World Mental Health Day: Taking Care Of Mental Health At Work

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According to research, one-third aka 30% of our lives are spent at work. That’s a big number, which is why savvy employers invest in occupational health.  Now although occupational health involves maintaining physical, mental and social well-being of employees, mental health is still largely ignored. Worse, this phenomenon is global, with the degree of ignorance varying as per culture and (lack of) awareness. With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental health condition at work, this is a disturbing state of affairs.

Personally, I feel India is one of the countries where mental health is most severely disregarded. And this needs to be remedied immediately. On World Mental Health Day today, I wrote a piece for Indibeat on how Indian companies don’t take mental health seriously. I conclude with what they can do to enable good mental health. Do take a read to know what it’s like to work at a typical company in India.

Does your company help take care of your mental health? What does a mentally healthy workplace look like to you? Let me know  your experiences and opinions in the comments below. 

Living With Depression: Five Effective Steps To Keep Your Family And Friends Safe

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According to the WHO, every 40 seconds, one person loses their life to suicide. A global phenomenon, it has put India on the map as the country with the highest youth suicide rate. Unsurprisingly, the primary cause is depression. On World Suicide Prevention Day today, let’s take a look at what you and I can do to make living with depression easier.

Step 1: Validate its existence
First things first, let’s get this straight: depression is not mythical, it is not a way to get attention, and it certainly isn’t cool. It is a mental illness that is as real and potent as cancer. Continue reading

In The Spotlight: Busting Clichés At For Writers, By Authors!

FWBA First Book Spotlight

Presenting the first of the FWBA Book Spotlight, and we kickstart it with Mahevash Shaikh’s short and profound nonfiction book Busting Clichés.

The book will be up here for the entire day today, and you may feel free to ask the author questions in this post. At the end of the day, we shall select some of the random commenters to win copies of the book. There are 10 copies to be won. (Print copies for India; eBook outside India.)

So, go ahead, find out more about Busting Clichés and ask interesting questions.

So this is what happened last Saturday: Busting Clichés was the very first book chosen to feature in FWBA’s book spotlight initiative.  The icing on the cake was that it chosen by the founder of the group: Neil D’Silva himself. 

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#RedefineNormalToday – Are You Getting The Messages?

Messages Be Everywhere

Personalized messages are everywhere…and they’re just waiting to help you. The question is, are you listening?

If you are wondering what’s on my plate, it’s melted chocolate maple syrup and freshly cut banana. It looks messy but tastes pretty great. And is it just me, or does that piece on top look like someone meditating?

This blog post is a part of The Normal Project.

Graphic Design In The Future: What Will It Be Like?

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I think I have always had a thing for art. Forms like literature, paintings, films, and music know just how to move and fascinate me. In my engineering days, I was introduced to a new type of art: design. Since it was only a small part of an overwhelmingly drab curriculum, it failed to get my attention. Only after I landed my first job as a technical writer did I realize how intriguing design can be. Continue reading

#RedefineNormalToday – What On Earth Is A Normal Mood?

Normal Mood What's That

According to my mood ring chart, my current mood is ‘normal’. Yes, really. Face With Rolling eyes Emoji

I have no idea what that means! Do you?

PS Wonder what that rolling eyes emoji is doing up there?  Well, I love emojis and I just found out that today is World Emoji Day 🙂

This blog post is a part of The Normal Project.

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