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

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

“Please Make It Free”. Really?

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“Great game…please make it free.”

“Lots of amazing features…I will rate it 5 stars if you make it free again.”

Check out the reviews of any paid application or game in your Windows/Android/Apple app store and you’ll notice one thing in common. Yes, you guessed that right. The irksome ‘please make it free’ comments. Want proof? Just type in “please make it free” in your browser and hit search. (As of today, Google returns approximately 24,00,000 results).

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Working Part-Time Isn’t Always A Compulsion. Sometimes, it’s a choice.

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Everybody is different. We all have unique lifestyles and philosophies, and most of them are accepted as personal choices. Why then, when it comes to our professional life, do so many of us regard working full-time as the default standard? Isn’t the number of hours one wants to devote to work a personal choice too, and an extremely crucial one at that? Continue reading

Writing: What’s Coffee Got To Do With It?

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I need a strong cup of black coffee twice a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Sometimes, I even need three cups to ensure that my mind and eyes are open and functioning. Of course, there have been days when I have gone without it, and they turned out to be blah and creatively disappointing. Continue reading