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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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Pride and Love: How to Navigate Intimacy and Emotional Health

This article is part of our FREEDOM SERIES; in the run-up to Valentine’s Day and as we aim to upend the mass-market cookie cutter romance-celebrations, we’re taking a closer look at Relationships. Whether you’re out and proud or trying to navigate your own way, we’re here to tell you you’re #NotAlone and that we’re committed […]

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Urban Life: Is Homesickness Making You Sick?  

By Sukanya Sharma In the late 17th century, the term ‘nostalgia’ was coined by a Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer, according to this fascinating article in The Atlantic. “A longing to be back home”, nostalgia was “considered a psychopathological disorder” and there were a range of treatments prescribed. Leeching and bullying are two noted in […]

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Eight Things to Keep In Mind About Tele-Mental Health Therapy

By Scherezade Siobhan In a country as a densely populated as India, finding accessible and affordable help for mental health care is a daunting task at times. This is specifically true for several marginalised demographics who might not have necessary connectivity to approach institutional spaces where psychological and psychiatric help is readily available. As per […]

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How To Cope With Your Brand New BPD Diagnosis: Part II

Coping with a new diagnosis of any sort isn’t easy. It is especially difficult when it is BPD.  Because being BPD means a lot of things. It means dealing with intense, unstable emotions, uncontrollable rage, paranoia, delusions and being an incorrigible defeatist. But here’s how you can make your mind a safer space! Read How […]

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The Freedom Series: Mental Health and the Queer Community

By Devanik Saha More than 60 million people in India are estimated to suffer from some form of mental illness. Some communities are particularly vulnerable and under-served. “Tackling one’s mental health is one of the biggest challenges for any LGBTQ+ person. Given India’s societal stereotypes, accepting your own gender identity and bodily changes is a […]

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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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Gaslighting: Getting Help and Healing

By Scherezade Siobhan This is Part 2 of a Series on Gaslighting. Read Part One, GASLIGHTING: RED FLAGS  The logical question that follows any discussion about the red flags of gaslighting– How does someone heal from this kind of abuse? Here is a more general layout for possible ways in which you can begin to […]

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Mental Health in the News

  THE HEADLINE: Studies take a closer look at Mental Health challenges faced by LGBTQ Youth (Reuters) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Three studies conducted in the US were published in Pediatrics to showcase the mental health challenges that LGBTQ youth face. The first study was done in California and Georgia, in which medical records of […]

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You Can Heal: A Psychologist’s Message

Kaneenica Ninawe is a clinical psychologist working in King Edward’s Hospital in Mumbai since 2011. She recently completed her Phd in Health System Studies from TISS. This interview with  Sukanya Sharma has been edited for clarity.   Q: What kind of problems do patients come to you with? Largely people come with a diagnosis of […]

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