Know Your Rights: Mental Healthcare Act 2017

By Arjun Kapoor This series will explore the rights of Persons with Mental Illness under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 [“MHCA”]. This article looks at the MHCA, the lens of a rights-based approach, and your right to access mental healthcare in India. The next piece in this series will examine the basic rights of persons with […]

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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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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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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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The Law and You: Mental Health in India

Mental health can be simply understood to mean a state of mental well-being. The World Health Organisation looks at understanding mental health and its definition quite comprehensively here. Mental health in India has long been a misunderstood issue; there is a lack of awareness on issues of mental health, corresponding treatment and frameworks that govern mental […]

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Is India Ready to Tackle a Mental Health Crisis?

By Devanik Saha India’s impending health crisis is not a secret at all. With several indicators –- maternal mortality, infant mortality, number of live births, etc — being worse than countries poorer than India, there is a definite need to revamp the health sector. But one can seek consolation in the fact that many of these issues […]

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