Mental health: 110 insurance products covering mental illness in India, informs finance minister

The Mental Healthcare Act 2017 came into force from May 29, 2018. This Act mandates every insurer to ensure medical insurance for mental health ailments. Law had said that this would be similar to the regular health insurance available for physical illnesses. On July 15, Member of Parliament (MP) from Jalandhar, Santokh Singh Chaudhary raised […]

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Mental health: ‘Don’t deny ambulance services to mentally ill patients,’ says health ministry

When you face a medical emergency at home what is the first thing that comes to your mind? You surely decide to call an ambulance. But what if your patient is facing a psychiatric emergency? The people who run the ambulance service usually ask you what type of emergency is the patient is facing. It […]

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MBBS students to learn how to recognise symptoms of mental illnesses

It will help students identify patients with depression and other mental health-related illness, so that early intervention can take place and the patient can be referred to a psychiatrist. Around 180 MBBS students will participate in this workshop, they will be split into groups. The workshop will train students on how to identify signs of […]

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‘Mental Hai Kya’ renamed to ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ after censor board intervenes

After much buzz about Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s ‘Mental Hai Kya’ getting a title change, the makers have finally decided to revise the title to ‘Judgemental Hai Kya.’ According to reports, members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), along with the film’s producers and leading lady, Kangana Ranaut had an elaborate discussion […]

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Artificial intelligence detects psychosis risk through conversational language

The study, which was published in published in npj Schizophrenia, showed machine learning says that frequent ‘sound words’ (words associated with sound) is one clue to the later emergence of psychosis. The researchers also developed a new machine-learning method to quantify the semantics in people’s everyday conversational language. The researchers investigated potential linguistic indicators in […]

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‘My illness has taught me so much, but most importantly there is hope,’ says Deepika  

Deepika Padukone has not only raised awareness on mental health by being vocal about her struggle with depression, but has also prioritised helping those in need through her NGO, Live Love Laugh. On June 18, the actor was in New York to address the issue of anxiety at the fundraising dinner for the city’s Youth […]

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Ekta Kapoor issues clarification over ‘Mental Hai Kya’ film title

In April, the film faced criticism from psychiatrists and mental health experts for being derogatory to those suffering from mental illnesses, following which they demanded a change in the title of the film from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The film has been mired in controversy ever since it was announced. The title […]

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Workplace yoga can help lower employee stress, suggests study

At any given time, as many as one in six working people suffer from stress and other symptoms related to mental illness, researchers note in Occupational Medicine. Yoga is one of many approaches a growing number of employers are using to combat stress and improve workers’ mental health, but research to date has offered a […]

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