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

YOU CAN LIVE WELL WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA: ASHISH KEJARIWAL TELLS AKHILVAANI

  Schizophrenia is most debilitating of the Mental Illness. It is   a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves . People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Common symptoms of the illness include but are not limited to the false beliefs, confused … Continue reading YOU CAN LIVE WELL WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA: ASHISH KEJARIWAL TELLS AKHILVAANI

Mental Health Care Act, 2017 – A Dream Come True-When I deposed on the Bill to the standing committee of parliament on 4th October, 2013

175248 Above enclosed is the link of the Gazette Notification of the India's audacious, transformational and revolutionary Mental Health Act, 2017 (Act 10 of 2017) as assented to by The President of India, on the seminal 7th April, 2017, the World Health Day when India joined the World to talk Depression and Mental Illness. The … Continue reading Mental Health Care Act, 2017 – A Dream Come True-When I deposed on the Bill to the standing committee of parliament on 4th October, 2013

Akhilvaani in talk with Amrit Bakhshy- His Journey As Care-Giver and making of his Book-“Mental Illness and Care giving: Challenges, Concerns, Complications”

This post is not about Mentally Ill. This is for Caregivers particularly family caregivers of persons suffering from Mental Illness. This is an interview with care-giver par-excellence Mr. Amrit Bakhshy-this is about his journey as caregiver, this is about most intractable of mental illnesses "Schizophrenia", this is about his pearls of wisdom to both sufferers … Continue reading Akhilvaani in talk with Amrit Bakhshy- His Journey As Care-Giver and making of his Book-“Mental Illness and Care giving: Challenges, Concerns, Complications”

THE NEW DEAL-INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF THE MAKING OF INDIA’s NEW-NEW MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION

Tonight the Google search "Lok Sabha Passess Mental Health Bill" returned me 1,72000 search hits. Closely following it was "Rajya Sabha Passes Mental Health Bill" with 1,05,000 hits. Before I proceed further let me step back to Circa 2009, when the google search "India Celebrates World Mental Health Day" by me on 15th October, had … Continue reading THE NEW DEAL-INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF THE MAKING OF INDIA’s NEW-NEW MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION