Mental Health and Books

Learning to Grieve with Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

By Arpita Das Grief lives in the body, someone said. After my father’s death I began to understand what that insightful set of words meant. At inopportune moments, especially in a closed room with several people, I would feel my chest contracting till I felt I had to fall back on the Lamaze breathing I […]

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Covid-19 and You: Grief, Mental Health and Julian Barnes’ Nothing to Be Frightened Of

By Arpita Das We are being told by mental health practitioners and armchair experts time and again as the pandemic rages that what we are feeling right now, this heaviness, the lassitude, the pain in our gut, is grief. As if grief were as novel an experience as the novel coronavirus. So novel, we would […]

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How the Light Gets In: Attending to our Anxiety about COVID-19

This is the second part of a two-part series. Do Read Part One on Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic here By Scherezade Siobhan Lately, I have been watching documentaries about folklore to stave off my own depressive and anxious phases during the lockdown. As people reel from the physical impact of the novel coronavirus, […]

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Your Stories: What Helped Me During Depression

By Ishita Mehra   Views expressed are personal. The Health Collective cannot substitute for expert advice from a trained mental health expert. ALSO READ: YOUR STORIES: BATTLING STIGMA, DEPRESSION AS A YOUNG ADULT About the Author: Ishita is a mental health youth advocate and illustrator. Her work includes writing and illustrating personal stories of people […]

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Your Stories: How I’ve Lived with Depression, Panic Attacks and Anxiety Disorder

By Girish Iyer This is a story of a 12-year-old boy who was blessed to have been born to into a family with parents who supported him and stood as a pillar of support at every stage of life. Things were as normal as any other child of his age till the age of 11 […]

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Your Stories: An Existential Crisis or Cause for Concern?

By @gulzaarzindagi I was on vacation at one of the most beautiful places on Earth, that is Kerala, back in December. I had a beach-view facing room and yet… all the beauty in the world didn’t have any effect on me. I was lying on my bed, numb, unable to read the books that I […]

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Meet the Community Leaders: Apurupa Vatsalya of Bibliotherapy

The Health Collective has kicked 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 Mumbai-based Apurupa Vatsalya, an intersectional feminist and a lawyer-turned-sexuality-educator, writer, researcher and trainer. Vatsalya works in the realm of gender, sexuality, safety, body positivity, […]

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Your Stories: Battling Stigma, Expectations and other Burdens as a Young Adult with Depression

By Ishita Mehra I used to think that the inability to work was an excuse most people would make to get off work. Until I reached that inability to work and function and then I became ‘that person’ with ‘that excuse’ to get off work. ‘That person’ with ‘that excuse’ of not knowing how to express […]

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Your Stories: How the Urdu Ghazal became ‘Therapy’ for Me

By Ilina Acharya Part of my healing and recovery process, which in my case is managing my anxiety and learning coping skills, is finding new forms of therapy for myself. This is not an alternative to clinical therapy; by ‘therapy’ here, I mean self-care. Clinical Therapy is also a form of self-care and a safe […]

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Young Voices: A Letter from a Law Student on Life, Stress and Being There

By Sukirti Agrawal I am writing this letter to remind you how much I care for you. You are a gem and I am here for you. This letter is a gentle reminder for our loneliness. I hope for it to relieve you and make you feel strong; for you to feel free to dance […]

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