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The Law and You: Workplace, Tech and Mental Health

December 15, 2017

By Vandita Morarka

Our earlier piece in The Health Collective on employee mental health rights in the workplace looked at what the law says about mental health support at the workplace in India. While we wait for legislation to catch up to urgent realities, we must look to companies to implement…

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Understanding Therapy: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

December 13, 2017

By Shruti Venkatesh

 

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by recurrent, unwanted, and sometimes bizarre thoughts, impulses, or doubts that evoke affective distress (obsessions - e.g., dirt, germs, or specific situations) and repetitive behavioural or mental ri…

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Understanding Mental Health: Talk, Listen, Stay Informed

December 10, 2017

Ask the Experts with Dr Achal Bhagat

 

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

We all have thoughts, feelings...We all interact with people. What do we want to achieve? Dignity for ourselves, to fulfil our purpose in life, we want to aspire to some things, we want to feel good about ourselves… This s…

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What's Mental Health got to do With Pets and Animal Care?

December 4, 2017

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What does mental health have to do with animal care? In our Health Collective special, Amrita Tripathi interviews Canine Behaviourist Rajvi Mariwala for insight into some extreme stressors. Edited excerpts of our interview:

 

1) Can you share a little bit more on what you highlighted wr…

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Sexual Harassment and Healing from Trauma

November 30, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

The recent #MeToo campaign has brought to light again how sexual harassment is an everyday occurrence for many women and men. There’s no question about some of the major after-effects of dealing with an experience like this.

“Trauma is at its core an emotional response to a…

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Voices: What is Stressing out Delhi's Girls?

November 25, 2017

By Devanik Saha

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live a fulfilling and productive life.…

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Comics for Mental Health: Self Harm and Healing

November 24, 2017

Self Harm and Healing by Pig Studio

Self Harm and Healing: Art by Pig Studio for The Health Collective

Inspired by Your Stories: Self Harm and Healing

ALSO BY PIG STUDIO: DEPRESSION

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Mental Health in the News: Toxic Air and Mental Health

November 11, 2017

Mental Health/ Health Collective

 

THE HEADLINE: How Toxic Air Clouds Mental Health (Science Daily)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health have found that air pollution not only affects the lungs, but also the brain. The study merged results of a study with 6,000 part…

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Unplug and Learn to Reconnect

November 5, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma
 


“If you're born in a cubicle and grow up in a corridor, and work in a cell, and vacation in a crowded sun-room, then coming up into the open with nothing but sky over you might just give you a nervous breakdown.” ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation (Courtesy Goodreads)
 

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Mental Health and You: Words that Stick

November 4, 2017

Kishore Mohan for The Health Collective

Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

 

Check out more original Comics by Kishore Mohan on The Health Collective

 

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Spread the Word on Dangers of Blue Whale: Supreme Court to DD and TV Channels

October 28, 2017

By Team Health Collective

On October 27, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) took cognisance of the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and termed it a national problem. While asking the government for a time-bound plan to ban the game, it has also directed the state-run channel Doordarshan and private telev…

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Your Stories: How to Travel Light

October 24, 2017

The Health Collective is delighted to feature an interview with Shreevatsa Nevatia, author of How To Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (Penguin RandomHouse India, 2017). We highly recommend the book, which releases October 25, 2017 in India. 
 

Nevatia speaks to Amrita Tripa…

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Understanding Therapy: A Psychotherapist's View

October 22, 2017

Pragya Lodha, Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation, speaks to Sukanya Sharma for The Health Collective in our special series Understanding Therapy.

Edited excerpts of the interview:

Q: What exactly is therapy?

A: There is a difference between counselling and therapy. Counselling most…

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare in Educational Institutions

October 15, 2017

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-b…

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Severe Side Effects: One Woman’s Journey Through Antidepressants

October 10, 2017

By Bee Rowlatt

Antidepressants can save lives, but they made me want to kill.”

Katinka Blackford Newman learnt the hard way. When the British film-maker’s marriage fell apart in 2012 she began having sleepless nights. She went to see her family doctor, who diagnosed anxiety and prescribe…

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Your Stories: Sticks and Stones

October 10, 2017

 

Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

Art by Kishore Mohan/ Health Collective

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Mental Health in the News

October 1, 2017


 

The Headline: Multi-gene Test May Better Predict Who Will Suffer from Dementia
(NDTV) 

What you need to know: According to an article in the Annals of Neurology, it is now possible to predict who will suffer from dementia or cognitive decline. The test called the Polygenic Hazard Scor…

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The Law and You: Mental Healthcare Insurance in India

September 25, 2017

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By Vandita Morarka

An India Spend report highlights that 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, this is about 6.5% of the country’s population.

The World Health Organisation also estimates that around 57 million Indians suffer from depression. A recent survey by the National …

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Workplace Stress and the Need for Me Time

September 9, 2017

By Sukanya Sharma

Stress is everywhere you look these days -– a fairly generic term, it’s something most people can relate to, given the fatigue, exhaustion, and extreme levels of multi-tasking while trying to maintain some sort of balance.

“The corporate world thrives on the theory of sur…

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Understanding Therapy and Challenges En Route

September 5, 2017
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