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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a usual way of reacting to danger, it is the fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened by any person or a situation. In simple fashion, Anxiety is a state that occurs when you feel threatened in any situation. Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure. These dangerous situations can be real or anticipated, for example; cracking an interview, appearing for an examination, going on a date or first day at school.Anxiety is a very common condition that can happen to anybody.What Anxiety feels like?Let us Illustrate an example to quote how anxiety feels like. Whenever you get anxious, you feel like someone is following you with a bag full of your thoughts, and even if you try hard you’re unable to get rid of the baggage or the figure carrying the baggage. With each and every thought present in front, you wonder what to do in such a situation? Often want to hide yourself from that figure but are unable to.Anxiety disorder appears when;Major Anxiety disorders include;Generalized Anxiety DisorderGAD is when you feel discomfort in your day to day work, you feel anxious even on small things. This mental state happens due to the disturbance in the chemicals present in the brain which are linked to a person’s mood for example: serotonin etc. You can assess GAD by taking the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7) on the .Obsessive-compulsive Disorder An overwhelming urge or desire to perform a task continuously, leading by intrusive and distressing thoughts. Easily reflects in the daily habits of a person for example: washing hand, cleaning or washing. Post-traumatic Stress DisorderGenerally seen after experiencing a huge incident, for example: being in a war zone, encountering something brutal or un obvious, surviving a disaster. PhobiasAn excessive or repeated fear of something. For example: fear of heights, animals, places and so on. Panic AttacksSudden intense fear that brings a person to the state of panic attack which involves feeling of choking, people often mis concept panic attack as a heart attack.  AgoraphobiaAgoraphobia is the fear of being at places where you feel difficult to escape from.  For example: Being in a public transport or any crowded place.CoronaphobiaThe COVID-19 pandemic has multiple socioeconomic and psychological ramifications. It has caused mental problems such as fear, anxiety as well as physical problems in humans. The concern of COVID-19 has been called coronaphobia. You can assess COVID-19 related anxiety by taking the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS) on the .What Anxiety disorder does to your body?Anxiety disorders can also affect the functioning of your body in several ways including slowing the functioning and processing of your immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, central nervous system and excretory and digestive system.Causes of Anxiety attacks? can also be caused by anxiety issues when severe, features stronger emotions, more intense and overwhelming feelings than other types of anxiety disorders.It tends to start when something triggering appears or you feel you get stuck in a situation. Anxiety attacks are sudden and occur without a warning. For example; an important examination you have to appear for. Anxiety attacks generally peak within 10 minutes and rarely lasts more than 30 minutes. Within this short period of time you get to experience a rush of emotions and with the physical changes people may misconcept anxiety attacks with a heart attack. Where you totally loose control and the feeling of terror or fear reaches to the extent.Anxiety attacks affects your body in several ways including; A panic attack or anxiety attack do share some common symptoms but they are not the same. According to DSM-V anxiety attack is not mentioned anywhere so it comes under a category of panic attack.Self-help for AnxietyResources to help you fight anxiety disordersRemember, having symptoms of anxiety is different than having an anxiety disorder. If you think you have some symptoms of anxiety, it may be time to start a conversation with someone you trust to explore what is going on and how things can get better.
