Endometriosis: Steering Through Pain and Trauma

By Swarnima Bhattacharya Endometriosis is one of the most debilitating, excruciatingly painful, life-altering conditions you have never heard of. What is even more unheard of, is the narrative of empowerment, awareness and support that should necessarily run alongside crippling unpredictable diseases such as this. The causes and cure of endometriosis are famously unknown. We only […]

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Mental Health and Illness in India

As part of our series, Ask the Experts, The Health Collective is delighted to share this interview with renowned psychiatrist Dr Vikram Patel, the Co-Founder, Sangath.   Amrita: How important is it to normalise conversations around mental health and mental illness, especially in India, where people have to deal with stigma on an everyday basis? […]

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Media Watch: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Suicide

By Tanmoy Goswami IMAGINE A GAME that asks young people to kill themselves, leaving a trail of bodies from Ust-Ilimsk to Mumbai to West Midnapore. Your first impulse is to dismiss it as another bizarre fad that “normal” homes like yours are immune to. But if you have a teenage child, or a young brother or sister, perhaps it gives […]

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The Law and You: Mental Health and Employee Rights

By Vandita Morarka Let’s take a look at understanding what employment and employee rights exist in India, with reference to those with mental illnesses. The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 looks at healthcare and support provisions for those who have mental illnesses, you can read a piece explaining this law in detail here. The Rights of […]

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Healing Room: In Conversation With Reena Nath

Amrita Tripathi speaks to noted family therapist Reena Nath about her work, the changes in the mental health scenario for urban India, and her book HEALING ROOM, as well as very personal life-changing events from her own journey. This conversation has been edited slightly for length.  PART I Q: The positive feel that comes from […]

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Interviewing Reshma Valliappan, Author of Fallen, Standing

By Amrita Tripathi Do check out an interview with the multi-talented author of Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist, Reshma Valliappan. You can read an excerpt of her book here. Highly recommend the book (in case that’s in doubt!)   1) You write very powerfully about your experiences, your life pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis… very personally about […]

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