Depression in urban India is something we are learning to talk about. But are we really having the conversations we need to? How will we defeat the stigma associated with mental illness in India without being completely open about some of our darkest times? And when we will learn that we are truly Not Alone in our struggle? Many have walked this path, and many have learned how to heal… though there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Ten brave first-person contributors share portions of their journey towards healing, stories that will resonate, move you and fill you with hope. Hear from mental health experts as well to find the answers to several questions: How do you know if you’re depressed? Who should you seek out for help? And what should you say to people who claim that you should just shake off the blues?
Amrita Tripathi is the founder-editor of The Health Collective, an online portal dedicated to stories of Mental Health and Mental Illness in India. The site features more than 200 stories, including original reportage, expert commentary and first-person stories. Tripathi has been a journalist for a decade and a half, including several years as Health Editor for a national news channel in India. She has written two novels, Broken News and The Sibius Knot, both of which look at the darker side of relationships and urban realities. Tripathi is presently working in the field of social media and co-authoring a 3 book series for Simon & Schuster India on mental health.
Arpita Anand is a psychologist with over two decades of international experience. She is a part of path-breaking research in global mental health in the field of depression. She has been instrumental in the development of a specialised psychological intervention for depression that has been scientifically proven to be effective in the management of moderate to severe depression. Specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Arpita provides counselling services to people with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and bereavement, and work stress, among others. She has trained and worked in London, and at the Bellevue Hospital, New York, and is currently based in Dubai.