November 2019 Meeting

We met for a few hours yesterday. It was just three of us, which happens often but it was good to catch up. There was tea, there were masala peanuts, coconut barfis, a singular shared orange, Noah and catch up time. There was conversation around the mechanics of creating and holding “safe space”: What does…

Meet Rachel – a horse with two names

Rachel David is a practicing mental health counselor, interested in gender, sexuality and cross cultural perspectives. During her masters studies, she specialized in industrial psychology and counselling and is interested in creating safe spaces in and around herself. Rachel taught at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, before she moved to Dehra Dun where she currently lives (and hibernates).  I…

Talking about mental health in academia

I was oblivious to mental health disorders and illnesses for most of my life. Of course I knew about many of them, but not much more. But, as often happens, it is when your nearest and dearest suffer that you begin to take notice of issues that were not on your radar. When a close…

Conversations with the floppy-eared Monster

(This is a long, rambling conversation with the notorious big, bad wolf. Dive-in if you’re not the faint-hearted) Nis: Hey Noah! (Whistles)…  Hello…. What’s up? Noah: (Bushy tail swishing side to side)…. Kee.. Kee…Kee…  (I’m happy to see you but don’t expect me to act like a goddamn Lab) (transitioning away from dogspeak) Nis: How…

Meet Prashanth – our friendly neighbourhood Daktre

13 April 2018 About Prashanth (or Daktre as he is fondly known) –  Prashanth is an avid birder (avid – is an understatement) and somebody I go-to when I would like to discuss issues regarding mental health. While we bond over wildlife and conservation, he is also known for his humble and humanistic approach to…

Mental Health in Academia – A session with Dr Sudipto Chatterjee

11 May 2018, National Centre for Biological Sciences Resource person: Dr Sudipto Chatterjee is an adjunct faculty at National Institute of Advanced Studies, and works with Parivartan Trust and Sangath. The session commenced with three anonymous accounts that were read out by the organizers and we were told of the particularly high prevalence of mental…