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We hope these stories will inspire you and more young people to come forward and share their own, helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

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Celebrating Mental Health Day Everyday

Schizophrenia has affected the lives of most important people in my life. These short films capture their stories.

November 8, 2017 • Namarita Kathait • 23 • Delhi

Poem

WHAT AM I

September 12, 2017 • Rubina Mulchandani • 24 • Gurgaon

Poem

Prisoner in my own mind

I have always used writing as a tool to lighten my mood, and always believed that my pen and paper were the only ones who would understand me. However, very recently, I shared this poem with a friend, to tell her how I felt. And the experience of sharing was very positive. She suggested that I share the poem with It’s Ok To Talk.

August 23, 2017 • Anonymous • 25 • Delhi

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You Are Not Alone

I can assure you that depression doesn’t have to be a reason for you to stop living your life fully. There are ways to heal, approaches you can try… healing does take time, but you should start by understanding your condition fully.

August 2, 2017 • Nikita Sailesh • 25 • New Delhi

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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

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How I talked (and wrote) my way out of trouble

Growing up, I was a fairly stocky kid, peaking at a level that can be called “fat but short of obese”. Therefore, it was quite a shock, for my friends to see me wither away to an alarming 48 kilograms during my fourth year in college. I was 21 years old, clinically depressed and in the middle of a full-blown meltdown.

April 4, 2017 • Aditya Mani Jha • New Delhi

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How to help a loved one with depression

What I hated most was when friends would say, ‘I just don’t know how to help you’. I wasn’t asking for anything. I just needed them to listen. Hear me and understand my feelings as my feelings only, and not take offense at how I felt.

April 4, 2017 • Anonymous • New Delhi

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Seven Things That I Have Learned From My Struggles With Mental Illness

I would like to share seven things that I have learned from my struggles with mental illness from these different perspectives.

April 4, 2017 • Shashank Kumar • Bangalore

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The good, the bad and the ugly – My experience with Depression

I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 23. To be honest, I think it was lurking around long before my diagnosis in early 2014. While personally I was relieved (because I knew what the problem was), I was terrified about what my friends would think.

April 4, 2017 • Anovshka Chandy • Bangalore

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My struggle with mental illness

The more vulnerable I let myself be, the stronger I became. The more I talked, the more I felt a version of that validation that I had always sought – a version that felt exponentially better, because it came from myself. I learnt the immensity of the power of the self, and it began changing me in ways I never knew possible.

April 4, 2017 • AMAAYA DASGUPTA • New Delhi