Tag: mental health

  • 5 mental health NGOs in India helping the poor and marginalized

    5 mental health NGOs in India helping the poor and marginalized

    THE world around us is undergoing rapid changes, from extreme weather conditions to increasing unemployment in marginalized communities. For the poor and underprivileged, when life comes crashing down, the consequences are difficult to cope with. But this is made worse by the lack of support and assistance to overcome severe psychological or psychiatric struggles caused…

  • What is International Day of Happiness?

    What is International Day of Happiness?

    HAPPINESS is often considered the ultimate pursuit of human life and this value finds a global celebration on International Day of Happiness. Each year, it is celebrated on March 20th and serves as a reminder of the importance of happiness in the lives of individuals and communities across the globe. When we are concerned about…

  • Ashadeep: a mental health NGO that rescues and restores

    Ashadeep: a mental health NGO that rescues and restores

    SOME unsung heroes work tirelessly to bring light to the lives of those hidden in the shadows. Dr. Anjana Goswami and her husband Mukul are such heroes who, four decades ago, embarked on a journey to rescue mentally ill homeless individuals, particularly women, from the harsh streets. Their mental health NGO called Ashadeep has been…

  • World Mental Health Day: how donating to fundraisers can help others

    World Mental Health Day: how donating to fundraisers can help others

    DONATING to fundraisers by mental health NGOs provide people with opportunities to raise awareness about mental health issues in India and encourage support for mental health advocacy, education and treatment. Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being and discussions surrounding it have become increasingly prevalent in various parts of the world, including India. …

  • 5 ways to improve your mental health

    5 ways to improve your mental health

    MENTAL health is an essential component of overall well-being, yet it often takes a backseat in our busy lives. Neglecting your mental health can lead to a range of issues, from stress and anxiety to depression and more serious conditions. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prioritize and improve your mental well-being. In…

  • World Mental Health Day: how crowdfunding in India can help people in need

    World Mental Health Day: how crowdfunding in India can help people in need

    WORLD Mental Health Day gives people and NGOs opportunities to raise awareness on mental health issues and make the effort, especially through crowdfunding in India, to address mental health challenges in a country of over a billion people. As the stigma surrounding mental health gradually dissipates, various organizations and individuals are coming together to support…

  • World Suicide Prevention Day: 5 NGOs in India that offer support

    World Suicide Prevention Day: 5 NGOs in India that offer support

    WORLD Suicide Prevention Day is an annual observance day held on September 10th to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 is “creating hope through action” and it underscores the crucial role individuals and organizations play in preventing suicide and providing support to those in crisis. In…

  • Why mental health NGO fundraisers are important

    Why mental health NGO fundraisers are important

    IN recent years, mental health NGO fundraisers have gained momentum, shedding light on the significance of addressing this often-overlooked aspect of human well-being. Mental health NGOs have emerged as crucial players in this arena, working tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of individuals facing mental health challenges. The organizations running these fundraisers play an essential role…

  • International Yoga Day: Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being

    International Yoga Day: Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being

    International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21st every year, is a global event that highlights the ancient practice of yoga and its numerous benefits for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Yoga, a holistic discipline that originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent, has gained immense popularity worldwide due to its ability to promote mental health and…

  • 10 NGOs tackling mental health issues in India

    10 NGOs tackling mental health issues in India

    MENTAL healthcare is the legal right of every Indian under the law. But the state of mental health infrastructure in India is inadequate. According to the 2016 National Mental Health Survey by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), there is hardly one psychiatrist per 100,000 people in India. This is extremely…

  • 10 NGOs helping the mentally challenged in India

    10 NGOs helping the mentally challenged in India

    ACCORDING to the National Mental Health Survey (NMHS), 2015-16, around 150 million Indians live with mental health issues, yet 83% of them do not have access to necessary care. The mentally challenged are often prevented from participating fully in society because of social barriers, stigma and discrimination and, in some cases, even abandoned by their…

  • ‘Mumbai is Kindness Capital of India’

