A few days ago, there was much rejoicing and celebrating in the mental health community. The Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously passed the Mental Health Care Bill 2013, which seeks to provide better healthcare to people with mental illness and safeguard their rights. One of it’s salient features was giving a person the right to select a representative who would speak for the person if she or he gets diagnosed with a mental illness.
"Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results," said Albert Einstein. This describes the Mental Health care system that has existed all over the world and in the present Mental Health Care Bill 2016 that was recently passed.
The Mental Health Care Bill 2016 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 8th August 2016. This Bill created lot of controversy within the sector as there seemed to be a never-ending tussle between persons with mental illness, the caregivers and the professionals who offer medical services.
Kripa Joshi, a comic artist from Nepal who currently lives in the UK, is breaking this stereotype one comic a time. Kripa's character Miss Moti is a fat South Asian woman who can do anything she wants to and is an icon of body positivity.
I’ve suffered from depression for as long as I could remember, but that’s difficult for me to say out loud – not because I’ve ever shied away from sharing my life experiences, but because part of me believes that I’m making my depression up.
Childhood sexual abuse often has a huge impact in an individual’s mental health and has far reaching consequences. The mental health conditions most associated with childhood sexual abuse are post traumatic stress disorders, eating disorders, depression, and substance abuse disorders.
One of the more frustrating things about depression is knowing that your brain is lying to you and not being able to stop that -- often it will find a weakness and highlight it beyond proportion and with no kindness. Over the years I have gathered resources and ways to help me in my episodes.
Pranita Kocharekar really wanted people to know that they're not alone; she illustrates relatable feelings and emotions of an anxious person.
Naming my depression and anxiety was just the first step. It felt monumental, it probably was, but it was a small step in the life that awaited me.
Mental health professionals has to check their power and privilege as much as anyone else.