E-health lending a ear for mental health patients

Anonymous listening on mental health websites is helping people during their low times. But the qualification of those handling these helplines is questionable. It’s midnight. You are tired of shifting positions on the bed for a couple of hours. You know that you need to talk it out. You feel choked. You are barely breathing […]

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Schools: Teachers, keep that brain sane

Although Indian schools and colleges appoint counselors to foster the mental health development of students, there are no measures to help teachers with their own mental health. “Hello, Miss *Maria?” said a stern voice as she picked up the phone. “Yes, please tell me,” Maria said patiently, as her eyes anxiously glanced at the pile […]

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Mental health troubles gender minorities

Despite high mental health and suicide risks among gender minorities, prevention efforts remain stagnant.  Uma, a transgender activist and founder of Jeeva organisation said, “My friend Sujata *name changed* committed suicide a year ago after being betrayed by her former partner when she came out as transgender. Her inability to carry the shame of being […]

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We are humans too: journalists want WFH, hybrid model

They say that work from Home (WFH) during the pandemic helped them quit unhealthy habits and improve their mental health. It is 6 P.M. Most of India’s corporate employees are on their way home to relax and unwind with their families. As *Soumya grabs her professional camera and purse to race down the stairs before […]

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Homemakers more prone to suicide say psychologists

Unhappy marriages, domestic violence are recorded as reasons for the suicide of homemakers in most cases.   Sakshi Iyer still remembers the day when she heard of her sister’s death. Her sister is one of many homemakers in Karnataka who decided to end their life due to marital problems. She said with teary eyes, “I […]

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Unruly behaviour grows unchecked in online schooling

Teachers face difficulty in correcting students’ behaviour during online classes. As he got ready to attend his first online class of the day, Veer turned his camera on with a sparkle in his eyes hoping to see his friends. But what he saw next, came as a surprise to him as some of his classmates […]

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Suicide survivors ignore therapy follow-ups

As suicide rates go up, only a few patients follow up on their mental health services. Only 25 percent individuals follow up on their mental health therapies after they are discharged following a suicide attempt. Gia (name changed), a survivor and a patient of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) said, “I was 18 years old when […]

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‘College students have more anxiety since Covid’

A  study states that Social Anxiety Disorder from 2017 to 2020 has increased by 7.5 percent in college students. Bengaluru: According to a study by the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), social anxiety in Indian undergraduate students increased from 7.8 percent in 2017  to 15.3 percent in 2020. Therapists say that they have seen […]

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Eating disorders on the rise

The stress and anxiety from the pandemic has triggered a series of eating disorders in the country. Eating disorders like Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and overeating have increased in the pandemic because of stress, isolation and the increased usage of internet, say doctors. According to Dr. Vikram Panwar, a psychiatrist, “The pandemic increased the number of […]

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