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We believe that all kinds of stories and voices will help break the stigma around mental health. Stories on our platform come from all perspectives and are expressed for different reasons. They come from young people who have faced mental health challenges, and those who have experienced caring for someone with mental health issues.

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Depression, it isn’t just your fight

I believe that people in positions of power, workplaces, families have a responsibility to care and to try to understand others without judgement. It is the responsibility of people in workplaces to understand that productivity doesn’t override mental health and support the employee.

April 28, 2017 • Sudhamshu Mitra • 25

You can survive this

Anxiety and depression are things that can never be expressed in words. It's a throbbing pain. It's when you are lying on the bed and half of your body is paralysed, you're thinking about how you just want to listen, get out, breathe and let it go but you can't because your body is not with you.

April 28, 2017 • Bhumika Mewati • 20

Let’s talk sensibly about depression

My mother, who passed away in September last year, was one of the estimated forty million Indians, who experience depression each year.

April 7, 2017 • Vikram Patel • 52 • New Delhi

On Depression

Having been through depression twice, I realised that what I sought was just someone to talk to. My friends in India were always there to help out and solve the problem for me, but sometimes I didn't need solving, I only needed a patient, non-judgmental ear.

July 7, 2017 • Subhashish Bhadra • 25 • Bengaluru

My Bipolar Disorder And I Aren’t Friends, But We’re Getting Along Better Now

Apart from the medicines which play an important role in managing the illness – another critical part is to know the triggers to of Mania and Depression with Bipolar illness.

July 2, 2017 • Bijoy Jose • 31 • Bengaluru

Breakups aren’t easy, mine was the worst

Coming out of my long term relationship felt like waking up from a long, long nap. I was disoriented and confused. I was constantly haunted by the idea that I would never find anyone else who loved me as he did… I knew I was going through depression, but I refused to go to a therapist, the stigma around seeking professional help was too much to deal with at that time. I sought my friends instead and even my family; I spoke to them every day. Even though they did not know the details of what I was going through, talking to them calmed me. My friends were the pillars of support I needed most at the time.

June 22, 2017 • Nandini Sen • 30 • New Delhi

Videos

An Inside Look at Mental Health in the South Asian Community

Illness is illness. No one is ashamed of going to their doctor for a physical illness, and similarly, no one should be ashamed of getting help for a mental illness. Let’s do our part in tackling this global issue, by giving mental health the attention that it deserves.

June 22, 2017 • Ekta Saksena • 25 • New York, NY USA

How accepting self and my bipolar disorder led me to the path of recovery

It took a lot of courage for to make this video and accept that, yes, I have a mental health problem, and I hope that others will be open to accept their illnesses after watching my video

April 4, 2017 • Pooja Chhikara • 26 • New Delhi

Mental health awareness in India

This video discusses the stigmatization of mental health and psychology in India through interviews with psychologists in New Delhi and an analysis of the role of the media in promoting these stigmas.

April 4, 2017 • Manavii Kumar • 17 • Florida

Artworks

I don’t want to go

April 4, 2017 • Divyanjali Verma • Female • 19 • Lucknow

Relentless Rejection

It’s depression, it controls me, not the other way around.

April 4, 2017 • Ariba Zaidi • 22 • New Delhi

#FINE

April 4, 2017 • Anonymous • Female • 21 • New Delhi

Extend yourself

Sometimes all you have to do is to extend a hand. Don't lose hope if they don't take it right then. Don't predict, don't control, don't analyse. Just come, extend a hand, ask a question, softly say, "I'm here when you want."

April 4, 2017 • Dhriti Sarkar • Female • 19 • New Delhi

Poems

You’re Okay

Quite often we are very afraid to make mistakes, we second guess ourselves even before trying something. And sometimes we end up not doing what we are afraid of at all, because we wonder what society, other people, our friends or families will think, how they might judge us. This needs to stop.

July 27, 2017 • Arundhati Bhatia • 20 • Delhi

Lost Again

I usually don't talk much and prefer writing instead. This poem is for each of those alternative souls who are looking for sanity, love or compassion, a release in poetry, writings, novels, stories, theatre or art. We are in the end, humans, and there is nothing that can prevent us from over-thinking. Over-thinking isn't bad, over-thinkers aren't scary, it is an art that every one of us has developed in our own beautiful way. Embrace it, don't let it drain you away, write your thoughts down, feel them, don't dare you frown.
I am touched by anxiety and by depression, and my only getaway is writing, which was introduced to me by my father, who himself is a photographer/journalist by passion. Knowing that I wouldn't say much he asked me to write instead, and I wrote. I wrote what I'm feeling, the things that I'm going through, things that I over think about, things I don't want to see. I could write what I felt, imagine what I thought not caring about the real, perhaps that is what helped me go through depression though I'm still healing.

June 28, 2017 • Vairali Nagpal • 17 • New Delhi

Maybe

April 28, 2017 • Prateek Dabhade • 20

Walking out of shadows

April 28, 2017 • Vertika Dixit • 33

Silence of A Survivor

April 4, 2017 • Mona Sharma • 38 • New Delhi

You should talk about it more often

April 4, 2017 • Dhruv Trehan • 18 • New Delhi

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