Yashika Agarwal
Yashika Agarwal
Wed Jan 12 2022

How Deepika Padukone Fought Depression

Mental illness is something that people like to hide under the sheath. Even if someone feels depressed – they don’t speak out and go into incognito mode. Mental illness or depression is not something to be embarrassed about – it is something people need to talk about. During bouts of , you might feel miserable about yourself. But during this phase, you need to stay aware. Mental illness begins with accepting that you’re suffering from it. Then, you need to talk about it with your parents, partner, friends, co-workers, or counselors. It is not easy to open up about mental illness and depression. But, in Bollywood, made the first move when she shared her which inspired others to come out and speak. She recently opened up about her depression in a special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati. She quoted her foundation – The Live Love Laugh Foundation – aiming to help all the people who suffer from depression. Facts about Deepika’s storyBeing unhappy is different and not similar to being depressed. Depression is a complicated term and needs proper treatment. Determining the signs of depression is the first step towards healing.In a depressed state, you will feel hopeless. For many people – it is about lost faith and hope. Moreover, there can be a feeling of persistent sadness. When depressed – you will feel a loss of interest in many things. You won’t feel like eating, sleeping and you won’t be able to concentrate on your work. In depression – you will feel fatigued. Most people who suffer from chronic depression feel tired the whole day. Besides, you won’t feel like having your food. , , and depression are co-related. When you’re depressed, many constant fears trigger your mind. Following this, you can get an anxiety attack. A depressed state can cause irritability. You will feel irritated without any reason, as a result – you may even shout at your loved ones.You may gain weight or lose weight in depression. Also, gaining weight is a sign of chronic depression, and most people aren’t even aware of it. When you feel depressed – you suffer from uncontrolled emotions. You can cry any minute or become sad for no reason – you won’t be able to control your tears in sadness. This is a chronic sign of depression. Most people who suffer from chronic depression have suicidal thoughts. As a result of which they may end their life. You need to accept that you are in depression – it is the first step towards healing. Mental illness is a state that can be cured, and it starts with acceptance. Most people emphasize physical health, but mental health is equally important. Therefore, you should do your best to keep your mental health sound. Forgive and forget is a difficult yet best way to move on in life. If you hold past grudges against people – it will also disturb your mental health. The best way is to forgive the person and move on with your life. The energy that you channelize in a positive direction will affect your mental health. If you channelize your energy towards work or your passion – it will bring a good amendment. You can always impact someone’s by sharing your life story, or share your depression story with someone to motivate them and make them feel better. Some battles may be tiring,  but it is important to stay put. You can come out of depression when you fight your own battle and remain aware. Moreover, it is essential not to seek dependency on others. Once you know you’re feeling depressed – seek the support of your family or friends. Call up our best friend and speak your heart out. Besides, you can talk to your loved ones to feel better. It is ok to feel low if you are feeling depressed. You can have your bouts of sadness and mood swings. The key idea is to let out your emotions in some way. Once you know that you are depressed – the best way to seek therapy is through counseling and therapy. through apps can help you to heal in your journey.Self-help care, and resources to help you fight depressionLife is stressful, but controlling stress matters the most—practicing stress-relief techniques like yoga and meditation to manage stress. Reach out to your family if you stay alone and you’re feeling depressed. One phone call or one stay with them will make a difference in your mood.Don’t ignore the signs of depression. Once you know that you are depressed – seek early treatment. Early treatment ensures better healing. Continue the treatment the therapist offers for depression. Unfortunately, depression cannot be treated in a single day – you will need long-term maintenance treatment t for it. Some psychiatrists or therapists prescribe medications for depression. While these medicines can provide you relief, please don’t get too dependent on them for long-term relief. Some open forums and communities invite depressed people to share their stories. Sometimes it is best to pour your heart into strangers – you will feel better.Divert your mind when you feel depressed. Listen to your favorite song or start cooking. Cooking is great for relieving stress – it also changes your mood. It’s easier said than done – but at least you can try. Try staying positive for self-healing. Read good books and go for a walk to feel better. A positive frame of mind is suitable for your mood.Depression can affect your mental, emotional and physical state. It is beyond the feeling of sadness, and it is essential to recognise the early signs. If you cry without reason, are always sad, and don’t feel like doing anything – it is about time you take online counseling for depression. The right therapist will understand your problem, listen to you, and take you on a guided path to healing. As an online counseling session is between two people – you can trust the therapist with your problems. The idea is to speak your heart out – you can do it through online counseling for depression. You can try the app to screen yourself for depression by taking the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) assessment. Further you can book a session with verified psychologists and therapists to help overcome your depressive state.
