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#MyMannDay – Passion for a meaningful life!

#MyMannDay – Passion for a meaningful life!

Like most of us, I also started working in a 9-5 job, weeks and months passed, but I wasn’t satisfied...
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#MyMannDay – My Furry Four-Legged Therapist

#MyMannDay – My Furry Four-Legged Therapist

In a world where people are always absorbed in work to score the first place in the rat race, it’s...
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How to Recognize a Mental Health Crisis — and What You Can Do to Help

How to Recognize a Mental Health Crisis — and What You Can Do to Help

Each year, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness. It’s incredibly common, yet it still has a negative stigma that stops...
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Power of Good Mental Health

Power of Good Mental Health

I had the honor of sitting down with Coral Springs, Florida’s newest heroes. Ms. Jacqueline Cagney and Mr. Alfonso Becerra,...
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Resource Actions: Devising a mental health strategy for Gen Z

Resource Actions: Devising a mental health strategy for Gen Z

Ryan Golden: Generation Z is upon us. Its members are bringing new ideas and ambitions to the workplace — but are...
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Examining the stigma of mental health illness in Malaysia

Examining the stigma of mental health illness in Malaysia

“Mental illness only happens to certain kind of people.” “People with mental illness are violent and unpredictable.” “Mental illness is...
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Mental Health Is A Leading Cause For Why People Are Quitting Their Jobs—Here’s What You Need To Do Now

Mental Health Is A Leading Cause For Why People Are Quitting Their Jobs—Here’s What You Need To Do Now

The results of a recent study showed that 50% of Millennials and 75% of Gen-Zers quit a job due to issues related...
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How Virtual Therapy Apps Are Trying To Disrupt The Mental Health Industry

How Virtual Therapy Apps Are Trying To Disrupt The Mental Health Industry

Millions of Americans deal with mental illness each year, and more than half of them go untreated. As the mental health industry has grown...
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62% of Employees Want Leadership To Speak Openly About Mental Health

62% of Employees Want Leadership To Speak Openly About Mental Health

Multiple studies show that anxiety in the workplace is peaking and burn-out at work is common. What now? The intuitive...
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Men Seek Spaces to Talk about Masculinity and Mental Health

Men Seek Spaces to Talk about Masculinity and Mental Health

On World Mental Health Day, men from across the country took to social media to voice their thoughts on how rigid gender norms about what it means to be a man have caged them in a way that is detrimental to their mental wellbeing.
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Mental health is a care we must share

Mental health is a care we must share

Wide social networks can help to shield people from mental disorder. A leading psychologist argues that we should celebrate this collective responsibility
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#MyMannDay – My Love-Hate with Travel

#MyMannDay – My Love-Hate with Travel

Traveling is an experience. An experience that gives us a sense of calmness, adventure, and excitement at the same time....
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Think you know what mental illness looks like? Think again

Think you know what mental illness looks like? Think again

Mental illness could look like the mother of three suffering from post-partum depression. Or a single man with an engineering...
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Mental illness rises alongside pressure to succeed

Mental illness rises alongside pressure to succeed

Mental health and illness is a major concern for today’s youth. According to a survey released by Pew Research Center...
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Mental Health And Law: A History Of The ‘Suicide Law’ In India

Mental Health And Law: A History Of The ‘Suicide Law’ In India

TW: The article addresses suicide. Did you know that until a year ago, a suicide attempt could land Indians living...
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Six Reasons to Go Paleo for Mental Health

Six Reasons to Go Paleo for Mental Health

If you are living with a mental health problem of any kind, there are many dietary strategies you can use...
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Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India

Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India

India is the second populous country in the world and leads in the number of cases of child sexual abuse and child sexual...
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The Link Between Air Pollution And Mental Health Disorders Is Getting Stronger

The Link Between Air Pollution And Mental Health Disorders Is Getting Stronger

A growing number of studies are pointing to a link between exposure to air pollution and mental health disorders across...
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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Every year close to 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide....
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New global ‘scorecard’ to map extent of mental illness crisis

New global ‘scorecard’ to map extent of mental illness crisis

Countries will be assessed on successes and failures in bid to identify effective treatments and improve sketchy data on depression and anxiety
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Top of Mind for the W.N.B.A.? A New Mental Health Plan for Players.

