Mental Health and the LGBTQ+ Community

By Devanik Saha The Lalit Hospitality Group on Sunday organised a seminar on ‘Understanding LGBTQ+ community from a mental health perspective. This was done in collaboration with the Indian Psychiatric Society and HealthCare Professionals for Queer India (HPQI), a collective which works to sensitise health care workers to the LGBTQ+ community’s health care needs. So […]

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How to Cope With Your Brand New BPD Diagnosis: Part I

  Read More: http://www.healthcollective.in/helplines/   Read More: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml   Read More: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-the-border/200904/borderline-personality-disorder-is-real-part-i-diagnostic-validity   Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/oct/27/borderline-personality-disorder-stigmatised-misunderstood-misdiagnosed   Read More: http://www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk/BorderlinePersonalityDisorder.html   Art by Solo for The Health Collective Solo is a writer and cartoonist from Bangalore. She likes reading, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix. Her life would have been rather unremarkable had it not been for her […]

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Lessons From a Student Support Centre, One Year On

By Amrita Tripathi The Manipal Student Support Centre recently completed a year of operations. Set up as part of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and funded by the Academy, with services exclusively for students (and covered by student insurance), it could be a viable model for other educational institutes in India. I checked in […]

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Mental Health in the News: Toxic Air and Mental Health

THE HEADLINE: How Toxic Air Clouds Mental Health (Science Daily) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health have found that air pollution not only affects the lungs, but also the brain. The study merged results of a study with 6,000 participants, with an air pollution database, with records corresponding […]

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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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Understanding Therapy: A Psychotherapist’s View

Pragya Lodha, Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation, speaks to Sukanya Sharma for The Health Collective in our special series Understanding Therapy. Edited excerpts of the interview: Q: What exactly is therapy? A: There is a difference between counselling and therapy. Counselling mostly refers to talks that happen with the client. Sometimes the patient only needs someone […]

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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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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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