Mridula Sharma
Mridula Sharma
Fri Jan 07 2022

The Ins and Outs of Understanding Relationships

Love is one of the purest emotion, and marriage solemnizes love. Therefore, most people seek love as an expression of a marriage alliance. Being compatible with someone and spending your life is one of the most meaningful aspects of life. Besides, marriage gives you a sense of fulfilment and the feeling of being with a soul mate. However, there is another aspect of a marriage. Some marriages don’t work even if you give your 100% to them. And, there are many reasons why sincerely committed couples to lose spark with time. But, acquiring skills to make a connection last needs effort, and if you don’t make that effort – the prevalence of relationship troubles starts.Some famous Bollywood couples like – Shahrukh Khan and Gauri, Ajay Devgan and Kajol, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle who have had a successful marriage run – All these stars have quoted that they made efforts and adjustments to make their marriage work.A marriage can’t work if you don’t make adjustments and efforts. Every couple may go through a troubled phase in marriage – but how you deal with the phase is essential. In addition, a successful marriage depends on a lifelong commitment. Moving on is not always ugly. For Example, Hrithik Roshan and Susan, Bill Gates and Melinda handled their divorce with dignity. Even after taking divorce – they chose to remain friends – setting an ideal example of a healthy relationship. Moving on is tough, but you can move on with mutual consent once you know the red flags. ;Online and therapy are essential for couples who wish to seek advice on relationship issues. In fact, any couple going through marital problems can benefit from therapy. A therapist can help the couples work on parenting frustrations, infidelity, financial worries, emotional or substance abuse. Couples that suffer from the difficulties of marriage can talk to an online counselor or therapist who is impartial and committed to being active listeners to both the parties involved. In addition, therapists can act as an advocate for the health of your relationship.In many cases, couples who had filed for divorce reconciled because of a successful . When no one understands – a counselor can better understand your marriage woes. Nowadays, many apps can help you with . We highly recommend you to try We have the best therapists who have successfully helped tens of thousands of people, struggling with relationships, just like you.
Team TickTalkTo
Team TickTalkTo
Wed Dec 29 2021

When “looking at the bright side” is a dull solution to stresses

How many times has it happened that you want to be helpful to a distressed friend and you end up saying…“relax, look at the bright side.”? A number of times, I am sure. We all have, at some point in life tried to make people see positive when they are feeling like they are going through an emotionally difficult time. Or you might be on the opposite side of the spectrum where you were told to “just be grateful for what you have”. Do you ever wonder if this is an effective way to reach the solution of complex emotional problems that we all go through?When is thinking positive not a positive?Let us do a thought experiment.Imagine that the person you were dating broke up with you out of the blue, without a fight or cause. You have tried talking to them plenty of times but their interest has completely shifted and there is nothing you can do. You are feeling miserable, because after all this time that you have spent with them, you were hoping to go forward, perhaps into a committed relationship. You have been crying and feeling helpless and finally reach out to your well-meaning best friend. After spending some time consoling you she/he begins to make you see the positives of the situation. She/he might say “There will be other guys/girls”, or “the market is open for you”, or even turn vengeful and say something like “You can go do the same to someone else and at least enjoy yourself”. But there you are, with all these wonderful thoughts about your ex, with all the complicated emotions you have been carrying around, still helpless. Not that simple is it?So what is happening to you in this moment and why is your friend not able to help you? To understand this we need to first understand negative emotions. such as fear, anger, jealousy, disgust, shame and grief are those states which are unpleasant and cause us significant distress. Clearly, no one would ‘choose’ to be in a negative state, if they had the choice. Often times, they don’t, and the influx of these painful emotions is unstoppable, such as in the case of a blindsided breakup.We’ve always felt at home with ‘thoughts’ and new ideas; we play with them every day. But emotions can seem like aliens inhabiting the body and mind. So many of us don’t know how to relate to them or what to do with them. As is the case with all psychological content, that which we can’t deal with often gets ‘swept under the rug’. And although this approach may seem to work in the short-term, over time repressing our emotions wreaks havoc on our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.What Are Repressed Emotions?Here is another thought experiment to understand repressed emotions.Imagine a seven-year-old is doing homework at the kitchen table. His older brother storms in angrily, pushes his hand over the counter, sending the younger brother’s books flying to the floor. The seven-year-old is enraged, but he quickly sees the rage in his big brother’s eyes. He doesn’t want to get hit too, so he says nothing. Now, what happened to the younger brother’s rage? He doesn’t express it out of fear of the consequences. Instead, he suppresses it. That is, he pushes it down within him. If the boy is successful at pushing his rage away, very soon, he won’t even feel it anymore. (Perhaps he goes and plays video games instead). Does that mean the anger went away? Nope. It just indicates that the boy successfully repressed his rage out of his conscious awareness.Repressed emotions can be expressed as:• Denying feelings• Ignoring feelings• Avoiding communication• Avoiding touch• DistrustHow Repressed Emotions Affect the BodyPsychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich observed the effects repressed emotions had on the body, calling it ‘body armour’. According to him, as we accumulate emotional trauma in childhood, to adapt to our environment, our bodies (and character) begin shielding us from additional emotional pain. This armour hinders our ability to connect with and heal old emotional wounds and experience the resulting release from this process.Emotions and the unconscious are also expressed immediately in bodily action and imaginary symbolization, not only at the verbal/conceptual level. Your overall emotional and mental health is directly linked to your physical health. Repressed anger or other negative emotions may be tied to a higher risk for things like:• Depression• High blood pressure• Heart disease• Digestive problems• Infections• Low energy• PainYou might also have problems in your relationships. You might have problems with:• Saying what you need• Facing conflict• Feeling connected and intimate with othersConnected psychological issues can include:• you can feel low and tired for no real reason, or are mildly depressed• you experience low-level  or on-going stress• you suffer from low self-esteem• your mind is foggy and unclear, you can be forgetful and absent-minded• you use self-destructive behaviours, such as overeating and drinking too much• you struggle with weight issues• you might suffer constant flus and cold (low immune system)• you have sleep problemsSigns That You Might Be Repressing Your EmotionsPatterns of :Patterns of behaving and relating to yourself:Patterns of behaving and relating to others:Adaptive emotional processingA take home messageYou will experience positive and negative emotions throughout your life; that is the deal that comes with being human. The bottom line is that emotions are not the enemy. We need them, and they help us survive. Our interpretation and perception of emotions as bad and wrong, together with not having the right tools to cope, are the problems to focus on.
Mihul Narad
Mihul Narad
Fri Dec 24 2021

Is your anxiety attack excessive and persistent?

Mental distress, unless it reaches severe levels, is considered trivial and ignored. Anxiety is often confused as the body’s natural response to daily stress. As a result, our focus is never on discovering the trigger points unless it reaches excessive and persistent levels.Depending on the situation, everyone experiences anxiety in life at varying levels. For some, it may be short-lived, while for others, it becomes a permanent disorder.Ever wondered what a sudden rush of emotions, heavy breathing, sweaty palms, and trembling feet indicate? Yes, in most cases, these signs of anxiety could spark because of a stressful workday or through a passing worry. But if left neglected, it can worsen only to become a severe threat to your daily life. Moreover, the symptoms of anxiety can disrupt your daily activities and, most importantly, your relationships.So understanding anxiety, its causes, and remedies are of utmost importance.Symptoms of anxietyThe classic symptoms of anxiety you need to watch out for are;Types of anxietyLet us look at the various anxiety disorders in depth;Do I have an anxiety disorder?A combination of a psychometric assessment and clinical interview by a trained therapist is the best way to answer that question. Let us look at the few assessment tools psychologists use to assess anxiety,Most common assessments for anxietyOther assessments for anxietyThe above assessments must be conducted along with a clinical interview with a therapist or psychologist. If you want to assess yourself for anxiety, you could easily access these assessments on the . In addition, you could avail consultation with a therapist as well.Treatments for anxietyPsychotherapyPsychotherapy is known as talk therapy, or it involves psychological counseling where the therapist helps reduce your anxiety symptoms. Therapy is usually long term and involves dedicated sessions with a psychologists every few days. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective therapy technique for treating anxiety-related disorders.For best results, one must commit to the therapeutic process. The recovery usually starts within first few weeks and the process could continue for several months. Since it is a long term relation with the therapist, be sure to select the right therapist. A happiness coach on the can help you find the right therapist for you.MedicationsMedications can help to relieve symptoms depending on the type of anxiety disorder you are suffering from. Antidepressants work at reducing the signs of anxiety disorders. Buspirone is a commonly used drug to treat the disorder. Please note, do not self-medicate. Please use medicines only on prescription by a qualified psychiatrist.Self-careThere are simple and powerful techniques which can help you win over anxiety;Does online counselling help? 