Top of Mind for the W.N.B.A.? A New Mental Health Plan for Players.

After the W.N.B.A. finals, the league will enter off-season discussions that will dictate the future of the W.N.B.A. One top agenda item? Mental health care.
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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

A surge in anxiety and stress is sweeping UK campuses. What is troubling students, and is it the universities’ job to fix it? By Samira Shackle
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‘Divyangjan’ is a controversial word similar to ‘mentally ill’, says U.N. body

‘Divyangjan’ is a controversial word similar to ‘mentally ill’, says U.N. body

CPRD expresses concern over people with disabilities in Assam detention centres...
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Destigmatising mental health

Destigmatising mental health

Most patients and their families prefer being in the denial mode
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A fourth of Indians consider dementia ‘dangerous’

A fourth of Indians consider dementia ‘dangerous’

Almost a quarter of Indians surveyed said that they considered those suffering from dementia to be “dangerous” and about three-fourths...
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Not all is music to our ears, say researchers

Not all is music to our ears, say researchers

What does it mean to ‘hide’ behind music? What could listening to music on loop indicate if it makes the listener feel worse? And could the answers to these questions be connected to mental health?
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People, heal thyselves: Nigeria’s new mental illness approach

People, heal thyselves: Nigeria’s new mental illness approach

It was a most unusual consultation. Dr Ayo Ajeigbe received the patient at his private practice in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital,...
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Don’t Forget A Mental Health Check-In On Your To-Do List

Don’t Forget A Mental Health Check-In On Your To-Do List

Often lost amidst the challenges and tasks of running a business are the considerations of the human side of things....
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Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

For the first time, world leaders are recognizing the promotion of mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment...
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Feeling depressed? This Chinese game may be the answer

Feeling depressed? This Chinese game may be the answer

When it comes to reducing depression risk among middle-aged and older adults in China, playing a game of mahjong may be the answer, according to new research...
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With economy in downturn, India Inc’s senior executives grapple with severe mental stress

With economy in downturn, India Inc’s senior executives grapple with severe mental stress

Psychiatrists and psychologists now have more callers who complain of work stress and fear of losing jobs.
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IIT graduates lead the way in mental health care

IIT graduates lead the way in mental health care

Organisations, including 1to1help.net, YourDost and Moodcafe, that are founded by IIT alumni have brought technology into mental health.
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How can workplaces better support employees’ mental health?

How can workplaces better support employees’ mental health?

A study in India found that more than 40% of corporate employees suffer from depression and anxiety. It’s a common illness, yet talking about...
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Loneliness of a big city dweller

Loneliness of a big city dweller

People, people everywhere, but not one to connect with. Urban Indians, especially the young, are sinking into loneliness...
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Everyman’s guide to burnout

Everyman’s guide to burnout

To avoid burnout, we have to intentionally and deliberately nurture a well-being state. A state that is laden with positive energies...
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‘As many as 2.3 lakh Indians commit suicide every year’

‘As many as 2.3 lakh Indians commit suicide every year’

Suicide prevention needs a multi-pronged approach. For a country like India that accounts for the maximum number of suicides according...
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44 Children’s Books About Mental Health

44 Children’s Books About Mental Health

From a hedgehog too anxious to go ice skating to a puppy who can’t make his letters come out right,...
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India Is The World’s Most Depressed Country With Every 6th Indian Suffering From Mental Illness

India Is The World’s Most Depressed Country With Every 6th Indian Suffering From Mental Illness

People still misinterpret what mental health or illness is due to the taboo around it. And this is the reason...
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More states requiring mental health education by law

More states requiring mental health education by law

Talking about mental health isn't taboo in Andrea McCabe's fifth-grade class at Chatterton School in Merrick, New York. It's just...
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#MyMannDay – Calming Anger through Arts & Crafts

