mental health awareness

Depression: My story in our stigmatized society

The concept of depression was foreign to me, and my limited knowledge of it came from the hushed conversations of elders

World Mental Health Day / Our youth is scavenging for mental health resources

In Dhaka, you will be hard-pressed to find a therapist charging a fee-per-hour of less than Tk 1,500.

Level Five’s ‘Semicolon’ is an urge to embrace life

The choice of title, "Semicolon", carries profound symbolism. A semicolon represents the continuation of someone's life despite facing adversity—it symbolises strength in the midst of a storm. In the context of mental health, it serves as an affirmation of solidarity against a myriad of challenges.

Self-care is healthcare

The great news is that through the daily practice of breathing, mindfulness, and other forms of intentional self-care, can actually help individuals overcome stress and improve their livelihood.

#Events / ‘Next-Moner Bondhu I am the solution:’ A youthful event focusing on mental health

The event was aimed to delve into the mental health challenges that the youth of our country face and help them overcome those obstacles to make them better and smarter citizens. Prominent professionals, trainers, and teachers from various fields were involved in the event to provide the training and modules for this youth development program.

Why we tend to avoid therapy

There are many reasons why people choose to refrain from getting the help they need.

OCD: More than just an obsession with cleaning

How many times have you heard a friend or member of your family say that they have OCD because they want things in a certain order or want their surroundings to be spotlessly clean? According to experts, OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety condition, and those who have it will not be able to recognise their symptoms until they start affecting daily life.

Speaking of men’s mental health

A common idea is prevalent in society that men will only talk about power and strength as this is the first lesson they receive from their families while growing up. It is in this initial process of raising a male child that we impart the wrong lessons of life. From early childhood, boys are taught not to cry when experiencing physical pain or mental agony, simply because — “Men don’t cry,” and thus, boys and girls are brought up differently when it comes to teaching them how to cope with pain, physical or mental.

6 things mentally strong people with high Emotional Intelligence never do

Mental strength is the weapon of the successful. Many feel that this is something people are born with but that is a myth easily debunked. Mental strength is the product of Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, which is often considered to even trump the intelligence quotient, or IQ. It is a flexible skill that can be improved with effort and for those that wish to possess this coveted skill, it is equally important to know what not to do, as it is to know what to do, to achieve it. Here are 6 things mentally strong people with high Emotional Intelligence, EQ, never do.

October 10, 2022
October 10, 2022

A Brave New World: How the urban youth are tackling mental health

When addressing mental health in Bangladesh, we’re no strangers to being labelled ‘mad’ or in the Bengali definition ‘pagol,’ when we acknowledge our depression or want to invest in therapy. Among the mentally ill, the youth form a significant number. While many suffer needlessly, others actively seek assistance to tackle their mental health issues and overcome them.   

October 10, 2022
October 10, 2022

Inside the mind of a person suffering from OCD

I was diagnosed as having obsessive-compulsive behaviour (OCD) when I was 22 years old, but I have had OCD all my life. Looking back, it was so obvious, yet how I never got diagnosed earlier is beyond me. Better late than never; at least now I know why I am ‘compelled’ to do the things that I do.

September 21, 2022
September 21, 2022

How can we prevent suicides among the youth?

There needs to be a concerted effort to decrease the burden on our youth and listen to their problems intently

July 19, 2022
July 19, 2022

Contextualising mental health in Bangladesh: The youth perspective

The stigmatisation of mental health care needs to be eradicated by those at the upper portion of the pyramids.

July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022

'I just need 30 minutes of silence'

We call Dhaka a noisy city, but hardly ever do I feel like the noise stops at our doorsteps.

November 30, 2018
November 30, 2018

WORDS THAT HEAL: The comfort of literature in times of mental duress

For Mahera help came not only in the form of relatable characters, but also the physical comfort derived from holding onto a book. "I've carried a book or a Kindle with me during the worst times of my life. It's like a security blanket," she told me.

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