Team TickTalkTo
Team TickTalkTo
Fri Nov 19 2021

A way out of the OVERTHINKING trap!!!

…..I’d been sitting here for almost half an hour, staring at the blank screen hoping to write something, the first thought that came to my mind was, “it needs to be perfect”, I kept thinking about what would be perfect and whatever came to my mind just wasn’t good enough. I kept thinking and different thoughts kept coming to mind, and I just froze.The moment I realised that I’m getting in that spiral, I just took a few deep breaths and reminded myself that “it is okay if it is not perfect, why does it even need to be perfect, I just need to start, I can always edit things”. This simple reminder gave me the freedom to write whatever came to my mind fearlessly and finally I am publishing the blog.What is overthinking?Everyone overthinks things once in a while, although sometimes some people just can’t ever seem to quiet the constant bombardment of thoughts. In such cases, the inner speech usually involves unhelpful thought patterns;People spend hours going through these random thoughts and events, analysing them and stay stuck in their heads. And It’s not just words that people get stuck within their lives but sometimes, images too. People may envision their loved ones dying or replay a distressing event in their minds like a traumatic violent video they saw a news channel. Either way, the tendency to overthink everything holds people back from doing something productive most of the time. As people start overthinking about important issues in their lives, they can get stuck in , , and which leads to even greater personal distress.Research suggests that rumination is a major risk factor for the onset of major mental health issues like major depression and anxiety symptomatology across different age groups.Managing anxiety and ways to stop overthinking1. Determine your controlWhen you find yourself getting zoned out and overthinking, take a deep breath and step back to analyse the things you have control over. If you don’t have much control over the situation, the best you can do is to prepare for it. You can’t control how others behave, but you can control your response, your effort and your outlook. When you focus on the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective in changing the outcome of the situation.2. Identify your fearsSometimes, overthinking may not be such a bad thing, but something that challenges us to confront our fears. What is crippling is the “what if” thoughts. So how do we respond such thoughts? Take a step back and ask yourself,For example, overthinking may look like “At the same time, problem-solving may look like, “.”3. Create a plan to manage your stress3.1 Positive affirmations Using positive statements in various situations can help avoid falling in the trap of overthinking. Preparing for a challenging situationAs you are about to enter a situation or face something that you find overwhelming, for example if you’re about to start a presentation, you can help ourselves to prepare with positive statements such as;Coping with a stressful situationReaffirm your confidence and safety in challenging yourself help activate your “fight” mechanism and improve performance;Reviewing and acknowledging your achievementEven when things don’t go according to the plan, it is important you still take time to review the situation and acknowledge yourself for what you have achieved and the efforts that you have put in. Every small step is progress and part of the process, so try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.3.2 The 54321 Grounding MethodFirst, take a moment to become mindful of your breath. Just taking a few deep breaths invites the body back into the moment, slowing everything down and becoming aware of the surroundings. Here is how you can do it;Repeat this process as many times as necessary. Take your time and notice how you feel afterward.3.3 Count your blessingsBe thankful for what you have, practise gratitude. It is an acknowledgement of value irrespective of monetary worth. You can introspect about it in your own thoughts or write it down, or talk about it with your loved ones, ones you are thankful for what they have done for you. Research shows it is an effective stress management activity and helps people with a heightened level of meaningfulness and engagement in work.3.4 Practise optimismIt is a process to cultivate a habit of thinking a certain way, working on looking at the bright side of life. For example, you can try doing it by having a notebook in which you can write about the best possible future for yourself, or by thinking about the positive aspects of a situation.3.5 Avoid social comparisonYour struggles and achievements are unique and different from that of other people around you. Try not to dwell on your