#MyMannDay – Calming Anger through Arts & Crafts

Everyone has emotions and anger is one of them. Being angry for the things you don't like is okay sometimes,...
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#MyMannDay – The Art Of Self-Care

#MyMannDay – The Art Of Self-Care

I am a very skinny boy since my childhood. My friends used to call me names for being weak. I...
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#MyMannDay – How Dancing Lifted Me Up

#MyMannDay – How Dancing Lifted Me Up

After finishing my 12th grade, I went to Christ University, Bangalore for college. It was an extremely difficult experience because...
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#MyMannDay – My family, my strength

#MyMannDay – My family, my strength

How my family helped me in coping with a dark period in my life. When I turned 13, the teenage...
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#MyMannDay – My Tiff with Science

#MyMannDay – My Tiff with Science

11th standard is a difficult time for everyone, and for me, it was a little more so. Choosing what to...
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To Treat or to Heal? The Mental Health Imbroglio

To Treat or to Heal? The Mental Health Imbroglio

The question that needs to be asked is, how many of those being treated for mental illness are recovering? Does the current treatment regimen...
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How a guerrilla campaign made history by pushing mental health into Cong, CPM’s election manifestos

How a guerrilla campaign made history by pushing mental health into Cong, CPM’s election manifestos

A campaign called 'Bridge the Care Gap' has been lobbying political parties to commit to the implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act and the National Mental Health Policy.
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‘Passport picture of face for disability document enough’

‘Passport picture of face for disability document enough’

PANAJI: Denying that it insists on full-body photographs to issue...
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The Indian women abandoned because of mental illness

The Indian women abandoned because of mental illness

Mental illness is often neglected in India because of stigma and poor care. But women are the worst affected and are mostly abandoned by their families, writes Raksha Kumar.
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‘New law is the most progressive globally’

‘New law is the most progressive globally’

The Mental Health Care Act enshrines equality for mentally ill people with those who have physical health problems in all matters related to health care
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Govt’s sensitising through NMHP regarding mental illness

Govt’s sensitising through NMHP regarding mental illness

New Delhi, Feb 10 (UNI) To address the burden of mental disorders, the Centre is implementing the National Mental Health Programme since 1982, under which...
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HealthWise: Why schools must address teen depression, anxiety

HealthWise: Why schools must address teen depression, anxiety

Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety first emerge in late childhood and early adolescence and often continue into adulthood, but 67% students are clueless about these common mental health problems.
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Workplace Spirituality: Why & How it Works like a Charm

Workplace Spirituality: Why & How it Works like a Charm

When reading the slowly increasing bulk of research literature about the positive results of workplace spirituality – it is a...
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‘Always On’ work culture is affecting mental health of Indians

‘Always On’ work culture is affecting mental health of Indians

The growing ‘always on’ work culture has cost employees their mental health. And, it isn’t helping productivity either. “The underlying...
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Children Won’t Say They Have Anxiety, They Say ‘My Stomach Hurts!’

Children Won’t Say They Have Anxiety, They Say ‘My Stomach Hurts!’

As children grow and develop, they experience a number of emotional reactions that they know are different or even negative...
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Powerful Architectural Illustrations Visually Interpret Mental Illnesses

Powerful Architectural Illustrations Visually Interpret Mental Illnesses

Italian illustrator Federico Babina has turned his attention from movies stars and fairy tale characters to the deep emotions felt...
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The Promise of Self-Compassion for Stressed-Out Teens

The Promise of Self-Compassion for Stressed-Out Teens

At a lunchtime workshop at Princeton for overscheduled, underslept college students a few years ago, I was teaching a three-step...
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Getting mental health into the curriculum

Getting mental health into the curriculum

When one hears the word ‘curriculum’ in the context of mental health, it might seem bewildering. What could the contents...
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Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school

Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school

After the recent report by The Children’s Society that a quarter of 14-year-old girls have self-harmed, many campaigners have called...
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‘My Schizophrenia Is Not A Disease, It’s A Condition That Unlocks Worlds’

