Your Stories: How to Navigate Relationships and Love With Depression

By Shubhrata Prakash Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to use a cheesy line, well, “Love is in the air”! However, love is not always romantic love. Love defines so many relationships in our lives. Love for our parents, love for our children, love for our siblings and the extended family. Love for […]

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Creating Art: From Self-Expression to Healing

By Jerin Jacob  “This is SO overwhelming. I need my book! and my colours! I need to switch off, right now!” We all have times when we absolutely, completely zone out and need a break, or rather, some me-time. ‘Me-time’ doing something or even absolutely nothing. Listening to songs, writing down the lyrics, doodling along, […]

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Legends of Tomorrow: Talking Mental Health and Queer Lives through Sci Fi and Fantasy

By Ilina Acharya There is something about the show Legends of Tomorrow that has left me captivated. Maybe it is the revelation that there are TV shows such as this that are queer, have kickass female leads as well as fun and diverse characters. Some strange plot devices notwithstanding, it’s a pretty entertaining show. And who said […]

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Your Stories: Healing after Rape and Avoiding Triggers

By Anonymous I had suppressed every shred of memory I have of being raped, deep in some dusty corner of (my) mind, so that I could live a life where I could pretend it never happened. I only told the bare minimum number of people about this incident. My family and friends didn’t know about […]

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Wheelchair Cricket: Go Team India!

By Sukanya Sharma It is double the celebration — India just won the Asia Cup, just over a week after Team India won the Wheelchair Cricket Asia cup. Here are excerpts of an interview with the coach of the team, Squadron Leader Abhai Pratap Singh (retd) and one of the players, Sunil Rao. “It’s very […]

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Healing

Your Stories: Living with Panic Attacks, Anxiety and Depression

By Anonymous Life events in my early twenties triggered the first onslaught of panic attacks and anxiety. And no, anxiety and panic attacks are not just (an) over reaction to nervousness. They can be severely debilitating, capturing your mind and body in their iron strongholds, until you start to feel your body and mind being […]

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Motherhood: The Roller Coaster Ride

By Vanita Singh Fernandes Here’s an exercise. Imagine a few changes in your life (in a matter of months). Imagine your body about ten kilos heavier (and on a heady cocktail of hormones). Your skin coarse, covered with marks, bumps and some skin tags. Imagine your bladder having a mind of its own. And being […]

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In Plain Fright – Understanding Therapy for Phobias

By Scherezade Siobhan Awaiting the elevator to hit the ground floor, from the corner of my eye I am watching the Swiggy delivery guy sign into the visitor’s entry register and secretly praying that he speeds up so he can get into the elevator with me. No, this is not some warped fantasy or fetish, […]

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The Freedom Series: Interviewing an Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

Vandita Morarka interviews Koninika Roy, an Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust, as part of our ongoing Freedom Series on The Health Collective.  Tell us a little about yourself? I am 24 years old. I am an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a workaholic who is convinced no amount of work is ever enough. What […]

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