#IndiaMeTooMentallyIll Thy Time is Now

A decade back activist Tarana Burke started #MeToo movement to kick-start mutual support and solidarity between survivors of sexual abuse. But the hashtag got the traction  and became viral overnight in 2017 once Alyssa Milano used it in support of friend Ross McGowan's allegation of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. The 2017 and 2018 events are … Continue reading #IndiaMeTooMentallyIll Thy Time is Now

SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE- DR. VIKRAM PATEL IN CONVERSATION WITH AKHILVAANI

Dr Vikram Patel is a psychiatrist and a Professor of International Mental Health and a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He also is a Profession at Harvard Medical School.     Vikram is a founder and past Chairperson of Sangath. He has a number of publications to … Continue reading SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE- DR. VIKRAM PATEL IN CONVERSATION WITH AKHILVAANI

Dr. Ankit Patel: Life Lessons from one Psychiatrist’s Fight with Depression

Dr Ankit Patel, welcome to akhilvaani- a platform to "Own-Up Open Up and Talk Mental Illness.  I have been glued to your earlier posts in Facebook, Twitter and Bipolar India about your own fight with Depression, Kindly accept my most sincere gratitude for agreeing to participate in this national festival. Question 1: At the outset, tell us, … Continue reading Dr. Ankit Patel: Life Lessons from one Psychiatrist’s Fight with Depression

The Banyan Story- A Road Less Traveled

Akhilvaani has been silent for a while. But it is apt to restart this journey afresh today- yesterday I was part of unfolding of a fresh chapter of story of a great institution that begs to be told. And what an evening it was yesterday. Sun had just set over the Bay of Bengal. And … Continue reading The Banyan Story- A Road Less Traveled

WHY After 16 years of Erwadi Tragedy-there is a need to Re-Mind India: Erwadi Matters

While  I write this piece, my mind is numb. It straight away takes me to the wee hours of 6th August, 2001, when the unthinkable happened at Erwadi Dargah in Ramanathapuram district of Tamilnadu. "Erwadi Tragedy" is something which a thirty year Indian today may not even have a clue about. But when it happened it … Continue reading WHY After 16 years of Erwadi Tragedy-there is a need to Re-Mind India: Erwadi Matters

Depression is part of who you are it is not what you are. There is life beyond depression: Akhilvaani in conversation with Journalist Ranjitha Gunasekaran

Akhilvaani: Question 1: Ranjitha welcome to Akhilvaani, a platform to "Own Up Open Up and Talk Mental Illness. At the outset, tell us, who you are, what your profession is and what is your passion.(you can tell anything and everything you want to tell in free-flowing manner. I want the people to get a feel … Continue reading Depression is part of who you are it is not what you are. There is life beyond depression: Akhilvaani in conversation with Journalist Ranjitha Gunasekaran

Mission Zero Suicide India an Utopia or most desirable Public Health Goal

I am returning to akhilvaani after a month. Was bogged down due to professional responsibilities. But all along the four words that remained in the back of my mind perpetually are "Mission Zero Suicide India". Today I intend to discuss, the topic which has been bothering me since march. On this year's World Health Day … Continue reading Mission Zero Suicide India an Utopia or most desirable Public Health Goal

Mental Illness-Care Giving Redefined : Akhilvaani in conversation with Ratna Chibber and Tanya Dutt

Care giving  in Mental Illness is a delicate and often frustrating proposition. Most caregivers find themselves ill equipped to handle the situation arising out of severe Mental Illness of a loved ones. Ratna Chibber is made of different mettle. 5th Edition of Satyamev Jayate, well deservedly  tweeted on 2nd November, 2014 about her in its … Continue reading Mental Illness-Care Giving Redefined : Akhilvaani in conversation with Ratna Chibber and Tanya Dutt

Millions Indians with Mental Illness Need Support Beyond Policy, Legislation and Program-here is case of Niraj Chandan

This is the story of Niraj Chandan.  A month back he wanted to share his story with Akhilvaani. Niraj is like most of us-a non-affluent Indian who is husband and father of two dotting children. I was a month late in approaching Niraj to share his story.  It has not possible for him to write … Continue reading Millions Indians with Mental Illness Need Support Beyond Policy, Legislation and Program-here is case of Niraj Chandan