‘My Schizophrenia Is Not A Disease, It’s A Condition That Unlocks Worlds’

A day after my last instalment of ‘Second Thoughts’ was published, K wrote to me on an email address we...
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‘Mental health apps have gaps in information’

‘Mental health apps have gaps in information’

Mental health and well-being, often the subject of self-help books, is now the focus of apps by entrepreneurs identifying a...
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How to deal with a population ignorant of unwell mind

How to deal with a population ignorant of unwell mind

The state of mental health in India is worrying, and what is grave is the fact that the challenge is...
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Facing Discrimination While Advocating

Facing Discrimination While Advocating

I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also...
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It’s time to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace

It’s time to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace

By 2030, it is predicted that mental health problems will be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Currently,...
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Teaching children to be resilient could be key to their future mental health

Teaching children to be resilient could be key to their future mental health

Poor mental health among young people is on the rise in the UK, while access to support and treatment remains...
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How TV has brought mental health issues into the light – and helped to banish stigma

How TV has brought mental health issues into the light – and helped to banish stigma

Chances are you know someone with depression; it affects some 300 million people around the world and suicide is the...
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Indian Schools Need Counsellors As Mental Illness Strikes Early In Children

Indian Schools Need Counsellors As Mental Illness Strikes Early In Children

Last year, Rishika (name changed), a 12-year-old student of a reputed school in the national capital, began feeling restless. She...
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NDDTC, AIIMS submits report “Magnitude of Substance use in India” to M/O Social Justice & Empowerment

NDDTC, AIIMS submits report “Magnitude of Substance use in India” to M/O Social Justice & Empowerment

National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi submitted its Report...
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That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

Its just been a week since I am off my antidepressants. You read it right. I was on antidepressants from...
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Study: Lingering illnesses can trouble women for years after assault, workplace harassment

Study: Lingering illnesses can trouble women for years after assault, workplace harassment

Women can experience lingering health problems years after workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault, a new study finds. These health...
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How AI can help tackle mental health issues

How AI can help tackle mental health issues

A few years ago, toward the end of his life, my father battled severe depression. As a physician and professor,...
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Need for suicidal posts on social media to be addressed

Need for suicidal posts on social media to be addressed

Even as suicide rates in Malaysia remain murky, mental health practitioners are calling for more urgent action to prevent suicides....
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Mortality in Mental Disorders and Global Disease Burden Implications: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Mortality in Mental Disorders and Global Disease Burden Implications: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

IMPORTANCE Despite the potential importance of understanding excess mortality among people with mental disorders, no comprehensive meta-analyses have been conducted...
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5 Ways You’re Shaming Mental Illness And May Not Know It

5 Ways You’re Shaming Mental Illness And May Not Know It

The consequences of mental health stigma are extensive. It makes mental illness seem like a character flaw, which is totally...
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Burger King Releases Unhappy Meal Because No One Is Happy All The Time

Burger King Releases Unhappy Meal Because No One Is Happy All The Time

The new options, dubbed 'Real Meals', are inspired by a selection of different moods, including the Pissed Meal, Blue Meal,...
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India Is Facing Mental Health Crisis, But Most Political Parties Don’t Bother To Find Solution

India Is Facing Mental Health Crisis, But Most Political Parties Don’t Bother To Find Solution

Shhh... (followed by a long silence) This still is the immediate reaction of the majority of Indians when the topic...
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‘It can be a wonderful freeing moment’: opening up about mental health at work

‘It can be a wonderful freeing moment’: opening up about mental health at work

I would rather tell an employer I have excruciating period pain or terrible diarrhoea than say I need to take...
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#MyMannDay – I am still scared to be body shamed

#MyMannDay – I am still scared to be body shamed

I was body shamed in 5th Std by being called "Moti Maharani" because I used to be a little plump....
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#MyMannDay – Liberate: My OCD Fighter

#MyMannDay – Liberate: My OCD Fighter

I have had OCD since I was in the 8th grade. It did not come gradually- at least that's not...
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#MyMannDay – The ‘invisible’ disability

