Harini Rajagopalan used the 36 Days Of Type Project to talk about mental health. The resulting images are simple, evocative and brilliant.
Therapy is not just you unloading to a stranger. It is you talking about your issues and someone nudging you towards making sense of it and then slowly helping you tweak your thought process and perspective so that things don’t seem so grim anymore.
Narratives about mental illness are often expected to provide a message of hope. I am not here to tell the world that things will be okay.
Some women get postpartum depression after childbirth, leading to guilt for not wanting to care for the baby in the way expected of them.
My story of recovery is like most stories of recovery - you get functional, even jubilant, then you crash, and regress. Do not stop therapy.
I first felt the desperate need for self-love when I was tired of how much society fuelled the idea of me hating every part of myself.
Continue therapy sessions, and suddenly you’ll find that the voice of your therapist is now becoming your inner voice and you’re on the road to getting better.
Your ex is considering marriage and you are living alone, eating takeout for one, creating little adventures in life, planning trips and dates for yourself, discovering happiness in the little and big things about you and growing into the wonderfully, authentic person that you are. Hey, that isn't half bad!
Patriarchy and harassment in public spaces, both online and offline are acceptable, but emotional expression is not. Women’s emotional reactions are stigmatised as ‘crazy,’ ‘hysterical’ and ‘irrational.’
Depression is a complicated and debilitating illness. To put it into a form where those who have experienced it are able to identify with it and those who have never had it, to learn something from it, calls for incredible talent.