the critical issue of Youth Suicides and the need for preventive mental healthcare? Read on for edited excerpts of Sukanya Sharma’s interview with Dr Soumitra Pathare, consultant […]

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What is a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health?

By The Mariwala Health Initiative This post seeks to explain what a Rights-Based Approach to Mental Healthcare looks like, and why it is important. A History of Rights-Violations Human rights violations in mental health care have reached such epic proportions that practitioners refer to it as an ‘unresolved global crisis’. In many countries, including India, people […]

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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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The Freedom Series: My Journey

By Anwesh Pokkuluri In May 2018, I signed up to be a petitioner in the Supreme Court against Section 377. My parents weren’t comfortable with it even though my coming out to them 2.5 years before was rather smooth (for me). They had two major apprehensions. One, how this would affect my wellbeing, considering that […]

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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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Long Read: Anxiety Disorders in India

By Arti Malik Most of us have experienced feelings of apprehension or physical unease, for example (and often) when we are faced with a difficult situation. We live in an environment that is dynamic and challenging in multiple ways and this can often lead to stress. While we tend to possess effective coping mechanisms to […]

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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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