One Future Collective is an organization that works towards building compassionate youth social leadership through the use of art, education, community intervention and policy advocacy – across verticals of gender justice, mental health, legal reform and development policy.

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Author: Shruti Venkatesh

PsychBeat | All You Need To Know About Expressive Arts Therapy

PsychBeat is a monthly column by Shruti Venkatesh which intends to look at innovative therapies that can be used to counter mental health issues. Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT), a form of therapy which is relatively new in its formation but is rapidly gaining popularity, combines psychology and various arts (movement, drawing, painting, sculpting, music, writing, sound, and improvisation) to promote emotional growth and healing. “Basic art, movement, dance, clay, toys, drama and other artistic modalities...

“Do I Look Good Enough in this Picture?” – Selfies, Social Media and Mental Health

'Selfitis' is not a real disease, but the mental health aspects surrounding selfies are not to be taken lightly.  Selfie, a word that made its way to become the word of the year in 2013, as described by the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media” by the same. The obsession with self-portrait photographs...

Why is Geriatric Mental Health a Less Discussed Issue?

Debunking associated myths and beliefs. Mental health issues in the elderly are more often than not treatable. Unfortunately, this is not the popular opinion. As the geriatric population is on the rise, their mental, as well as physical healthcare, needs significant attention. However, their healthcare is often viewed as a personal challenge of the families and caretakers. If stigmatising mental health wasn’t enough, there is a huge amount of stereotyping directed towards ageing. Consequently, geriatric...

The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017

Its key features and challenges. The Mental Healthcare Act which was passed on 7th April, 2017 seeks to replace the Mental Health Act, 1987. The 1987 Act failed to acknowledge the agency of those with mental illnesses and adequately safeguard their rights. Initially introduced in the Parliament in August, 2013, the bill was finally passed last April. The Act mainly aims to protect the rights of persons with mental illnesses and promote and provide mental...

AI and the Future of Psychotherapy

What do we have in store for us? Can a Chatbot or Freud app fully replace a therapist? As of today, No. It seems plausible that the future of psychotherapy involves significant advancements in AI which will have a profound influence on psychological practice with systems that will administer evidence-based and very effective treatments to clients. Although the application of AI technologies in the mental health care field is filled with the potential to...

The Disadvantage of the Mental Health Scenario to Trans Persons in India

What has the internal stigmatisation and isolation of trans persons led to? It is now a widely recognised and accepted fact that trans persons and gender non-conforming individuals are a part of most cultures all over the world. This, however, has not completely worked towards their advantage. Unique hurdles are always thrown in their way, whether when they're at the workplace or are accessing basic health care. Apart from an already deteriorated physical and sexual health,...

Suicide, Mental Health and Prevention

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people between the ages 15–29, yet it rarely occurs without warning. Although the past ten years have been revolutionary in terms of medication and treatment for individuals with suicidal tendencies, the power of suicide lies in its invisibility. However, suicidal states are almost always temporary and hence, intervention and recognition at the right time can save lives. Suicide can be highly preventable if red...

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