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Why Communities Should Lead the Mental Health Movement in India

A 500-year old dargah (Islamic shrine) in Unava, Gujarat, is today the site of a quirky merger of faith healing and modern psychiatry. For centuries, local legend has credited the Hazrat Saiyed Ali Mira Datar dargah with the power to cure various mental illnesses. But since 2008, the dargah’s mujavars (traditional healers) have been trained by experts […]

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Bloomberg Quint – Mental Health and COVID19

More Attention, No Institutional Mechanism For every million people in India, there are just three psychiatrists, and even fewer psychologists, according to a 2015 WHO report. Mental health professionals discontinuing appointments during the lockdown compounded the problem for patients. Add to that the stress and anxiety from job losses, loan defaults, and the general uncertainty. […]

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As India's lockdown ends, a mental health crisis is just beginning

Cases of mental illness have risen by 20% in India since the country went into lockdown. Only through local, community-based responses will India find the capacity to cope with this unfolding crisis. Here are three evidence-based approaches that can unlock the power of communities in this fight. India witnessed the largest containment experiment in history, […]

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BILL GATES MEETS NEW-AGE HEALTHCARE LEADERS FROM INDIA: 3 TAKEAWAYS

Microsoft co-founder (and the world’s richest man) Mr. Bill Gates was recently in India to explore, learn and be updated about innovations happening in the healthcare and agricultural sectors with some private sector companies. During the course of his visit, Mr. Gates met up with healthcare leaders of the likes of Dr. Naveen Nishchal (Chairman […]

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Early to rise…

Story on coaching in Hindu Business Line It is here that coaching gains importance. Dr Ashwin Naik, who co-founded affordable healthcare services chain Vaatsalya in 2004, says it is challenging to juggle multiple roles during the early stages of the entrepreneurial journey, particularly for first-timers. “As they say, it is lonely at the top. A […]

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Not without my coach

From Mint – July 13 2015 In April, Ashwin Naik, co-founder and director of Bengaluru-based Vaatsalya Healthcare, moved away from his executive role as the company’s CEO. He had co-founded Vaatsalya, an award-winning chain of affordable hospitals in under-served tier-2 and tier-3 towns, 10 years ago with fellow doctor V. Hiremath. Naik, 42, has now […]

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