issues and not compare yourself to others. You can use strategies such as engaging yourself in a healthy activity when you start to have such thoughts.3.6 Practise kindnessYou can practice kindness byshowing compassion anddoing good things for others. This can be practised with anyone, friends or strangers or your own self, directly or anonymously, spontaneously or planned. Find a way to learn kindness today and every day.3.7 Develop healthy relationshipsRelationships are an important aspect of our life. Pick a relationship and try working on strengthening it. For example, by investing time and energy in healing, growing, confirming, and enjoying the particular relationship that you want to work on.3.8 Do things that interest youIncrease the number of experiences at home and school/work in which you “lose” yourself, things that you feel passionate about. These are activities in which you feel a “flow” while doing them. For example, activities that you find challenging and absorbing, it can be, reading, sketching, painting, exercising, cooking, travelling, watching movies/series/ documentaries, gardening and so on.3.9 Replay happy momentsWhen we overthink, we usually tend to replay negative thoughts and stressful memories in our minds that overwhelm us. You can put a break to that by consciously thinking about the good things in your life or around you. For example, remembering good times, reviewing an old photo album and sharing memories with a friend etc.3.10 Set goals for yourselfGoal-setting and committing to it is an important component of success, whatever you are aspiring to reach, whether in your career or your personal life. Although try to set realistic and achievable goals. If you aspire too high, you may not be able to achieve it, you may become frustrated and give up. And if you aspire too low, you will not be able to push yourself to reach your full potential. Try picking just one or two goals that mean a lot to you and spend time and effort to achieve them.3.11 Practise forgivenessA lot of negative thoughts that people overthink about, may result from holding onto negative emotions and resentment that they have for other people and sometimes their own selves. By practising forgiveness you can work on letting go of the negative emotions or that anger and hate. For example, you can practice it by keeping a journal or writing a letter of forgiveness.3.12 Practise spiritualityTake sometime to appreciate nature and existence. You can practice spirituality irrespective of whatever faith you may have, it necessarily doesn’t have to be religious.3.13 Care for your body and mindEngage in physical activities, practise meditation, enjoy humour and set healthy boundaries. For example, exercising, keeping a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep/ rest, laughing and smiling.3.14 LearnPick up a new hobby and Involve yourself in a healthy activity like, learning a new music instrument, and/or picking up a new skill like cooking.3.15 Look at the bigger pictureYou can try doing something to add to the greater good in any way possible for you. For example, doing something to protect the environment and living in a sustainable way. Environmental sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It may be helpful to provide greater meaning to your life and look beyond the issues that we face in our day to day life.3.16 Seek professional coaching
Mridula Sharma
Mridula Sharma
Mon Oct 11 2021

World Mental Health Day 2021

Recent global events like the COVID-19 and the Tokyo Olympics have brought the much needed public discourse on mental wellbeing to the forefront. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels.At a more household level, the extensive measures deployed to contain the pandemic have severely impacted all of us. Loss of loved ones, illness, fear of disease, lockdowns, quarantines, isolation, lack of access to essential goods and services, travel restrictions, work from home, job losses, financial impacts etc., have taken a serious toll on everyone’s mental health and continue to do so. This has sensitized the general public on the importance of mental wellbeing.With the spotlight on mental health, we, as a society, have a real shot at bringing in change. I say it with cautious optimism, but we have a chance at scaling up the piecemeal mental health infrastructure like helplines built during the pandemic and make it a sustainable public service. This truly could be the mental health moment the world needs desperately.Mental Health in an Unequal World​​The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.This year the WFMH has chosen the theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 as ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.Mental health conditions contribute to poor socio-economic outcomes, poor health, illiteracy, premature deaths, human rights violations, economic losses etc. across the nations. But the distribution of these poor outcomes is far from equitable. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the lack of respect for human rights in many countries, including for people living with mental health conditions. This year’s theme particularly highlights the adverse impact of inequalities on people’s mental health.In most  low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), mental health is a three-pronged challenge;Sustainable Development Goal 3 and IndiaFor the first time, world leaders are recognising the promotion of mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, as health priorities within the global development agenda. Mental health and substance abuse have been included in the Sustainable Development Agenda, which was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. This single global policy change has moved the needle.In India, there is a growing recognition of mental health. In 2017, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind asserted that we “need to talk about mental health issues and treat ailments such as depression and stress”Following the inclusion of mental health in SDG-3, the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 has been enacted. It replaces the Mental Healthcare Act, 1987 and makes several provisions to improve the state of mental health in India. This includes stating access to mental healthcare as a ‘right’; and instituting Central and State Mental Health Authorities (SMHA), which would focus on building robust infrastructure including registration of mental health practitioners and implementing service-delivery norms. Furthermore the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has directed all insurance companies to make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness.Many more progressive steps like the introduction of ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in Delhi Govt. schools, MCI changing MBBS syllabus after 21 years to focus on mental health, NIMHANS’s national helpline psychosocial support and mental health, KIRAN mental health rehabilitation helpline by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Manodarpan initiative of Ministry of Education for psychosocial support for mental health & well-being of students etc. are strengthening the public mental health infrastructure.These initiatives are not just limited to the government. The private sector is participating as well. Startups like , ePsyClinic, YourDost, InnerHour, Wysa, Now&Me etc. are changing the mental health landscape in India and beyond. Furthermore, non-profit initiatives like Mind@Ease by the Tech Mahindra Foundation, Mariwala Health Initiative, The Live Love Laugh foundation etc. are targeting the underserved population.These are steps in the right direction but it is just the beginning.TickTalkTo and the COVID-19 pandemicTickTalkTo formally launched to production on Oct 10, 2018. We started with a vision of a society where mental healthcare is a fundamental right and every member of our society feels cared for and has the comfort of having someone to lean on. This year’s mental health day marks three years of inception. And well, what a journey it has been!Majority of our work has been during the time of COVID-19. When the pandemic hit and the mental health issues spiked, we were not prepared to handle the increased traffic. We had no idea what we were staring at and we did not have means to service the therapy requests. We didn’t have a choice but do what best we could do within the given constraints. And with some divine intervention things started to work out. Many psychologists started to approach us and offer pro-bono services on the platform to stand in solidarity with the countrymen during the challenging times. This was pivotal. Our spirits were emboldened and one thing led to another. Here are a few highlights from the recent times,We got recognised as a , Govt. of India.UnfinishedMental ill-health is a very serious issue. It impacts each one of us in manners which we don’t realise. It curtails individual freedom, it limits opportunities, it reverses growth and it shatters the nation.Never in the past has so much attention been paid to mental wellbeing. We, as a society, have a real chance to build universal mental health care infrastructure. We must all come together to build more resilient individuals and communities.If you are someone who is suffering, seek help. If you are someone who can help, extend a supporting hand to those in need. All for one and one for all.Let us make sure the conversation around mental health is NOT just a trend every mental health day. Let us make a sustainable change.
Team TickTalkTo
Team TickTalkTo
Fri Oct 08 2021