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On Empathy and Valuing EQ: Meet The Artidote Founder Jova Ferreryra

Jovanny “Jova” Varela Ferreyra is the founder of The Artidote, an incredible site, which in its own words: “Launched in 2015 as a virtual space where to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art, today The Artidote community has become a global support group that has saved lives through social media.” Read edited excerpts of an […]

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Is Therapy Meant for Everyone?

By Devanik Saha Should we all seek therapy irrespective of our mental state? Is taking therapy an evidence of an illness? Can a mentally healthy person seek counselling? Would they benefit from talk therapy? Over 50 million Indians have suffered from depression in their lifetime, according to a 2017 study by World Health Organization (WHO). […]

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Ask the Experts: Three Things You Need to Know About Mental Health

Watch an excerpt of our interview with Dr Vikram Patel What are two or three things you wished everyone in India to know about mental illness? Dr Vikram Patel: First of all, mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. Secondly, that each and every one of us has a very unique life […]

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India.  Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripathi about his book, his journey, and some of the very personal and […]

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare in Educational Institutions

By Vandita Morarka Childhood and adolescence are without doubt the most important phase of one’s developmental life, which is why focus on mental and physical well being is the only way to ensure holistic development. Internationally, several developed and developing nations have adopted wide-based mental healthcare practices in educational institutions. It is time for India to pay attention […]

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Mental Health in the News

The Headline: Multi-gene Test May Better Predict Who Will Suffer from Dementia (NDTV)  What you need to know: According to an article in the Annals of Neurology, it is now possible to predict who will suffer from dementia or cognitive decline. The test called the Polygenic Hazard Score (PHS) combines the effects of over two dozen gene mutations, […]

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare Insurance in India

By Vandita Morarka An India Spend report highlights that 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, this is about 6.5% of the country’s population. The World Health Organisation also estimates that around 57 million Indians suffer from depression. A recent survey by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) states that 13.7 % […]

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Workplace Stress and the Need for Me Time

By Sukanya Sharma Stress is everywhere you look these days -– a fairly generic term, it’s something most people can relate to, given the fatigue, exhaustion, and extreme levels of multi-tasking while trying to maintain some sort of balance. “The corporate world thrives on the theory of survival of the fittest – physically, mentally and emotionally. But this […]

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Dementia: Five Things Not to Say to People You Care About

By Amrita Tripathi Do read excerpt of Mrs C Remembers right here on The Health Collective. Below are lightly edited excerpts of an interview with the author, Himanjali Sankar. 1. Congratulations on an incredibly compelling story, a complicated one and a very personal one. First off, what drove you to write this book? And what would you want to […]

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