#MyMannDay – The ‘invisible’ disability

I am an adult with Asperger's. I was diagnosed at the age of 28. Till then it was one hell...
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#MyMannDay – Battle with Bullying

#MyMannDay – Battle with Bullying

Throughout my school life up until 7th grade I used to look like this. It made me feel good but...
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#MyMannDay – The importance of time in healing me

#MyMannDay – The importance of time in healing me

I was in 7th grade when I got the taste of real depression and loneliness for the first time. Due...
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#MyMannDay – Expressing feelings through words, always

#MyMannDay – Expressing feelings through words, always

After being sexually abused at the age of 14, life has not been easy in anyway shape or form. Generalized...
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#MyMannday – Fight for your lovely life, Fight for yourself

#MyMannday – Fight for your lovely life, Fight for yourself

Depression in LGBTQ community is usually rooted in discrimination and victimization from childhood & adolescence. Depression & Anxiety Disorder is...
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#MyMannDay – Counting Colours

#MyMannDay – Counting Colours

Art has always been a release for me- ever since I was a kid. I enjoyed the calm it would...
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#MyMannDay – Belief is magic! You are the magician!

#MyMannDay – Belief is magic! You are the magician!

Biting nails, revision after revision, and fear of not performing up to the mark! Phew, exam struggle is real! Back...
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#MyMannDay – Life is too small to squander it away!

#MyMannDay – Life is too small to squander it away!

Hi! Let's try and be brief here - sometime around when I was 20-21, I just disintegrated. It was horrible,...
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#MyMannDay – Face to Face with your Inner Strength

#MyMannDay – Face to Face with your Inner Strength

To be honest, it takes a lot of energy to accept and get out of that state where you are...
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#MyMannDay – Speak your ‘Art’ out!

#MyMannDay – Speak your ‘Art’ out!

I have had my own share of ups and downs just like every other person and I think I have...
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#MyMannDay – The environment around is what matters

#MyMannDay – The environment around is what matters

I was born in an era where talking about mental health issues was considered utter nonsense. People would call people...
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#MyMannDay – Whistling Words

#MyMannDay – Whistling Words

My poems are just the way I express my feelings. I am a very introvert person when it comes to...
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#MyMannDay – Voicing your thoughts!

#MyMannDay – Voicing your thoughts!

Suddenly I would start trembling, crying for no reason. I would just go numb, unable to speak or explain what...
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#MyMannDay – Talk it Out!

#MyMannDay – Talk it Out!

I have always felt that it’s okay for people to change with time and gradually adapt themselves to the situations...
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#MyMannDay – Allow yourself to Heal

#MyMannDay – Allow yourself to Heal

Personally, realising the triggers has been a battle. What affects me and why it affects me the way it does,...
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#MyMannDay – Poetic Expressions

#MyMannDay – Poetic Expressions

My poems are just the way I express my feelings. I am a very introvert person when it comes to...
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#MyMannDay – Colouring away stress!

#MyMannDay – Colouring away stress!

Starting on an absolute honest note, I am not sure what good mental health means, but I sure can think...
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Perk Me Up #14

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Owlturd – Shen T

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Gender-based colours in toys can spur harmful stereotypes

Gender-based colours in toys can spur harmful stereotypes

The colour discrimination in the toys can manipulate the idea of gender roles set by the society in children at a tender age. Once a child learns about a specific gender identity, their behaviour can be guided by the standards set as being appropriate for their specific sex.
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Mindfulness boosts student mental health during exams

Mindfulness boosts student mental health during exams

Cambridge University research shows technique helps to build resilience among undergraduates even in periods of high stress.
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Can food change your mood?

Can food change your mood?

The link between food and diabetes, heart disease and obesity is well known, but can what you eat also affect your mental wellbeing?
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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Research shows hardiness is the key to the resiliency for not only surviving, but also thriving, under stress. Hardiness enhances performance, leadership, conduct, stamina, mood and both physical and mental health.
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Men: A Different Depression

Men: A Different Depression

Psychologists try to help men get help, open up.
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