    IN a career spanning three decades, Shishir Joshi has worn multiple hats – journalist,  anchor, lawyer, and now as the Project Mumbai’s CEO and co-founder. He was happy being a hard-nosed journalist, but he quit the profession with the aim to improve the economic and social fabric of the city. Project Mumbai started as a…

  • 6 NGOs tackling mental health issues head-on

    6 NGOs tackling mental health issues head-on

    THE pandemic left deep mental scars. Isolation, loneliness, grief, domestic violence, general anxiety, professional burnout, and post-traumatic stress became part of the health crisis. Covid-19 hit a double blow – both to the body and mind. While physicians and health experts carefully document its effect on the human body, the psycho-social effects on mental health…

  • 10 mental fitness tips while the pandemic rages

    MENTAL health in India needs serious attention according to the World Health Organisation – and alarmingly it is the youth that seem to be the worst hit. A 2018 Lancet report claims that suicide is the leading cause of death in the 15-39 age group in India. With a raging pandemic creating fear and despair, it…

  • Destigmatising Mental Health In Schools

    “MENTAL illnesses are disorders of brain function … and having a mental illness is not a choice or a moral failing. Mental illnesses occur at similar rates around the world, in every culture and in all socioeconomic groups … with 1 in 5 young people suffering from a mental illness.”  So, why are we as…

  • Mental Health On Instagram

    MENTAL health is an invisible health concern that affects millions of people yet is frequently overlooked and underacknowledged. Did you know that mental health disorders make up 15% of total diseases globally? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at…

  • Safe Spaces To Talk About Taboo Topics

    GOOGLE gender, sexuality, violence, and harassment. What you’ll find is a shocking number of articles and figures about these disturbingly commonplace issues. Last year, the global #MeToo movement shook India too and created a sense of community – especially among women – to break the silence around these socially uncomfortable subjects. According to UN Women,…

  • Why Indians Don’t Seek Help For Depression

    THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that India is the country with the highest prevalent rates of depression in the world. Over 56million people suffer from depression and an additional 38million suffer from anxiety-related disorders. These numbers have deep implications and make it very likely that someone you know is suffering from a depressive…

  • Depression: A Threat To Be Reckoned With

    Back in the 14th century, an outcast was someone excluded from society for committing a crime or breaking the law. An outcast was someone like Robin Hood, he was celebrated. However, the definition underwent a drastic change by the time we got to the 21st century. Now an outcast is a depressed person, lurking in the…

  • To Child Refugees, With Love

    DESPITE the world having the most number of displaced people in history, migration is still a controversial topic. There are currently 68.5 million people forcibly displaced globally – 25.4 million of whom are refugees. Refugee: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or violence – a…

  • More celebs need to be real-life heroes

    By CHIRAG MALKANI —- BONO, the rockstar and activist, acknowledges the power of celebrity, saying: “It’s silly, but it’s a kind of currency, and you have to spend it wisely.” That is, if you spend it at all. Yes, there are famous personalities who, like Bono, have aligned themselves to social causes – but are there enough of them,…

  • Small Talk With Ajit Sivaram

    CHANGE leaders do great things, and often that is all we know about them. Here we want to get a different glimpse of the personalities that constitute the development space. Every month we get one leader to answer four quirky questions. This week we catch up with AJIT SIVARAM, the managing trustee of U&I. U&I…

  • Bleeding Heart Or Change Addict?

    By RHEEA MUKHERJEE —- At 33, I have been able to rebrand myself, for all practical purposes, as a writer. I guess I always liked the written word, but with a history of moderate dyslexia, I never thought it was something I’d do full time. It started out very differently. I was what friends called a…

  • NGO of the Week – Paripurnata Half-Way Home

    For the first in our new series NGO of the Week we are happy to present to you Kolkata’s Paripurnata Half-Way Home. Officially, India is home to more than 2.2 million mentally challenged people, although this figure is likely to be a vastly underestimated figure. Typically thought of as incurable and therefore hopeless, mentally ill people…